Strange Horizons, September 18, 2017

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Strange Horizons, September 18, 2017

“Oshun, Inc.” by Jordan Ifueko

Reviewed by Victoria Silverwolf

Ancient African mythology and modern American technology come together in “Oshun, Inc.” by Jordan Ifueko. The narrator is a woman who has become an immortal servant of a Yoruba love goddess. She works in the Los Angeles office building of the goddess, bringing together lonely mortals by taking pieces of their souls. If she becomes too close to a mortal, however, the results can be dangerous or even fatal. While on assignment, she meets someone who will have an important role to play in her endless life. This enjoyable romantic comedy offers a wry look at twenty-first century mating rituals. Serious issues involving sex and race come up in the story, but in a light, even-handed manner.

Victoria Silverwolf used to live in Los Angeles.