“Behind the Mirror,” by Yoon Ha Lee (2007) E

Date read: 8.10.09
Read in: Coyote Wild
Reviewer: Emera

Yoon Ha Lee’s flash fiction (I did a word count out of curiosity – 223) “Behind the Mirror” is lovely, sad, and unsettling, and has one of the most memorable single lines I’ve read, that could be a poem all by itself. The story has an appropriately vanishing feel to it, a sort of silvery evanescence. I found one paragraph a little overwritten, which is troublesome in such a short piece, but it doesn’t really hurt the story as a whole.

“Behind the Mirror” appears in the first issue of online speculative fic/poetry quarterly Coyote Wild. Take a minute out of your day to enjoy Lee’s story. (That’s why I love short fiction – you can pop one in here and there so easily.)

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  1. Vega’s avatar

    My goodness! Years ago I was involved in a PBeM RPG that Yoon Ha was running. It was a very short-lived affair (I think I made 2-3 posts before the RPG fizzled out) but I’ve never forgotten it. Shazrad is still up there, as is my character. Good to note that Yoon Ha is still writing!

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  2. Emera’s avatar

    Somehow I’m entirely not surprised to hear that! You two do seem to have compatible interests. :) I actually first encountered her name in a magazine for which she wrote an article about Interactive Fiction a good number of years ago, so I was tickled myself to find her work again online. A lot of her short fiction seems to be based on mathematics & music, so I’m betting you’d like it, too.

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