Nov. 10th, 2014

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There are actually a number of original short stories I'd like to rec, if I had the energy to go digging through my bookmarks and think how to show them all to advantage, but you know what, this one made me really happy, and I still have the tab open, so here it is.

The Contemporary Foxwife by Yoon Ha Lee: 4,763 words (or about 40 minutes, if you'd rather listen to the audio version) of domesticity and occasional poignance, starring university students and boy foxwives, in space! Or okay, there's only the one foxwife. But there's procrastination, tea, linguistic expertise, family at a distance, friendship close by, discussion of pronouns, unobtrusive but delightful worldbuilding, careful thought given to the agency and consent of mythological beings (even though there is no sex in this story, at least not for our main characters), and a gorgeous ending.

The reason the tab is still open is that I keep going back to reread bits. It makes me smile! And maybe it will make you smile too, if it sounds like your sort of thing.

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