Friday, October 11, 2019

Ajé, by H. Pueyo

[Strange Horizons]

(Modern Fantasy) A teen boy accompanies his over-ethusiastic father on magical business, although it’s not entirely clear his dad ought to be doing this. (4,248 words; Time: 14m)

"," by (edited by Vanessa Rose Phin), appeared in issue 09/30/19, published on .

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Review: 2019.570 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This story has an interesting setting—a Brazil where magic workers are employed by the state—and it introduces some interesting characters. It would be fun to read more about them.

Con: The basic story is trivial. This pieces functions mostly to introduce the world and the characters and then it just ends.

There are a lot of basic writing problems. It doesn’t control point of view consistently, so in scenes where Eliseu is focus character, we get stray thoughts from his dad and/or Bernice. It also misuses passive voice.

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