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2014 Story 37

From Lightspeed Magazine's February issue (#45), edited by John Joseph Adams

37. SO SHARP THAT BLOOD MUST FLOW by Sunny Moraine  In this very dark retelling of "The Little Mermaid," very little is familiar. The author successfully takes  the basics: mermaid sacrifices everything, including her voice, to win her air-breathing Prince, and then goes off into "what if:" what if the plan didn't work, what if the Prince married someone else? How would the mermaid react, what would she do?  I'll admit it: I loved how truly dark and un-fairy-tale-like this take is. It's brutal, a nice change of pace. There are a couple of passages that are almost poetic that made me feel a bit adrift on the tide of the story, not sure of the sequence of events, but I think this was intentional on the part of the author.

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xjenavivex
Feb. 6th, 2014 09:27 pm (UTC)
thank you
talekyn
Feb. 10th, 2014 04:14 am (UTC)
You're welcome!

Wait ...

Is that you???
xjenavivex
Feb. 10th, 2014 01:48 pm (UTC)
me who?
talekyn
Feb. 10th, 2014 05:22 pm (UTC)
Are you Sunny Moraine?
xjenavivex
Feb. 10th, 2014 05:25 pm (UTC)
pfft no sweet pea not at all
talekyn
Feb. 10th, 2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
haha. Well, the way you responded with "thank you" made me think maybe you were using a pen-name. This is the first story by Sunny Moraine I've read.
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