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(The Palencar Project #2)

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The Palencar Project

Enjoy “Dormanna,” by Gene Wolfe, a story inspired by an illustration from John Jude Palencar.

“Dormanna” is part of a five-story series curated by senior Tor Books editor David G. Hartwell. All five are based on a singular piece of art by John Jude Palencar and will be released for free on every Wednesday in March
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Yorgos St.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great little story. Sweet and melancholic. A story about a little girl who have to leave behind her imaginary friends. It is time for her to grow up. Only sometimes imaginary friends a real.
The second in the John Jude Palencar project, where six noted authors in the field develop a short story inspired by one of the artist's paintings. I found this story much more enjoyable, about a young girl with an imaginary friend, almost like a pink mote of dust, hitches a ride with her to school and helps her in her civics class. There's a message about cosmic oneness, the greater good, humanity, and all sorts of feel good stuff that makes you know that the stars are aligned properly. Nicely ...more
Rick Northrop
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I read this story along with the others involved with the project and Wolfe's talent was readily apparent when compared to the other others. And many were not slouches either, he just stands that much higher.
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's hard for me to put my finger on just what makes Wolfe's stories, this one included, so enjoyable. Nevertheless, they are.
Nadine Jones
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Such a sweet, melancholy story, full of all sorts of things: the innocence and freedom of youth, the loneliness of living, uncertainty, love, happiness, and sorrow for sweet times that have gone. I'd never heard the phrase "Isn't she a caution," before, and I seem to have misinterpreted it (I looked it up after), but I still felt the main gist of the story.

“You didn’t cheat. Answers you get from an imaginary playmate count as yours. You said we needed good laws.”

This story is part of a series
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This is part of a series of short stories commissioned by, each one relating to the painting in the picture. It's a sweet story, but not earth shattering. And I have a couple of niggles with it. Nothin worth spending more time writing the review than reading the story though.
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Dormanna is the story of a little kid that woke up one night with a new "imaginary friend" that turns out to not be imaginary, but not of this world either.
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hugely different from what I'd read from Gene Wolfe. Very quick and fun. A nice mix of mystery and wonder.
Jan 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Nice, but a bit short, wanted more.
May 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Relato de una niña y un peculiar amigo invisible. No está mal, pero se queda un poco a mitad de camino. No terminó de engancharme, me dejó pendiente de un algo más que no llega a suceder.
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Gene Wolfe was an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He was noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as the strong influence of his Catholic faith, to which he converted after marrying a Catholic. He was a prolific short story writer and a novelist, and has won many awards in the field.

The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award is given by SFWA for ‘lifetime achievement in science

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