Saturday, April 11, 2020

Uzumaki of the Lake, by Richard Parks

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Japanese Historical Fantasy) Lord Yamada and his friend visit a lake near Kyoto to see about exorcising what might be the ghost of a woman who died mysteriously. (3,672 words; Time: 12m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 300, published on .

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Review: 2020.174 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This is a nice little mystery, set in Medieval Japan. Lord Yamada and Kenji make a good team, and they remind me a bit of Lord Darcy and Master Sean from Randall Garrett’s Lord Darcy series.

Con: The solution is too easy, and the reader gets little hint of it.

There are a few problems with the Kindle version. “Yōkai” is rendered “yMkai,” for example, and “yΕ«rei” becomes “ykrei.”

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3 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Part of the Yamada Monogatari series. Incidentally, the wife died of a fever - not "mysteriously".

    1. Perhaps I should say she died of a mysterious fever. :-)

    2. :) I'd say the ghost of a neighboring lord's wife. How she died is irrelevant.