Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Angel Pattern, by Henry Szabranski


(Post-Apocalypse Adventure; Skink and Percher) Searching for the lost secret to the Weave technology, Skink and Perch reach the ancient city that’s supposed to have a library, but the place is abandoned and dead. Well, not entirely dead. (8,862 words; Time: 29m)

This is the third story in the series. The author has done a decent job of making it stand alone, but you’ll get more out of it if you read the other two first.

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 163, published on .

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Review: 2020.203 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: There’s plenty of tension and excitement as Skink and Percher explore the empty city, encounter the machines that still populate it, and finally challenge the thing that still lives under it.

It’s a nice touch cluing us in to the fact that this really is the future of our planet by letting us know that Percher’s father had copies of Moby Dick, The Lord of the Rings, and the Earthsea books.

Con: Percher is the focus character, but Skink is really the protagonist, since he has no goal of his own other than to help her seek the city.

Skink’s ability with the weave is so strong that it makes the whole problem seem like no real challenge, and that weakens the story quite a bit.

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