Monday, January 9, 2017

Pearl, by Aliette de Bodard

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(Space Opera; Xuya) Da Trang earned favor with the Empress because his remora, Pearl, feed him information. He has lost Pearl, but cannot stop searching for it. (8,244 words; Time: 27m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
Recommended By: NClarke

This story is set in the author’s Dai-Viet universe, but it does not depend on readers having any familiarity with it.

"Pearl," by (edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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

Pro: This story takes the Legend of Dã Tràng and the Pearl and converts it to a science-fiction setting. Unlike the legend, where Dã Tràng’s spirit inhabits crabs that search for the pearl forever, de Bodard lets Da Trang find peace in death at the end..

Con: If you come to this story without having read the original, it seems like a pointless tale of futility. Da Trang did nothing to deserve Pearl in the first place, and his dependence on it is uncomfortably like a drug addiction. We feel zero sympathy at the loss of his unearned position.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. I agree with the rating.

    I have not read the original fairy tale, but it was as you say - very like drug addiction or dependency.