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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"Travel Agency" by Ellen Klages

First appeared in Strange Horizons (no longer available online). Reprinted by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer's Year's Best. 

An aunt is excited by her niece's excitement to be staying in a proper attic, alone with a bunch of books. The aunt goes for her and finds she's traveled to another land "for a holiday," quite literally (literalizing the metaphor of what books do). The aunt is quite pleased although it remains slightly disturbing as well--whisking the child away without expression permission of the child or parents--which adds a dimension of deviousness to the tale.

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