If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love

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On June 5, 2014
Last modified:June 5, 2014


21954222Title: If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love
Author: Rachel Swirsky
Genre: eh?

This is the part of my 100 Short Stories in 2014 challenge. The story is Nominated for the Hugo Awards for best short stories and I am reading it in the voting pacet.

Oh this story is just wonderful! It is really hard to write about it without spoiling it because it is so short (flash fiction). But I will try to say a little bit about why I loved it.

If you were a dinosaur, my love, then you would be a T-Rex. You’d be a small one, only five feet, ten inches, the same height as human-you.

That is the opening sentences. Talk about an opening sentence that is quotable, memorable and that sets the tone for the rest of the story.

The first half of the story is really one big fun thought experiment. What if your loved one was a dinosaur. How fun, how complicated, how wonderful.

The second half of the story 

is all about why, the POV character wishes that her loved one was a dinosaur, which is a weird thing to wish for really. The second half is so sad and awful and heartwrenching. In this super short story the story made me feel with the characters and the horrible thing that happened to “my love” made me genuinely sad.

The story made me feel. It isn’t just the fully piece of silliness (though I would have been happy if it were just that) it is more than that. I can just say wow!

I will have to rethink my voting in this category.

The stats

Published: Mar 5, 2013 by Apex Magazine 
Read: June 4th 2013
Length: 963 words, Flash fiction
Format: Free online fiction

The author: white, female, USA resident

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