That Game We Played During the War by Carrie Vaughn

June 25, 2017

That Game We Played During the War by Carrie Vaughn originally appeared on Tor.com in March 2016.

It is narrated by Amy H. Sturgis in EscapePod ‘s podcast EP581 22nd June of 2017

Summary: Calla of Enith, a nurse, has feelings of affection for the Gaantish prisoner, officer Valk. Officer Valk with the power of telepathy (a common characteristic for Gaantish people) wants to learn to play chess while she becomes his prisoner.

Analysis: The idea of a chess player having the power of telepathy adds an interesting and challenging note to chess. Admiringly, it is followed through successfully, reminding me how the big chess masters won the AI. (Although as a chess player I know random moves are not usually lead to a winning position) In addition with the war set as a background makes it a story that satisfies the reader. Also I never expected that telepathy can be a bad thing in the war, which as I see in prisoners camps it must be.

Pros:

  • the characters are very well depicted
  • more than one ideas are described around telepathy
  • very good flow that leads to a sort of climax

Cons:

  • maybe a slow start?

Wrap Up

  • 8.5/10
    Writing
  • 8.5/10
    Plot
  • 8/10
    World-building

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