Monday, May 27, 2019

Who Has Never Loved a Gentle House?, by Osahon Ize-Iyamu

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[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Horror) A family flees in the middle of the night because their house has started to breathe. They don’t know it’s going to miss them—especially when the birds show up and there’s no one to shoo them away. (5,073 words; Time: 16m)

"," by (edited by Vanessa Rose Phin), appeared in issue 05/13/19, published on .

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Review: 2019.320 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This is essentially the story of how a sentient house, abandoned by its owners, refuses to accept that its fate is to slowly decay. It wants to travel, and it determines to do so despite the flocks of birding telling it it can’t.

Con: It’s more like a children’s story than anything else, up until it gets bloodthirsty. I imagine it’s supposed to mean something, but I can’t imagine what. The famine center and the hazmat suits are hard to fit with the rest of the narrative, among other things. Either way, it’s not much fun to read something this long without having a clue what it’s trying to say.

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