Thursday, July 14, 2016

Water, Birch, and Blood, by Sara Norja

(Portal Fantasy) In modern Finland, Elna, her wife and their little child take a summer vacation at a family cabin by a rural lake where something happened when Elna was 11. (3,972 words)

Rating: 3, Unremarkable

, by appeared in the 11 July 2016 issue of Strange Horizons.

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: Elna's mission is clear, even though she ultimately fails to achieve it. In some ways, that's apt; you really don't get to revisit your childhood. Also, the imagery is pretty.

Con: The "pretty imagery" occupies nearly half the story before anything supernatural happens. Lots of characters are introduced but not needed for the story. Neither is the lengthy description of what happened in the other world.

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