Monday, January 15, 2018

She Still Loves the Dragon, by Elizabeth Bear

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(Fantasy Allegory) How a knight errant sought a dragon, they fell in love, and she loves it still, despite the fact it set her on fire once. (3,272 words; Time: 10m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas), appeared in issue 20, published on .

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Pro: It seems to be an allegory for any sort of relationship that is unhealthy for one partner but not the other. There doesn’t seem to be much else to it, but it’s a pleasant-enough read.

Con: I can’t help thinking there’s more to it than that, but that’s all I can see.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. This is really beautiful. And I think the ambitiously different structure works very well.

    I saw it as being open and vulnerable to love in spite of being hurt in past experience. Loving someone for who they are, not expecting them to change for you.

    Jodie Baker at SFF Reviews has an interesting take on it here:

  2. I agree with the rating. All I saw in it was a take on an unhealthy relationship. The other partner wasn't bad as such, and the relationship was good for 12 years or so.

    Thanks Laura. I used the link. Useful insight but it did not improve my perception of the story for me.