“Bronsky’s Dates with Death” is an unusual story. Bronsky is a retired salesman. He’s a talker, but he always tells the truth, tells his honest opinion. He can’t help it, even if he might hurt someone’s feelings. And now he can’t help talking about death. He’s fine with it, with the knowledge that he’s nearing the end of his life. It doesn’t bother him, but his constant talk about it is wearing thin on his wife and grown daughter. And making Death uncomfortable, too, which leads to the “dates” of the story’s title.

The story has some very funny moments and Bronsky’s a great character. The end however was quite touching, if a little long. You can read it on-line here.

Published in the July/August 2011 issue of Fantasy and Science Fiction

4 out of 5 stars

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I read my copy online and the above is my honest opinion.