Monday, October 31, 2016

The Garden of Ending, by K.J. Kabza

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(Fantasy) In which a girl named Everyone finds a ruined garden and a nameless gargoyle repairs it for her. (2,794 words; Time: 09m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by , appeared in issue 211, published on .

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Pro: This is really the gardener's story. He feels sorry for Everybody when she's upset by the abandoned garden, so he tries to make it right for her, not realizing she'll use it in a way that forces her to leave.

This story appears to be an allegory for how children outgrow things and eventually leave childhood behind. Or even an allegory for how civilizations do more or less the same.

Con: Or maybe not. There are a lot of symbols here with no obvious meaning. E.g. the gargoyle, the orange tree, the other attendants. There is very little story and lots and lots of imagery.

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