Sunday, January 15, 2017

Bombyx mori, by Kerstin Hall

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(Metafiction) Cynae lives in a house in the woods, where she making a living spinning silk. She has reasons to want to be alone. (5,969 words; Time: 19m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"," by (edited by Niall Harrison), appeared in issue 01/09/17, published on .

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Pro: The prose is very pretty. Presumably at the end we learn that Cynae is a ghost, so the lie when she said “I live here alone” was that, in fact, no one lived there.

Con: There’s not really a story here—just an extended word game. Who was the man? Why did he die? What does the yellow silk mean? Who is the one-legged girl? Perhaps there’s a meaning to extract from all this, but I’m not seeing it.

The author does repeatedly warn us to “stop reading now.” It’s good advice.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. You stole my joke in your con section! >_<

  2. Yeah, this was just too rambling. It was kind of entertaining at first, but then it just goes on every which way.