Saturday, December 14, 2019

The Time Invariance of Snow, by E. Lily Yu


(Fairy Tale Pastiche) In which grown up Gerda and Kay from “The Snow Queen” get separated, and she goes after him again, finding that much has changed and yet a lot is just the same. (2,892 words; Time: 09m)

Before reading this story, you should read “The Snow Queen,” by Hans Christian Anderson—or at least read a synopsis. Otherwise you won’t get much out of it.

"," by (edited by Jonathan Strahan), published on by .

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Review: 2019.689 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: In this story, it appears that G and K are the Gerda and Kay from the original story, but some years later they get reinfected by a mirror fragment. G retraces her steps, but, as she foresees early on, it’s different this time. Instead of the Snow Queen, she confronts the Devil himself.

At the end, G & K both seem to see clearly, but they only meet again at the end of their lives.

Con: The way they break up is so ridiculous, it’s hard to get past. He talks about murdering her and then walks off when she’s upset? When you partner starts telling you how they’d murder you, it’s time to walk off—not follow after him! For me, that largely ruined the whole thing; I didn’t want her to find him again.

The injection of bits of physics didn’t do anything for me but distract me from the story.

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