Sunday, July 14, 2019

Girls Who Never Stood a Chance, by Deborah Coates


(Modern Fantasy) Five abused young women see their lives change when dragons come to South Dakota and the government evacuates everyone. (11,961 words; Time: 39m)

"Girls Who Never Stood a Chance," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 07-08|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.384 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s got plenty of tension and excitement. The backgrounds of the five girls (not counting Mallory, who is never a focus character) are so bad that their fear and anger become very real, and their bravery in standing up to Rowdy’s gang is remarkable.

Con: It’s got too many characters, and it leaves the impression that all women are abused and all men are abusers. And is anyone really stupid enough to try shotguns against dragons when hellfire missiles failed?

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