Book Review: “Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon
“His grandmother had never been very good at being normal.”
A fun twist on the typical heroic fantasy opening. All the tropes one expects of a Star Wars-like farm boy ripped out of his normal by a magic sword and stranger to teach him its use. But … no. Even a touch of humor.
“Goats thought themselves extremely clever and it was always rather a surprise to them when they were wrong.”
Seem disingenuous to accuse an eight-page story of being wordy, but the preceding sentence could have said as much in half the words.
“Good earth knows when it is loved.”
(2018 Hugo Award novella finalist. Illustration is cover of magazine in which story appeared; has nothing to do with story.)
Glad you mentioned the mag cover. Based on cover I’d never buy it. Do like some Hugo winners. Thanks.
Eight pages seems a bit short for a novella. It’s even short for a short story.