Title: What I Assume You Shall Assume
Author: Ken Liu
In: Dead Man’s Hand (John Joseph Adams)
Rating Out of 5: 3.5 (Liked this)
My Bookshelves: Weird western
Dates read: 6th November 2020
Format: Short story
Publisher: Titan Books
5th sentence, 74th page: The deer trail that they had been following also seemed to dip and twist more than usual.
Amos just wants to be left alone, away from the horrors that humanity rains upon each other. And then he comes across a Chinawoman and a whole heap of issues land in his lap.
This short story is all about standing up for the “little guy”. Or in this case, the little woman. It’s about turning into a hero when you most need to and finding a way to live with the decisions that you make. Or at least, that’s what I got out of this story.
I love how this story constantly flicked between perspectives and timelines. There are great flashbacks to the past and the reasons for both of the characters’ decisions and choices. And they both have completely unique outlooks on the exact same experiences and moments. It also helps to highlight how damaging the “us vs them” mentality can truly be.
This story is not only fun and interesting, but it also highlights the importance and power of words. I love that although there is fighting, guns, and weaponry, somehow it’s the magic of words that really hold the power at the end of the day.