Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Fortune’s Final Hand, by Adam-Troy Castro


(Afterlife) A girl named Fortune plays cards in an afterlife where you bet with memories. (7,485 words; Time: 24m)

"Fortune’s Final Hand," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 116, published on .

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Review: 2020.039 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: On the surface, the story tells how Fortune showed kindness, won big, showed cruelty, found love, lost everything, was mistreated, and eventually someone showed kindness to her. (Coming full circle.)

The details of the place definitely make it sound like Hell, but, in a way, it also reads like a metaphor of life in our own world. (Not sure how the forgetting fits in though.)

Con: It’s more of a tale than a story; Fortune simply goes with the flow. She has no real objective.

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