Thursday, September 26, 2019

This Is How, by Marie Brennan

[Strange Horizons]

(High Fantasy) In which we learn about valravns, which are vicious shape-changers who take the form of birds. (1,961 words; Time: 06m)

"," by (edited by Vanessa Rose Phin), appeared in issue 09/16/19, published on .

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Review: 2019.541 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: I think this story is meant to be symbolic of something, possibly the fight against depression or even just against our baser natures.

Con: It’s not a story in any conventional sense; it’s just a tedious recitation of facts.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. I'd say it's symbolic of an abused child who grows up to be an abuser themselves, but then resolves to break that cycle at the end.

    The valravn is from Danish folklore, and it's also a roller coaster at Cedar Point. :)