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A Token of a Better Age: 09/26/09
Today's story from Fantasy & Science Fiction by Melinda M. Snodgrass is in the same world as her Edge novels. I haven't read any of them. The introduction says that the story stands alone but I felt like I was missing something as I read it.
"A Token of a Better Age" is told in the same fashion as Heart of Darkness. Most of it is told as a series of conversations between a Centurion and a Patrician. The Patrician is soon to be executed. While he's waiting he tells how he came to be in this sorry state.
The story involves a dragon and rifts in space and other unusual things. Set though against the Roman empire though was enough to numb my brain. I'm really not into fantasy stories set so far ago. The other problem is that I'm currently reading Nightwings by Robert Silverberg (review coming). It is also set in Rome (Ruom), although a far future one but still designed after the ancient Rome.
That being said, the story does wrap up nicely.