Cody: An Mediocre Scifi Tale with an Intriguing Puzzle
Cody by Pat Cadigan
Between books I have been reading short stories. And using this alternating of short stories and novels, I have been slowly and surely been working my way through the 29th Edition of The Year’s Best Scifi collection. This time around the story I read was Cody by Pat Cadigan. And there is my review of the story.
The story begins with man, Cody, on a business trip in his hotel room. He keeps on looking in the mirror at this strange red sore on his chin. It bothers him quite a bit but he eventually goes to sleep. But he wakes up in the middle of the night to find a bunch of men in his room. They beginning to control him by pressing the sore on his chin like a button to lock and unlock his muscles and take home to a lab to find out if he’s human or not. And this story from there on out provides this mystery for the reader about what the truth is.
The good about this story? It plays well with the mystery. There will be a moment when he seems like a robot. Then there will be something right after that, that makes you believe he’s human. The story has so many red herrings that it’s impossible to guess the truth until the very end.
The bad? There is not much to this story. The concept is interesting bit is rather simple and doesn’t offer anything new. It is also extremely short
Overall this is a nice little puzzle box. It’s like an interesting little riddle you want to see the answer to. But as a story it’s just okay. I don’t recommend anyone to seek it out. But if you stumble across it, it’s an intriguing read.
2 smoothies out of four.
Overall rating: An Mediocre Scifi Tale with an Intriguing Puzzle.