Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Log Goblin, by Brian Staveley

"For The Log Goblin" by John Jude Palencar
(Urban Fantasy) A moving story about a man who lives alone in the woods discovers a goblin has been stealing his firewood. But why? (1,309 words; Time: 04m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

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Pro: This is an excellent little story. Moving, and with a bittersweet message about the brevity of life. It's interesting that at no point do we ever think the narrator has anything to fear from the goblin.

The goblin's account of why he honors his dead friends is moving. We know the narrator is just as moved as we are when he helps the goblin move the whole rest of the tree and then burn it--a sacrifice on his part, as we know from the earlier text.

Con: It's sweet and sentimental, but it's very short, and as such it has no complexity to it. Man meets goblin; learns a timeless truth about the brevity of life.

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