Review: A Pocketful of Faces

A Pocketful of Faces is a short story written by Paul Di Filippo and published in the March/April edition of Fantasy & ScienceFiction.

This fast-paced story does not feel like it is 20 pages long.  I especially appreciated how the “creep factor” is communicated.  Paul Di Filippo shows how the concept—the technology to grow real human faces and the black market that this technology creates—is “normal” for the characters, while maintaining the horror of the concept for the readers.  The narrative is brisk, maintaining the action-oriented perspective of the main character; however, the micro-chapters (the 20-page story is split into 6 short “chapters” to demonstrate transitions in time/location) seem like a distraction.  The characters fulfill their roles, staying true to the situation and the world Di Filippo created, while also presenting themselves as sufficiently unique and interesting to propel the story.  This science fiction/crime drama is definitely an effective example of a cross-genre story, in which Di Filippo balances the “requirements” of both genres while telling a compelling story.

If you want a taste of Paul Di Filippo’s work, he has a lot of stories available online, and he also has an online video of his reading of A Pocketful of Faces.  Check him out!

About Stephanie Allen Crist

Stephanie created and produces in answer to a call from God to use her experiences and gifts to help others. Stephanie is also the author of and two books that can be found on that site. Stephanie strives to share her love, faith, and talents in an inclusive manner to help others who know spiritual pain and who know the bitter taste of the dregs of despair.
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2 Responses to Review: A Pocketful of Faces

  1. Paul Di Filippo says:

    Many thanks for those kind words, Stephanie!

  2. You are very welcome. Thank you for the great read!

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