In the Greenwood by Mari Ness

bookshelves: spring-2014, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, published-2013, e-book, forest, debut, medieval5c-16c, historical-fiction, mythology, newtome-author, lifestyles-deathstyles

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Nataliya
Read on May 18, 2014

 

Tor.com blogger, fantasy writer, and insatiable reader Mari Ness makes her Tor.com short fiction debut with a beautifully told tale of complicated and conflicted love, a translation and transformation of a very old story that is sure to be familiar to every fan of folklore and history.

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by editor Liz Gorinsky.

Opening: Afterwards, neither could agree on where they’d first met, or when. She thought she’d been six; he said four. Both agreed he’d been older than she, although how much older was something they never discussed, nor tried to figure out, quite deliberately. He’d been infuriating, she remembered. She’d been aggravating, he said. He’d once thrown rocks at her.

I’m late to the show – Tor.com have made a tranche of shorties available for free. This Robin Hood rethink is available here, and seeing how I love short stories as palate-cleansers in between main reads, this is exceptionally lovely of them.

Hey Bezos! not everyone is money-grabbing.

A surprising end to this heart of the forest tale.

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