Monday, August 24, 2015

Daddy's World, by Walter Jon Williams

Amazon Digital Services, January 2013

Jamie is a little boy growing up in a safe, perfect world. Fun things happen here, like new parts of the world appearing, with entertaining creatures like the Whirlikins, or when he's a little older, the Roman Forum and Coliseum--complete with Cicero, and chariot races. Jamie does have dim memories of being in a hospital, but that was a long time ago, when he was very  little. Magical things happen in this world.

But Jamie starts to notice some strange and disturbing things. His little sister, Becky, is now older than he is. There are other anomalies.

There's a quiet horror building here, and we feel deeply for Jamie, and for Becky.

Maybe not quite so much for Daddy, even though he has the best of intentions.

Science fiction with a well-done thread of horror. Recommended.

I received a free ebook of this story from the author.