Short Story Review: “The Biggest” by James Patrick Kelly

3 of 5 stars.

Equal parts American tall tale and period piece urban fantasy, this tale revisits depression era New York City in the days after an unnamed King Kong has fallen dead to the pavement below the Empire State Building. A rube from upstate with an extraordinary talent, ie superpower, makes his way to the big city to make a name for himself on the right side of the law.

The inclusion of Franklin Delano Roosevelt as a character during his pre-presidential governorship at the time of his dedicating the Washington Bridge is especially nice.

The tale leaves the hero shy of a true self-exploration making it feel more like a tall tale than a superhero tale as may have been intended.

This tale appears in the anthology, Superheroes edited by Rich Horton. I’ve previously read this author’s “Someday”.
 
 
 
[Check out my other reviews here.]

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One response to “Short Story Review: “The Biggest” by James Patrick Kelly

  1. Pingback: Anthology Review: Superheroes edited by Rich Horton | Jaffalogue

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