The Tinder Box by Kate Elliott (Tor.com, December 1, 2021)
One of my all-time favorite fantasy novels is Cold Magic. I read it some years ago, and it might be time for a reread. So, of course, I had to read The Tinder Box. Kate Elliott has a way with words, and that was abundantly clear with this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale. It adequately captured the substance of the story while also turning it on its head by reframing the narrative from the perspective of the witch instead of the soldier. What a way to start the year!
An Address to the Newest Disciples of the Lost Words by Vanessa Fogg (Lightspeed Magazine; Jan. 2022, Issue 140)
From Kate Elliott’s Tender Box, my next short fiction read was An Address to the Newest Disciples of the Lost Words by Vanessa Fogg. I adored this story. I appreciated the way Fogg put the titular “Lost Words” (and a play on language) to use in a story that was essentially a graduation speech. The narrator details the way the words shaped his course in life to others. Fogg’s lyrical prose detailed the wonder, ambition, joy, disappointment, and everything else in between. It was fantastic.
From around the web…
- Finding Comfort in the (Fictional) Apocalypse (Rachel Ayers; Tor.com, January 4, 2022)
- The Nature of Imagination in Michael Ende’s The Neverending Story (Margaret Fortune; Tor.com, January 6, 2022)
- Author Spotlight: Vanessa Fogg (Laurel Amberdine, Jan. 2022 (Issue 140); Lightspeed Magazine)
- Solving the Mystery of Turkish Delight (and Other Fantasy Anomalies) (James Davis Nicoll; Tor.com, January 6, 2022)
- Reading Is Time Travel (Molly Templeton; Tor.com, January 6, 2022)
- Writing Horses: Sketching “The Mind Horse” (Judith Tarr; Tor.com, January 10, 2022)