Saturday, April 20, 2019

Water Through Our Hands, by Ross Showalter

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[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Horror) It’s an old joke that to be a good ASL interpreter, you need to be able to read minds, but when it actually happens to her, Maya discovers that hearing the speakers’ disapproving thoughts about her doesn’t help her at all. (5,927 words; Time: 19m)

"," by (edited by Vanessa Rose Phin), appeared in issue 04/15/19, published on .

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Pro: The account of the stress an interpreter experiences felt very real. I liked the bit where the deaf student helped her by telling her the sign for “Deviance.”

Con: If we assume she’s just imagining things, then there’s zero speculative element in this story at all. Given how she never tells anyone about the telepathy, never figures it out, and the story just drops it, that’s probably the most sensible interpretation of it. Even if we grant that it really did happen, it’s not clear why this seems to make her fear she’s turning into her mother.

Finally, her fierce resistance to telling anyone what’s happening or letting anyone help her at all gets annoying.

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