Monday, April 6, 2020

Cofiwch Aberystwyth, by Val Nolan


(SF Adventure) Mila and two of her friends explore the ruins of a Welsh town destroyed in a nuclear blast some years before. (8,288 words; Time: 27m)

"Cofiwch Aberystwyth," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 286, published on by .

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Review: 2020.166 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It nicely captures the creepy atmosphere of exploring the ruins of a modern city. Mila’s obsession with the vlog is a bit tiresome, but it defines her character.

The twist at the end is very well set up. The nominal story made sense—that they were doing this because of losing their earlier footage—but the actual story made much more sense. It even gave a reason why Mila seemed a little off.

Con: It goes on for quite a while with no real tension and no real action. The very last paragraph, when Mila contemplates suicide, is a little much.

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