The Long Retreat: 12/17/10
Robert Reed, how I love his stories. A Robert Reed story in Fantasy and Science Fiction for me means, a time to curl up in a comfy chair for a leisurely read.
Reed's story in the January / February 2010 issue is a delicious mood piece that feels like an Escher print brought to life. Lt Castor is the ailing emperor's most loyal servant. They are in an endless retreat against invading armies but there is no where to run to.
The ending, if such a thing is possible given the set up of the story, is satisfying and dare I say, perfect. Before you read the book, don't read the blurb before the story. While not exactly a spoiler, it does take away from the fun of Reed's story.