Saturday, May 16, 2020

Have Your #Hugot Harvested at This Diwata-Owned Café, by Vida Cruz

[Strange Horizons]

(Modern Fantasy) In Manila, a Diwata opens a cafe to cater to humans and to other mythic creatures. Humans usually can’t eat mythic food, though, and mythics often prefer to eat humans, so this is going to be interesting. (2,812 words; Time: 09m)

"," by (edited by Vanessa Rose Phin), appeared in issue 05/04/20, published on .

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Review: 2020.277 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The restaurant operates by taking awful memories from people who’ve experienced government persecution in the Philippines over the past half century and then feeding those to younger people who either haven’t experienced such things or have forgotten.

Con: It’s a political statement, not a story. There’s no plot, no action, and almost no characters. And it requires huge familiarity with Philippine history to even make sense out of it.

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