James Bloomer. Flock, Shoal, Herd. (Interzone #232, Jan-Feb 2011).

Winner of The James White Award short story competition for non professional writers.

It’s a short piece, with the use of the simile ‘like’ twice in the opening paragraph not boding well to start, but fortunately the rest of the story, whilst not reaching the literary heights, doesn’t otherwise commit much else in the way of such faux pas. And as with a lot of short stories by inexperienced writers, there’s an idea, but not the depth of attention given to it to give full satisfaction to the reader. But Bloomer is now a published author, so congrats to him.

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