Sunday, June 9, 2019

Road: A Fairytale, by Shalini Srinivasan

[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Modern Fable) A road is so nasty that it attains consciousness when it becomes aware of just how “not-nice” it really is. (2,980 words; Time: 09m)

"," by (edited by Vanessa Rose Phin), appeared in issue 05/20/19, published on .

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Review: 2019.325 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a pretty graphic description of how nasty things can get in third-world countries.

Con: There seems to be little point to the story. Road and Sludge both turn into monsters, but no one recognizes it, even when they eat an ambulance. Road finds a few humans to be nice to, but nothing comes of that, and then one day Road gets so mad it just blows up and dies. The end.

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