Sunday, January 3, 2016

Braid of Days and Wake of Nights, by E. Lily Yu

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(Urban Fantasy) Julia hunts for a mysterious white horse in Central Park, certain it must be a unicorn that can heal her friend who is dying of cancer. (6,480 words; Time: 21m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average
Recommended By: SFRevu:4

"Braid of Days and Wake of Nights," by , appeared in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction issue 01-02|16, published on by .

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Pro: The unicorn doesn't heal Vivian's body, but it heals her soul--that anger as big as a house that she didn't want to die with. In the grownup world, that's the most we can ask of unicorns, after all.

Con: It's a simple story, lacking the complexity of a 4 or 5-star story, and the emotional impact comes entirely from depicting a loved one dying.

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3 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Another unicorn story...I liked Kat Howard's "Maiden, Hunter, Beast" a bit more, but I enjoyed this very different approach too.

  2. So all I have to do to get a unicorn to help me is slit its throat then?

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