The science of reading lips was fun. The central imagery of the talking stone statues stirred the imagination. On the second read, the ending was emotionally moving in an Ovid's-Metamorphosis manner. Yet would the protagonists have chosen this way? Perhaps a particularly trusting and romantic couple might. Also, how does Marie-Claire so quickly switch from an adherent to Catholicism to adherent of the earth goddess? A transition period may be in order (unless she mixes religions or combines the earth goddess in an unusual way). Still a strong piece.
- Writers of the Future, 23