Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Blessings, by Naomi Novik

★★★★☆ A delightful subversion of Sleeping Beauty

(Fairy Tale) A seriously subverted version of the story of Sleeping Beauty, starting with what happened when all the fairies at the party got stinking drunk. (2,269 words; Time: 07m)

"," by (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas), appeared in issue 22, published on .

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Pro: The story distorts the original story in various delightful ways. The evil fairy was invited on purpose, and her gift is frightening but not malicious. The other gifts that go wrong are amusing. But the outcome—the she doesn’t need a prince, she’s going to be a warrior—is just perfect.

Con: It’s so short that there’s no real character development or plot.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. This is a really good short story. I agree with the Pro part of your review, and it is so delightful it doesn't need the character development that much.

    It is a funny, positively perverse take on the original story.