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2016 Story 54

Today's story brings us closer to completing the discussion of Clockwork Phoenix 5, edited by Mike Allen:

54. THE GAMES WE PLAY by Cassandra Khaw.  Genre fiction is full of stories where the disempowered/disenfranchised rise up in some way against their oppressors. In short fiction, it feels like this struggle is usually told on a very intimate scale: soldier against officer, impoverished resident against rich landlord, child against parent. So what's really impressive in Khaw's story is that the battle is intimate (supplicant vs. king) but the stakes are societal (subservient species vs. overlord species), the outcome of this personal battle possibly affected the precarious relationship between the races. Khaw pulls it off masterfully, with a main character (Yavena) that we immediately feel we can root for and an adversary (the Dog King) who is intriguing and possibly also likeable. The ebb-and-flow of the tension gives the reader small respites before the big final scene. One of my favorites of the collection.

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Apr. 21st, 2016 11:45 pm (UTC)
A STORY A DAY blog reviews all of CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 5
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