The Elephant in the Room

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On February 5, 2014
Last modified:June 2, 2014


That was wonderful and powerful and it makes me want to read more in that universe.

The elephant in the roomTitle: The Elephant in the Room
Author: Paul Cornell 
Genre: Urban fantasy

This is the part of my 100 Short Stories in 2014 challenge.

This story is part of George R. R. Martin’s Wild Cards multi-author shared-world universe , which I have never encountered before, but which I now want to read more off. I tried to read London Falling  by Paul Cornell last year without luck – to my annoyance it didn’t catch me. I say to my annoyance because I really like Paul Cornell on SF Squeecast and I want to like the writing of the internet people I follow. So I am very happy that I really like The Elephant in the Room.

To me the story was about parental acceptance or rather the hunt to get it. To get your parents to accept who you are and to accept your live choices. To treat you as a competent adult rather than a child. It is one of the universal themes that I don’t think we ever will have explored fully. The story is about  the fact that we are still growing up when we are 30, shaping our identity, that we continue to develop as people.

It is also very much about acceptance of who you are and who the people around you are. Especially when they are “freaks”. That being a freak can make you special – in a good way rather than just an outsider.

I thought the story was really powerful and I really enjoyed it. The characters were strong and felt fleshed out. I liked the way it was told, from a very active and conscious first person point of view.

The one thing that did distract was all the constant reference to the rest of the series. That did feel a bit overdone.

I kind of want to read more in the universe it is a really interesting one and I liked shared universe collections.

 The stats

Collection: Some of the Best From, 2013 Edition: A Tor.Com Original
Published: May 19th 2013 by
Read: Read from February 03 to 04, 2014
Length: 10957 words, Novelette
Format: ebook, part of a collection

Author: Male, UK resident, white.
Protagonist: Female, superhero, athlete

That was wonderful and powerful and it makes me want to read more in that universe.

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