Saturday, June 15, 2019

Unpublished Gay Cancer Survivor Memoir, by Caspian Gray

★★★☆☆ Average

(Uncanny Horror) Since her cancer, Sydney has just been drifting through life, but when she lets a friend move in, things change in an unexpected way. (5,348 words; Time: 17m)

"Unpublished Gay Cancer Survivor Memoir," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 109, published on .

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Review: 2019.339 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: For the most part, this is about Sydney getting her life together—or even about her returning to life. Given what she’s been through, that’s gratifying.

I particularly liked it that Edík’s gift is subtle enough to let us imagine that it’s just a placebo. As he himself tells her, “you don’t need me.”

Con: He sounds more like a treatment than a person. Sort of a combination of Zoloft and Adderall.

Sydney never comes across as very sympathetic. Yes, something bad happened to her, but she doesn’t seem to have been that great a person to start with, and she’s already plotting to take advantage of poor Edík.

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