Friday, September 13, 2019

Away With the Wolves, by Sarah Gailey


(Fantasy Adventure) When Suss is human, she’s in awful pain, but when she’s a wolf, she keeps getting in trouble. She has friends, but people are getting tired of it all. (8,129 words; Time: 27m)

"," by (edited by Katharine Duckett), appeared in issue 30, published on .

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Review: 2019.525 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Suss has a problem. She needs to be a wolf as much as possible because of her pain, but she somehow has to stop damaging the community when she’s in wolf form. On the other hand, she has plenty of companionship in human form, but she’s lonely in wolf form because she’s the only wolf around.

Yana puts her finger on a big part of the problem—Suss is ill-served by having a house in the middle of the village. Selling the house and moving to the edge of the woods fixes a lot of her problem, but simply accepting that she really is going to be a wolf 95% of the time is the biggest win. That and finding a new friend.

Con: This is a pretty linear story. The solution to her problems is pretty clear at the start, and she simply moves forward doing the obvious things.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. I really liked the depiction of friendship between human and human, wolf and human, and wolf and wolf.