Kaiju maximus®: “So Various, So Beautiful, So New” by Kai Ashante Wilson
My rating: 4/5 cats
WELCOME TO DECEMBER PROJECT!
this explanation/intro will be posted before each day’s short story. scroll down to get to the story-review.
this is the FOURTH year of me doing a short story advent calendar as my december project. for those of you new to me or this endeavor, here’s the skinny: every day in december, i will be reading a short story that is 1) available free somewhere on internet, and 2) listed on goodreads as its own discrete entity. there will be links provided for those of you who like to read (or listen to) short stories for free, and also for those of you who have wildly overestimated how many books you can read in a year and are freaking out about not meeting your 2019 reading-challenge goals. i have been gathering links all year when tasty little tales have popped into my feed, but i will also accept additional suggestions, as long as they meet my aforementioned 1), 2) standards.
if you scroll to the end of the reviews linked here, you will find links to all the previous years’ stories, which means NINETY-THREE FREEBIES FOR YOU!
reviews of these will vary in length/quality depending on my available time/brain power.
so, let’s begin
They couldn’t guess what shape, this time, the hero’s metamorphosis would take; she had no idea herself. Their only forewarning was that, whatever changes, they would be always perilous, always a shock.
soooo, this was great. i’m always excited to read new stories by this guy, and this is probably my second-favorite of everything of his i’ve read (The Devil in America is still #1). this is the least linguistically playful of his work (although there’s still a touch of that here), but it’s also the biggest and broadest in terms of concept/story, even though the main focus is still small; on three of the four members of an unusual family. there’s always some ambiguity leftover for later, and i would love to know more about sofiya, but i’m very happy with all of the words that exist, so i’m not gonna grouse about the ones that don’t.
short review for a short story, but think of all the time i’ve saved you! now you can go read the story itself, which is much better than any of my sentences about it have or would have been!
read it for yourself here: