Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A Green Silk Dress and a Wedding-Death, by Cat Hellisen

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(Fairy Tale) In South Africa, nearsighted Héloise has a hopeless job cleaning fish. Things start to change after she sees a water spirit—or thinks she did (7,310 words; Time: 24m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"A Green Silk Dress and a Wedding-Death," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 03-04|17, published on by .

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Pro: Héloise wants to escape from her life, and Sil e Catthia gives her that. She loses her humanity, but humanity has not been kind to her anyway.

Sil e Catthia wants a bride. Even when he’s captured, he’s amused, which suggests he could get away easily enough—being captured suits his plan. He too gets what he wants.

Con: Although her leaving is understandable, she’s abandoning her grandmother and her little brother to even greater poverty and suffering. This makes it harder to be sympathetic to her.

The writing is a little awkward, relying on narration more than it should.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Dark like an old fairy tale, yet in a modern setting. Although I had to keep reminding myself of that with the cooking over the hearth.