on Daily Science Fiction
While the similarities between other members of the group and their mythological counterparts are tenuous at best, the same cannot be said of Zeus. This is the same Zeus we all know from Greek mythology and from the poem Leda and the Swan by Yeats. He is a narcissistic sex addict with the power to inflict himself on others. He has made the group meeting about himself and his whining. Eydis and her friends have had enough..
Eydis and Chandra and Iris are at the Santa Tekla Natural History Museum discussing their plans to breakaway and form a Zeusless support group when he appears in their midst. He attempts to seduce Eydis, but Chadra pulls her back to herself and she gives Zeus a response he’s had coming to him for 3000 years.
What does it all mean? Taking back one’s own power? Taking a stand with help from one’s friends? Standing up to the powerful and sexually exploitive? I leave it to the reader to decide.
I chose. I choose. -- Mr Crane, Neal Asher
Any story that references the Phaedo merits notice and attention. This is especially true of a ghost story full of regrets. One measure of our humanity is our ability to make choices and then be unable to live with the results. He was there to throw himself off a cliff. As in Sophie's Choice fate is sometimes a cruel bitch who throws us a curve we aren't prepared for. At once a choice is demanded and in an instant we must choose with a lifetime to regret so choosing.
The author beautifully illustrates the moment of choice. He shows us what the main character saw and felt and heard when the choice was made, capturing the surreal horror of the moment. He shows us what the character sees and feels and hears at the time of another choice. A lifetime of regret. We feel as he feels. The reader feels as he feels.
If to make horrible choices makes us human it makes us monstrous as well. And so to be human is to be a monster-- at least in one's own eyes. Especially in one's own eyes.
Thus. Commissioner Gordon and Perry White have been on to their respective superheroes’ secret identities for a very long time. Obviously. They'd have had to be total incompetents to have not caught on. So they take care of their assets and cover for them and worry about their mental health and keep their alter egos under observation. Just in case.
The story is nicely done. The author relating to the audience what has transpired, and the superheros' impact on the lives of their two guardians, as they discuss matters in their annual meeting. Exposition, yes, but the conversation flows nicely, with a nice touch at the end about a recipe.The editor and the policeman