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Sunday, April 28, 2013

"Here We Come A-Wandering" from Nina Kiriki Hoffman's Permeable Borders

Permeable Borders 
Nina Kiriki Hoffman 
Fairwood Press
Originally appeared in F&SF

Like "Home for Christmas" and "Trees Perpetual of Sleep", this story has the same recurring character, Matt Black, who appeared in her novel, A Stir of Bones. 

Matt Black, a female, sees what she thinks is the dream of plants, from the vines of a wall.  But he steps from the wall.  He is the moss man, who has just healed a cemetery wall that had asked for his help.  Like Matt, he wanders until he finds something that needs.  He takes, drains the weeping from her, but she feels violated.  Does she go with him or avoid him?

As a series, I find myself swept away by the stories.

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