Monday, October 12, 2015

Little Girls in Bone Museums, by Sadie Bruce

Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2015; 3,590 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story  Recommended By:    SFEP

Deeply disturbing story about Piedra, a young woman whose body has been twisted into a work of art called a "bone knot."

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: Piedra means "stone" in Spanish. Obviously this is a metaphor for people who follow careers that cause them to burn out quickly. Entertainers, sports players, dancers, etc. The story manages to be effective despite very little dialogue. The horror of what happens to Piedra is amplified by the little girl who imagines she'd like it too. Substitute a young person admiring pictures of Elvis and wishing to be like that--the absurdity is much more obvious when you replace the photos and videos with a skeleton.

Con: It feels like a long, gruesome, bondage fantasy.

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