Esham ate shaved ice with lychee syrup. It had been a strange day, he thought.
set in near-future yiwu, china, this is an urban fantasy story whose premise is infused with the kind of magical realism that makes it feel very much like classical folklore until the more contemporary bits creep in and it turns into a melting pot of many genres while being its own thing. a lottery system where winning grants you your true heart’s desire, and the one time it…doesn’t. it’s a short n’ sweet one, and that means – DRUM ROLL – short review for a short story!
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