Saturday, December 31, 2016

Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik

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(Fairy Tale) Young Miryem supports her family lending money at interest, but things get difficult when someone from Faerie makes her an offer she can’t refuse. (11,747 words; Time: 39m)

Rating: ★★★★★ Beautiful Writing, Clever Plot, Plenty of Tension
Recommended By: RHorton:4 JStrahan

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

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Spinning Silver rehabilitates the Rumpelstiltskin story, making a young Jewish moneylender the hero of the tale.

Miryem wants to be successful and to make her grandfather proud. She accomplishes that. She also wants the Staryk to leave her alone, and she manages that too, with a little help. The irony that fairy silver is worth more than gold is very amusing.

The young jeweler, Isaac, also wants to be successful, but he's clearly motivated by more than just the money. Making beautiful things consumes him, and he gets to make three unique items.

We like the hints that Isaac and Miryem are courting. They really solved their problems jointly, they're both very clever, and they'll make a good match.

There's even some tension, when Oleg tries to steal the gold, but the best section of the whole story is when Miryem convinces the Staryk that he wants her for a banker, not a wife.

So they all live happily ever after, and we feel good about that because everyone earned it.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. This was my favourite story that I have read so far.

    I agree with the rating. This story is going on my Hugo nomination in the Novelette category.