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2014 Story 7

From the January 2014 issue of Lightspeed Magazine:

7. HIS ELBOW, UNKISSED: A Kaslo Chronicles Tale by Matthew Hughes   Time to be honest: this is the third "Kaslo Chronicles" story Lightspeed has run in the past year. I love the fact that John Joseph Adams is willing to run short stories that all feature the same lead character (he's also doing it with Marc Laidlaw's "Gorlen Vizenfirthe" stories), that require a little bit of acceptance that some world-building has gone on in other entries of the series.  But I just can't seem to warm to Erm Kaslo. Hughes' setting is interesting: a far-future science-based universe that is about to be turned on its' figurative head and become magic-based. I'm intrigued by what will happen to society when this event, which a select few are prepared for, comes to pass. But I find that I don't particularly care whether our main character makes it through the change alive; he just seems too self-concerned, too cold and aloof, to care about.  My second complaint is that these Tales feel less like a group of connected short stories and more like chapters in an unpublished novel; my acceptance that world-building (and character-building) has occurred in other stories is strained to the limit by the feeling that one must read these stories in order and the very real sense that not much in this story can be separated out from the two that preceded it.

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