Published in: Analog
Slates: Rabid Puppies & Sad Puppies
“The Journeyman: In the Stone House” by Michael F. Flynn is a sword and sorcery story without the sorcery part. It is situated in a post-apocalyptic world or on another planet where there are legends about arriving human spacecrafts and such, but the technology level is close to that of the Roman empire.
The main character is an adventurer who has been adventuring in some earlier Analog story as well. He isn’t terribly interesting in any way, and nothing of interest happens in the story, so I was left wondering what was the point, really. There’s some military training, sword-fighting and snappy dialogue that is meant to be smart-ass (I guess).
I didn’t enjoy it at all and have trouble seeing why it’s on the ballot.