Saturday, November 16, 2019

Her Appetite, His Heart, by Dominica Phetteplace


(SF Adventure; Robot Country) Javi turned Isla away when she insisted on monogamy, but he’s come to realize she’s the only one for him. When he can’t find her, he drops everything to search for her. Even if it means risking his life in Robot Country. (6,537 words; Time: 21m)

This will be more interesting if you read “One Thousand Beetles in a Jumpsuit” first.

"," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 114, published on .

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Review: 2019.639 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: If you already read “One Thousand Beetles in a Jumpsuit,” this tells you what happened next.

This is really Javi’s story, and it tells how he realized he couldn’t live without Isla and gave up everything to try to find her. Even through the apocalyptic events at the end of the story, the focus remains on Javi and his fading hopes of being with her.

Con: Most of this reads like the outline of a story with just a few actual scenes here and there. That is, there’s paragraph after paragraph of lifeless narration. After a while, it gets pretty dull. Beyond that, much of the dialog—Kaya’s in particular—is rather unnatural.

Javi is a pretty pathetic person (he’s literally a stalker!), and it’s not much fun following him. The big events in the last section are the most interesting part of the story, but he’s not really an actor there at all.

Finally, the notion of the US military threatening the families of its own soldiers and then nuking Mexico City on a suspicion is laughable.

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