Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild, by Catherynne M. Valente

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Surreal tale about the loves and losses of Violet Wild, a girl from the purple country, who crosses the spectrum accompanied by a unicorn, a sorrow, and a herd of time squirrels. (15,505 words; Time: 51m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆, Not Recommended
Recommended By: SFRevu:4 RHorton:5

"," by , appeared in Clarkesworld issue 102, published on .

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Pro: The imagery is often very beautiful, and a lot of the jokes actually work. The underlying story of a girl who lost her love, grieved, and found it again, does have a happy ending here.

Con: The story is simply exhausting to read. It's clear that most (if not all) of the crazy things in it actually mean something, but it's quite a chore to figure them out. At the end, it isn't clear whether Orchid Harm ever really died or if they were just separated and grew apart for a while.

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