Friday, May 10, 2019

Canst Thou Draw Out the Leviathan, by Christopher Caldwell

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Historical Fantasy) The carpenter on a Nantucket whaler hears a dreadful warning from an African god his ancestors once called upon when they were taken into slavery. But will anyone listen to him? (5,655 words; Time: 18m)

"Canst Thou Draw Out the Leviathan," by (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas), appeared in issue 28, published on .

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Review: 2019.318 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This is the story of what happened to the Gracie-Ella and how John Wood came to survive it. It’s also the story of how John and William decided to stay together despite being a mixed-race gay couple in an unforgiving time.

Con: Why do the whales and their god single out this one ship? The whalers had been operating for a while by then, and they kept operating for 150 years more. It seems so pointless.

Closely connected to that is the fact that John doesn't have a lot of agency in this story; he's not trying to do much besides get by, and although events happen to him, he doesn't usually cause them.

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