Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Realitarians, by James Warner

★★★☆☆ Average

(Slipstream Thriller) Jacinta enjoys her career working for a Russian scam artist, but lately a pair of talking cats are pestering her. (5,850 words; Time: 19m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘STomaino+1 (Q&A)

"The Realitarians," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 281, published on by .

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Review: 2019.296 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This is pretty much the story of how Jacinta’s crime career fell apart. It’s pretty obvious from the start that that’s what’s going to happen, but there’s some fun it watching it “unravel,” as Slim says.

Con: The cats seem irrelevant. This reads like a mainstream thriller that someone converted to genre by turning two characters into cats.

Jacinta is a very unsatisfying protagonist. She has almost no agency in this story; she has no real goals other than waiting for Nestor, and she makes no real effort to escape.

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