Thursday, January 7, 2016

Tower of the Rosewater Goblet, by Nin Harris

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(Fantasy) Erheani wanted to be a master storyteller, and the first task her teachers set for her was to update an old classic tale. But there are tales within tales... (5,874 words; Time: 19m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆, Not Recommended

"," by , appeared in Strange Horizons issue 01/04/16, published on .

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There's no actual story here. Different things happen. Different accounts contradict one another. The effect is surreal and unsatisfying.

A separate problem is that the text contains a number of spelling errors.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. I got a bit confused between the framing story, the stories of Erheani, and the Rosewater Goblet bits. I don't really feel like they came together in the end either.

    Ironically, I saved this to read on Pocket, and it got listed as by Rahshan Milder (master story stealer) instead of Nin Harris.

  2. Strange Horizons prints more experimental stuff than many other magazines will. Sometimes the results are really cool, but sometimes the experiments just don't work.