Editor Gordon van Gelder notes in the his introduction to the story that the predecessor story, ‘Epidapheles and the Insufficiently Affectionate Ocelot’ got mixed reviews, including some which very vocal in their dislike. Looking back on my review of the story I anticipated myself having made a somewhat critical comment about it, but found that I noted a ‘gentle Pratchettian comedy’. More of the same.
- Richard Bowes. Pining to Be Human. (Fantasy & Science Fiction July/August 2010)
- Jason Sanford. Plague Birds. (Interzone #228, May-June 2010).