Wednesday, July 10, 2019

What the River Brings, and What It Takes Away, by Natalia Theodoridou


(Fantasy) Sapo sits by the river eating stones so she won’t get pregnant. This has its drawbacks. (2,307 words; Time: 07m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 281, published on .

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Review: 2019.381 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Sapo has traded happiness for freedom. She wanted her husband but didn’t want a child. Her solution has kept her from having a child, but it’s ruined her body and lost her her man.

Con: She’s abandoned her man anyway; if she was willing to do that, she didn’t have to do all the rest of this stuff.

Given the level of technology here, it’s hard to believe she cares about saving the calf of a deer, particularly when she knows very well that it’s going to starve to death.

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