Sunday, August 11, 2019

The Freedom of the Shifting Sea, by Jaymee Goh


(Horror) A young Malaysian girl forms a deep friendship with a create that’s half-woman, half-giant-sea-worm. (5,964 words; Time: 19m)

"The Freedom of the Shifting Sea," by (edited by Nisi Shawl), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Review: 2019.269 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The story covers the relations between Mayang, the sea monster, and three different related people: Salmah, Simon (her Caucasian husband), and Eunice, their daughter.

Salmah comes to fear Mayang and tries to keep away from her. Simon is destroyed by her (she hates all men), and Eunice opts to become like her.

Con: There’s no real plot per se in that none of these characters actually has a goal; things just happen.

Simon is a cardboard villain who serves no purpose other than to make a statement about how all men are evil and deserve to die.

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