Saturday, May 16, 2020

The Fenghuang, by Millie Ho


(Uncanny Horror) When Candice gets upset, she sometimes spontaneously combusts and then comes back to life. She needs to get this under control because her family can’t afford the medical bills. (5,370 words; Time: 17m)

"The Fenghuang," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 120, published on .

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Review: 2020.275 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: As far as it goes, it’s a decent story of Candice learning to control her problem and get her life back. Similar to a lot of problems people have, there’s a balance between deciding what’s your problem and what’s everyone else’s problem, but she negotiates that quite well. I particularly enjoyed the way the story showed the love between her and her brother.

The fenghuang (ι³³ε‡°) is an actual element of Chinese mythology, although it should probably be fungwong, since they’re speaking Cantonese.

Con: The relationship with Fiona didn’t quite work for me, particularly at the end, even though it’s clearly meant to crown the story. I didn’t help that I was sure burning Fiona wasn’t the solution.

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