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The title doesn't lie: This is a story about a young writer and an old witch who meet on a lonely road that winds towards the New Capital. Actually, they meet there twice. The first time, there's a curse involved. The second time--you'll have to read and find out. It all adds up to about 4,000 words--perfect as a train read or an after-dinner fable. (Didn't you hear? Docto ...more
Kindle Edition, 23 pages
Published August 10th 2009 by robinsloan.com
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Brandi
Oct 12, 2012 Brandi rated it it was amazing
To be clear, you can find this online for free if you'd like at the author's website (figured I'd put that in since I searched my local bookstore and then Amazon with increasing confusion). :) It's a very quick read with a very straight-forward fairy-tale format. I would describe it as warm and touching without being fluffy. There's really no reason not to read it!
Carrie Mansfield
Jan 24, 2013 Carrie Mansfield rated it it was amazing
Just like Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore, this too made me happy. The author has a great way of weaving simple words into a spell of zen-like appreciation of the world around him . It's a quiet piece and a clever little piece of modern-day fable spinning. Take a moment to find and read this. It's worth it.
Bernadine Wilsenach
Aug 26, 2014 Bernadine Wilsenach rated it really liked it
As good as it gets; like the perfect chocolate brownie, it was over too soon.
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
Feb 10, 2013 Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum rated it really liked it
After falling in love with Robin Sloan's Mr Penumbra's 24-hr Bookstore recently, I was keen to read more from this fabulous author, and settled on this short story from him entitled: The Writer & The Witch.

I read it last month, but am reviewing it now, as part of freebie February, because you can read it online here for free.

It is essentially the story of a writer cursed by a witch who then has to stay in the one spot or age a year for every step he takes. What happens next is the essence of
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H3dakota
Oct 02, 2013 H3dakota rated it really liked it
I'd forgotten that I read this one well before Mr. Penumbra's! I read it again & liked it just as much the 2nd time as the 1st.
Monica
Aug 06, 2016 Monica rated it really liked it
Loved it. You can read this short story for free at the author's website.
https://www.robinsloan.com/writer-witch/
Vineeth
Jun 08, 2014 Vineeth rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable short read. I recommend Judd Palmer's Preposterous Tales for Unusual Children for anyone that enjoyed this.
Sarahanne
Aug 22, 2016 Sarahanne rated it it was amazing
A perfect fable. Just enough evil. Just enough magic.

If only it were a collection of fables, instead of just one. Perhaps someday....
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A poignant, touching short read that's only $0.99 on Amazon's Kindle.
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Robin Sloan grew up near Detroit and now splits his time between San Francisco and the internet. He graduated from Michigan State with a degree in economics and, from 2002 to 2012, worked at Poynter, Current TV, and Twitter. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is his first novel. You can learn more at robinsloan.com and follow along at @robinsloan.
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