Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Juice Like Wounds, by Seanan McGuire

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Portal Fantasy; Wayward Children) In the Market, every exchange has to give fair value to both sides. Lundy and her friends want to do a quest that’ll generate so much fair value that they never have to work again. But they’re just kids. (5,894 words; Time: 19m)

"," by (edited by Lee Harris), published on by .

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Review: 2020.395 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: From the start, we know that three will go on the quest and only two will return. Up until the big conflict, we don’t know which one, although people who read the other stories will know that Lundy lives quite a while longer than this. That adds a nice bit of tension.

The narration and dialogue are flawless, as we’d expect from this author.

Con: There just isn’t a lot to this story. The girls go on their adventure. Fight a giant wasp. Kill it, but lose one of their own. The end. I was sad that Mockery died, but the story hadn’t developed her enough for me to care very much.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Nice to see this off-screen bit from In an Absent Dream.