Not so evil after all?

Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 101 (October 2018)Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 101 by John Joseph Adams
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Review for “Ten Deals with the Indigo Snake” by Mel Kassel

Deals with a snake for progressively higher costs. Not sure I got the point of this story. It‘s not the snake‘s fault?

Can be read for free here: http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fic…

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Bow before me, human!

Brimstone and MarmaladeBrimstone and Marmalade by Aaron Corwin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mathilde didn’t want a demon. She wanted a pony.
“Ponies are expensive,” Mathilde’s mother said. “How about a nice little demon instead?”

Very cute, delightful little story. A little sad. Middle Grade, apparently? About what we want and the surprising things that can happen when we do not get what we thought we wanted.

Now I want a little demon, too! Happy Halloween!

Can be read for free here:
https://www.tor.com/2013/10/30/brimst…

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Groundhog day

The Last Conversation (Forward collection)The Last Conversation by Paul Tremblay
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Do not read any reviews beforehand. You will get spoiled.

A little creepy and a lot ominous. Psychological horror. Our protagonist wakes up blind, without memories, restrained to one room, with the embodied voice of a doctor telling him what to do. Slowly memories return.

Desperation comes to mind, especially when the story and its secret begin to unravel.

The audiobook narration was ok. So was the story overall.

★★★½☆

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Pretty random

RandomizeRandomize by Andy Weir
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The story was pretty meh. Very formulaic casino heist story, despite the futuristic computer hardware and software. I kept waiting for something truly interesting to happen, but alas… I had expected something more exciting from Andy Weir.

I did not particularly like the audio narration either. Too breathless and emotionally over the top for my taste. It wasn‘t believable.

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One, two or three?

You Have Arrived at Your DestinationYou Have Arrived at Your Destination by Amor Towles
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have arrived at the end of this story. Wut? Ok, rewind, what kind of ending was that? I am confused and a little unsatisfied with it. Too open and abrupt for my taste.

However, I liked the story as such. Pretty creepy, actually. Getting shown three potential versions of your yet-to-conceive child and how he will do in life. How do you choose, aka which of those future is the most worthy? What in life do you value the most? What means happiness, where is the value in life? Does it matter how you get there?

Plus there was some inventive additional head-screwing in the aftermath. Devious.

The audio narration by David Harbour of the show Stranger Things was solid.

PS: The bio of Amos Towles is very reminiscent of his main protagonist in this story.

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