Sunday, February 9, 2020

Every Tiny Tooth and Claw (or: Letters from the First Month of the New Directorate), by Marissa Lingen

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★★★☆☆

(High Fantasy) Two lovers in academia exchange letters ostensibly about newly discovered rodents, but it quickly becomes clear there’s more than meets the eye. (3,508 words; Time: 11m)


"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 295, published on .

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Review: 2020.063 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a nice surprise when you realize that many items in the letters are code for different things. I started looking for that once I saw Aranth was praising the new Directorate too much. We’re reading about someone escaping from persecution under a dictatorship—not rodents.

Con: It’s hard to know (until the last letter) what’s real and what’s code. I didn’t expect the shrews to be real animals, for example.

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