Friday, August 23, 2019
The Raven's Tale, by Cat Winters
An interesting concept that I found hard to get into. Partly, it is hard to follow the cast of characters (most of whom are based on real people but not being already familiar with Poe's life, were hard to keep track of). Partly, it was the story's uneven pacing. But mostly, it is the supernatural elements of the story (the muses and their rather corporeal magic, which is itself intended to to have a Poe-like tenor). If I was a Poe fan, then Winter's riff would probably be more meaningful. But as a story on its own, it just doesn't have much going for it despite the obvious love and dedication of the writer to the hero.