Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Stone Garden, by C.A. Hawksmoor

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(High Fantasy) Gwyn plants a stone garden beside the house he and Mercher are building for each other. You plant stone seeds in stone gardens, and they make you remember. But not everything is good to remember. (4,870 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

This story is a sequel to Y Brenin and may read better if you read that one first.

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 196, published on .

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Pro: The cottage does get built, and we do learn much of what happened to Gwyn and Mercher.

Con: Building a cottage is an awfully tiny objective for a story. Many aspects of the history of the two remain obscure even at the end of the story.

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5 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. I felt like way too much was missing from this story.

  2. Just discovered from another review that this is a sequel to this story:

    I haven't read that one, but imagine it would fill in some of the blanks I had reading this one.

  3. I didn't make the connection to Y Brenin while reading.

    I don't think building the cottage was the point of the story, I think the writer was going for one of those newfangled "metaphor" things.

    It was all very beautifully told and with intriguing hints of a wider background, but too slow and allusive to grab me.

  4. Looks like this post got updated with info from the wrong story.