Monday, July 29, 2019

Cassandra Draws the Four of Cups, by Ruthanna Emrys

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[Strange Horizons]
★★★☆☆

(Modern Fantasy) In which we learn that Cassandra isn’t the only fortune teller cursed to tell the truth but not be believed. (1,815 words; Time: 06m)


"," by (edited by Vanessa Rose Phin), appeared in issue 2019 Fund Drive, published on .

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Pro: There’s something really cute about the idea of Cassandra doing Tarot card readings. I also liked the equating of scientists with Cassandra, in that it sometimes seems that they too are fated to tell the truth but not be believed. The four of cups, by the way, symbolizes failure to appreciate what you’ve got. Knowing what is to come is a very valuable gift, after all, even if no one believes you; she shouldn’t sell it short.

Con: The story kept hopping from SofΓ­a’s to Casssandra’s point of view, which was distracting.

The ending was disappointing, inasmuch as I found it hard to believe that after more than three thousand years Cassandra hasn’t ever tried to join forces with another fortuneteller.

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