Sunday, February 9, 2020

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


(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 .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

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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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Nice job of "read between the lines" worldbuilding here. I recommend the podcast. They use two narrators, one for each letter writer. And they did a great job of hinting there was more going on than what was being said.