Friday, March 23, 2012

Dry Bones, by William Sanders

Dry Bones got a Nebula nomination for best Novella in 2004.  Hard to say why, there is no particular way in which this story stands out.  It's not bad, but it's not good either.  We have an anthropologist, a pretty girl, and a potential time-traveler skeleton found in the Bible Belt.  But none of that introduces much tension, except that the local science teacher and the pretty girl have an affair.  I'm spoiling it, but there's nothing to spoil.  Competent as a newspaper article, but somewhat less entertaining for not being true.  Oh well. 2 stars.

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