Saturday, June 29, 2019

A Wonderful Thing to Say, by Dan Reade

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(SF) A woman hires two men to look back through time to find a letter her late husband wrote. (3,396 words; Time: 11m)

"A Wonderful Thing to Say," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 07-08|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.358 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The story does a nice job of mixing the steady progress of the investigators with bits of Sandra and Ethan’s history so that by the time we actually read the letter, we know that it doesn’t mean what the investigators think it does.

Con: By the end, I was expecting to learn she’d actually killed him or something, so the actual ending was a letdown. There’s no strong emotion in the story, so I ended up wondering why she bothered with all this, given that he’s gone anyway.

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