This novella follows 2 unlikable characters that Bonnie & Clyde their way around a fantasy country. They claim to love each other, until they don’t. [No spoiler here, the story opens with one confessing to the murder of the other after repeated attempts]. Their grasp of love, goodness, and justice are all skewed.
The tale meanders as the characters do–in a confused sort of way. Histories and flashbacks do not inform much beyond the fickleness of the characters that stand for nothing beyond themselves and their unshared desires.
The Things We Do For Love appears in The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas: 2015 edited by Paula Guran and published by Prime Books. It first appeared in Subterranean Press Magazine, Summer 2014. I’ve previously reviewed Parker’s enjoyable “Heaven Thunders the Truth”.
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