Saturday, June 29, 2019

Monarch of the Feast, by Paul Di Filippo

★★★☆☆ Average

(Time Travel) In 1857, a young Italian teacher goes to Pisa to meet a man determined to unify Italy and then all of Europe through amazing technology no one has seen before. (9,967 words; Time: 33m)

"Monarch of the Feast," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 07-08|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.349 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a decent action-based story.

Giosuè Carducci was a real person, and the story starts shortly before he would have abandoned the school for a different one.

Con: It takes a long time to get going. Carducci is a very passive protagonist. Scenes that might have been fun, like the theft of the crown, are rushed over.

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