Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Claudette Dulac and the Devil of the North, by Genevieve Sinha


(Steampunk) When the Demon of the North takes her father, young Claudette teams up with a university professor to hunt it down and kill it. (5,583 words; Time: 18m)

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"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 294, published on .

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Review: 2020.029 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This is an arctic (or sub-arctic Canadian) adventure story, with a steampunk twist. It’s also a YA story, in that teenage Claudette accomplishes everything with little material assistance from responsible adults.

I like the way the story gradually clues us in to the fact that the “Demon” is most likely a machine, not a creature.

Con: The ending is a little too easy; it didn’t really make much sense that the Demon never really killed anyone, and that everyone who’d hunted it was a prisoner living in the cabin.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. This was fun with a nicely done voice.

    Nitpicky nitpick: the creature/machine is always called the Devil, not Demon.