Friday, November 15, 2019

How I Came to Write Fantasy, by Michael Libling

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Modern Epic Fantasy) At 19, the narrator fled a failed romance and made a friend who claimed to be chasing the same girl for 400 years. (10,862 words; Time: 36m)

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"How I Came to Write Fantasy," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 11-12|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.644 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a very emotional story, whether from the sad fate of Jacob’s mother to the narrator’s loss of his own mother. It also has plenty of comic relief, like the narrator’s “gift” of drawing people into telling him their life stories.

The breaking of the curse is unexpected, and so is the aftermath.

Con: It goes on a bit long, and it’s rather unsatisfying that the other characters die off stage. It ends without a sense of closure.

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