Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Two Paupers, by C.S.E. Cooney

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(Fantasy) Gideon always destroys the statures he carves. Analise (who both loves and hates him) decides to save one, not expecting it to come to life. (18,700 words; Time: 1h:02m)

Rating: ★★★★☆, Recommended
Recommended By: RHorton:5

The author's earlier novella, The Breaker Queen, provides some useful background information, but The Two Paupers can be read by itself.
"The Two Paupers," by , appeared in The Two Paupers, published on by .

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Pro: It was unexpected that a statue could become King, but it made sense in context of the material that went before. The imagery of the different realms is excellent, and the different characters are well-described and quite distinct from one another.

Con: It's rather cold. The ending is meant to be emotional, but we don't feel anything. Gideon has been unpleasant for so long that it's impossible to change how we feel about him.

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