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Book Title: Scarecrow|
The author of the book: Alyssa Wong
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 975 KB
Date of issue: January 27th 2015
Read full description of the books Scarecrow:“It’s happening to all of us,” Brett yells, barely audible over the howling crowd. “So you can come and help us sort this shit out, see if we can stop it, or you can keep turning into a fucking bird alone.”
so i guess every tor short is written in second person now. or i just have a homing device trained on the ones that are, because isn't it statistically improbable to have read something like four in a row written in second person?? it makes me want to rebel: "no, ma'am, i do NOT wake screaming from nightmares of Jonathan Chin, my mouth crammed full of feathers! and i resent you saying that i do! this is libel!!"
this isn't the most original or surprising story - it's pretty clear where it's been and where it's going, but the writing is a perfect spiky complement to the imagery of corvid beaks and claws, scrabbling across the page and it's a haunting addition to the canon of recent YA lit centered around bullying and lgbtq issues.
there's one gory scene and one saucy scene, if you are someone who likes to be warned about those sorts of things. me being me, those are my favorite scenes in the story, and neither of them are gratuitous - they are just the right amount of ewwwwww or ohhhhhhhh.
it's a medium-three story, with a couple of peaks that rise up into high-three territory. i do really like the abruptness of some of the lines:
You’ve gone blind.
You listen until the screams die away. Then you end the call.
and i do kind of swoon at the last two paragraphs:
(view spoiler)[I loved you, you know, says Jonathan Chin. He’s radiant in the light of early dawn, his bruised face streaked with tears, an angel, a corpse. You fucker. I loved you so much. You sob and reach out for him, but he dissolves into a shower of black feathers that burn where they touch your skin.
You scream and scream and scream, clutching fistfuls of them in your ruined human hands. On the ground, the crows begin to feed in a mass flurry of rippling wings, ignoring the creaking of a lone, spinning wheel. “I loved you, too,” you cry. Finally, everything out in the open. But your friends make no sound at all. (hide spoiler)]
in conclusion: birds.
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Read information about the authorAlyssa Wong studies fiction in Raleigh, NC, and really, really likes crows. She was a finalist for the 2016 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her story, “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” won the 2015 Nebula Award for Best Short Story and the 2016 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize, the Bram Stoker Award, the Locus Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award. Her work has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, and Tor.com, among others.
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