Friday, 8 May 2009

Hub, Issue 80

Yikes, Hub's had another redesign. I'm not so keen on this version; it hurts my eyes a little and seems a bit old-fashioned. Still, what it looks like is less important than what's in it.

On to Issue 80 and Hush a Bye by Beverly Allen. This story starts off well. Allen takes a mundance breakfast scene, hints at a mundance cause of her protagonist's sleepless nights and makes it compelling through wonderful writing. She creates a viscerally real atmosphere and knowable characters with a deft hand. I was really impressed.

The ending was a little disappointing. It felt rushed and lacked the drama that the story really deserves. It's worth a read, for the brilliance of Allen's writing, and I'll be looking out for more of her work.

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