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Lynn E. O'Connacht
on May 16, 2013 :
This is a beautiful story. I wish we'd seen more of the friendship growing, mostly because of how touching I found the little glimpses that we saw. It wouldn't really have fit with the structure Hogarth is using, though. Part of the story is told through the description of a performance, which is an incredibly effective structure. The performance itself is quite vague, so that's part of the hook. I really wanted to know what it was about and what inspired it!
It's also a poignant tale. It's not very long, but it has a lot of substance to it. Pretty much everything is hinted at and it just whets your (well, mine certainly) appetite for more. We learn very little about the Khedariens, for all that we learn enough to understand the events in the story. We learn very little about their interactions, again for all that we do learn enough about them to satisfy. There are no loose ends that need tying, just a fascination with the setting and a desire to know how. I... won't say that I enjoyed it because it was too filled with tragedy for that, but it was something I'm glad I read. It was a wonderfully executed, powerful read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on May 31, 2011 :
This is beautiful! A first contact, marred by human misunderstanding and human judgment... Presented in the form of an Asian-themed play, it's a lovely marriage of poetry and written images.
(reviewed the day of purchase)