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Tannat

Not so much a blog; just lots of books

Currently reading

In the Bleak Midwinter: A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alsyne Novel
Julia Spencer-Fleming
Ninefox Gambit
Yoon Ha Lee, Emily Woo Zeller
The Black Tides of Heaven
JY Yang
Engineering Animals: How Life Works
Alan Mcfadzean, Mark Denny
Progress: 125/314pages
The Rise of Yeast: How the Sugar Fungus Shaped Civilization
Nicholas P. Money
Conservation of Shadows
Yoon Ha Lee
Progress: 22%
Le premier jour
Marc Levy
Progress: 180/496pages
Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
Herman Melville
Manifold: Time
Stephen Baxter, Chris Schluep
Progress: 99/480pages
The Long War
Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett
Progress: 68/501pages

The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho

The Terracotta Bride - Zen Cho

The Terracotta Bride is a short fantasy novellette that follows a girl who died very young, Siew Tsin, and who was married off to a rich man by a dead great uncle when she arrived in Chinese Hell where spirits of the dead stay until they are ready to move on and be reincarnated. Wealthier spirits bribe officials to avoid moving on since being reincarnated requires that you forget everything from your past life and what makes you you.

 

So Siew Tsin is marking time as a second wife to a wealthy man when he brings home yet another wife, this one a kind of terracotta golem that's fashioned to look like a woman. Siew Tsin ends up being the outsider looking on as the new bride threatens to upend the order of things just by her very existence. It was somewhat sad but I found the ending sweet and uplifting as Siew Tsin learns to move on after her disappointment.