Book Review: “L’Esprit de L’Escalier”, by Catherynne M. Valente (four stars)

Book Review: “L’Esprit de L’Escalier, by Catherynne M. Valente (four stars)

Music is just the sound of time blowing across the lip of their nothingness.

Creative novelette which strums all the right chords. The story of Orpheus and Eurydice has been retold many times over the millennia, but none quite like Valente’s take. Thorough knowledge of Greek mythology required to appreciate, but not required to enjoy it.

Sunlight from the kitchen windows creeps in and sits guiltily at her feet like a neglected cat.

Forces the reader to think. Excellent word pictures. The length is just right. Gratuitous f-word cost her a star; do the math.

He wanted himself as she saw him.

(2022 Hugo Awards Novelette finalist)