There is a fact about magazines: you know you will like some of the stories, and you know you won't like some of the stories.
You're not buying the latest book of your favourite writer, you did not mean to read something which you knew in advance you'd probably like - in fact what you want is an effortless way to find some new favourite writers, and this way you only have to go through some other stories which you don't give a damn!
So what's the fair score for a magazine?
Not all the stories in this edition would be 4-stars imho but there are definetely a few which were ok to read and two which I loved and will have me looking for more of their authors. So I would say this is a success.
Btw the two stories I loved were "Francisca Montoya’s Almanac of Things That Can Kill You" by Shaenon K. Garrity and "The Only Death in the City" by C. J. Cherryh.
In case anyone cares.
update: reread it and it really is surprisingly insufferable. I originally listened to it as audio and the imagery was haunting and I guess I didn't pick up all the details. rereading it was much harsher
While I agree that the story is about a huge narcissist, it doesn't really mar the beautiful imagery of the world or the story. I couldn't get it out of my head for days and ended up retelling it (very poorly) to my kids on a long drive.
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