Wednesday, July 31, 2019

That August Song, by Benjanun Sriduangkaew


(Future Fantasy) An alien helps a modified human pilot a modified creature underwater to kill sea monsters. (5,991 words; Time: 19m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 283, published on .

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Review: 2019.417 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The story certainly starts off with a bang. Horrifying, but memorable.

Con: What makes this story so dull is that it meanders for paragraph after paragraph without ever making it clear what these people are fighting for and whether they’re good guys or bad guys. All I know is that they make pointless sacrifices of teenage boys and they’re on an extermination mission of whale-like creatures.

Only at the very end do we learn what the point of the story was, and by then it’s too late to care very much.

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