Friday, March 13, 2020

Coffee Boom: Decoctions, Micronized, by D.A. Xiaolin Spires

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(SF Caper) Ava can make it big if she can just win the prize for best coffee in an upcoming reality show. And she knows just the equipment she needs, even if she has to steal it. (7,233 words; Time: 24m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 162, published on .

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Review: 2020.131 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a great caper story, with all kinds of tension while Ava tries to sneak out with the pulverizer. Plus there’s all sorts of tension afterwards when we wait for the other shoe to drop.

Narration and dialogue are spot on.

Con: But everything goes fine, and she gets away with it with zero consequences, which takes some of the edge off of it.

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