Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers, by Alyssa Wong
So I think Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers is my new favorite of this year's Nebula short story crop. It's kind of like a vampire story but way more inventive. Our protagonist in this story is an eater of thoughts, and the nastier the better. Murderers have a particularly good flavor. The particular trope for this story is the afflicted (or gifted) person thinking she is the only one (in this case, with her mother, but that highlights the point) and then finding out she is not. Played safe with the lesbian love card (all but one of the stories where there's a romantic interest this year is between women, the one exception being hetero--where are the gay men this year?), but it's overall a good story. A strong 3 stars.