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Thursday, September 12, 2013

"The Tower Bird" by Jane Yolen from Dragonfield: and Other Stories


 This first appeared in Ariel: The Book of Fantasy, ed. Thomas Durwood; reprinted in 100 Great Fantasy Short Short Stories, ed. Martin H. Greenberg, Terry Carr, and Isaac Asimov.
This little tale tips expectations on their head.  A king begs a bird to give him answers.  The bird only responds in riddles until one day a response out of exasperation changes everything.

The perspective change may alter the way the reader views the universe.

1 comment:

  1. This is amazing, Liz! It's perfectly accurate as well as being really well written. The one thing I would say is that including the owl names would be good. I'll list them here from top to bottom and left to right for those who are interested: 'Liddle flame' #57, 'Starstruck' #81, 'Potty Patrick' #52, 'No nonsense' #28, 'Flat Freddie' #82. Also, I'm at Abbotsford Convent Makers' Market on the 3rd Sunday every month. Other market dates are kept up to date on my website.
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