Friday, January 22, 2010

Lion Walk

Novelette by Mary Rosenblum

Tahira runs a wildlife preserve, for animals recreated from the Pleistocene. Against the wishes of her PR-obsessed boss, she investigates how a pair of young, scantily clad women got passed high-tech security to become lion bait. In the process we examine the unsavory side of the human psyche and how technological advancements may accentuate that.

This is a remarkably innovative, cliche-free detective thriller. The thoughtfulness is always kept in the periphery of the high-tech crime story and its contrasting natural setting, so it never overwhelms. A serious amount of world-building is done without detracting from the action at all. After an initial shock the ending was unsurprising, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. I can't think of a better way it could have gone, as far as ensuring I remember the story and continue thinking about it long after.

4.5 out of 5 snuff films could be improved with some prehistoric lions.

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