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2014 Story 51

From Red Caps: New Fairy Tales for Out of the Ordinary Readers:


51. THIMBLERIGGERY AND FLEDGLINGS by Steve Berman   This is a reread for me, a story I first encountered in The Beastly Bride: Tales of the Animal People, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.  My thoughts on the story haven't really changed since that first read: I still marvel over Berman's ability to weave so many different kinds of love into a story loosely based on Swan Lake.  I originally reviewed the story HERE, but it's a short enough review that I'll also copy-paste it rather than forcing you to click through:

There's a melancholy sweetness to this story that really moved me.  I can't say I'm particularly familiar with the ballet Swan Lake (as in, I know the basic idea but don't know the particulars of the plot), so I was able to enjoy this story as a story rather than as a retelling of an old familiar tale.  I suspect that if I ever do see a performance of Swan Lake, I will not be able to put this story out of my head.  Berman captures the various forms of love / lust / interest so well -- unrequited, arranged, familial, at-first-sight -- and weaves them all into the story.  I can honestly saw I felt something for all of the main characters, even the sorcerer father of the main character who at first seems almost inhuman in the way he deals with the world.  I have to highly recommend this piece.

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caffyolay
Feb. 21st, 2014 08:18 am (UTC)
Nice to 'find' you on Goodreads. I was checking out reviews of To Open the Sky by Robert Silverberg because I'm thinking of reading it soon. I remembered it was one of your favourite books and there you were! Rather a coincidence.

I read all your short story reviews here by the way. Haven't been reading many myself but am in the middle of one volume now with a view to reading another straight after, so perhaps will post about them eventually.
talekyn
Feb. 22nd, 2014 05:12 pm (UTC)
I'm always happy to see other people post in this forum, so please do!

Glad you found me on Goodreads; it's nice to see my online lives cross-pollinate, so to speak. And yeah, I cannot recommend "To Open The Sky" enough. I'm due for a re-read some time soon.
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