Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Toymaker's Daughter, by Arundhati Hazra

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(Fairy Tale) As she paints them, the girl makes up stories about the wooden toys her father carves, unaware that she’s filling them with magic. (4,986 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"The Toymaker's Daughter," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 03-04|17, published on by .

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Pro: This story is alternately funny and touching. The parents holding the magic lovebirds and saying, “Good Lord, it has speech-recognition and natural-language-processing software!” are hilarious.

Con: Too much of the story is told through cold narration rather than shown through action and dialogue, and this takes most of the life out of the story. Her father’s death ought to be an emotional event, but it’s not.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. The stories within the story are almost more enchanting the overall story itself.