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This is a Nebula-nominated fantasy short story published by Lightspeed Magazine in January 2018.
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Published January 1st 2018 by Lightspeed
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Bradley
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-shelf, fantasy
I always love short stories with cool (and nasty) twists. :) This one fits that bill nicely. :)

There's always a trick. :)

Nommed for 2019 Hugo.
Alexander Pyles
This was a tragic tale of an orphan, who thought the grass was greener if he could only "make it." Yet, what happens when you take on a power that extracts a terrible cost?

I love Pinsker's style of writing, but I was expecting more "umph" from this one as a whole. The ending just did not click for me.
David
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good story, almost a 4 but not quite. Pinsker sets us up with an introduction about a curious orphan, and stage magic, and real magic, but the point of the story goes past those. The theme is common enough--what will you give up to learn the "real truth"? But the way this one works out saves it from being too ordinary. I think it's probably a contender for the award, but I haven't read them all yet...
Rachele
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
This is a nominee for best short story for 2019 Hugo Awards and I had a 5-10 mins to spare so I figured i'd give it a read.

I was bored for the first 30%, intrigued by the next 50% and then let down by the ending. There's no reveal or "ending" really, it just kind of fizzles out. I did enjoy her writing style though
saradevil
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The style of the writing took a bit longer than it should have, but you know you are drawn in when you can no longer look away. A strong short story questioning the power of belief and the desire to excel.
Doug
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hugo-reading-2019, sf
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james wells
It's a pretty clear attack on employee/employment relationships. I have to ask, is this the best short story all year?
Titus Fortner
The costs of needing to know something at any cost...
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fic...
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