Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The Mysterious Study of Doctor Sex, by Tamsyn Muir


(Future Fantasy Mystery) Two young students are attached to a team reopening Dr. Sex’s study after 400 years. But someone seems to have got in 200 years ago and left his or her skeleton there. (8,632 words; Time: 28m)

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Review: 2020.403 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a very complex world with a combination of high technology, like screens, plus magic. Also, the action seems to take place on a space station, given their concerns with vacuum and such.

Con: The first quarter of the story is confusing and crushingly dull. It drowns us with jargon particular to the setting without giving us enough about the characters or the plot to make it worth trying to understand.

The basic plot is hard to get excited about: a team of researchers looking into a room sealed for 400 years finds bones that are only 200 years old. Not very exciting, not very urgent.

And in the end, after Palamedes figures it all out—so what? He uncovered an old piece of paper, and we don’t even find out what was written on it.

On a minor note, it’s not believable that these kids are 13 unless the unit of time is a good bit longer than an Earth year.

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