Will McIntosh. Incompatible. (Interzone #234, May-June 2011)

In contrast to the previous story in the issue, which I criticized for having sketchily drawn characters and settings with no real depth, McIntosh comes up trumps with a vividly realised protagonist and a setting.

Leia is finding solace in a Methodist Church that is having a pumpkin sale. She is under constant stress from dark dots – things that have been plaguing her since early childhood. A chance encounter gives her the opportunity to face these demons, and the reader does care about her, because McIntosh has made her very believable, very human – someone who you believe is a person whose life you are looking into, rather than a character quickly created to tell a story.

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