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Hugo Award 2019 Shorts discuss > “The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections” by Tina Connolly

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This is our discussion of the 2019 Hugo Award "best novelette" finalist...

The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections” by Tina Connolly
It can be read on-line at Tor.com.


This is part of our discussion of the 2019 Hugo Award short story & novelette finalists.


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This fantasy posits the interesting premise that a chef can create candies, pastries & other desserts that evoke past memories so vividly it's as if you relive them. "This truffle tastes of regret with just a hint of despair at the finish."

The narration, provided by the chef's wife, is nicely done. Not my favorite, but enjoyable enough.


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Andrea | 2510 comments I really enjoyed it. Interesting to use one memories as a weapon. And loved the names of the delicacies, as well as the title of the story.


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Andrea wrote: "I really enjoyed it. Interesting to use one memories as a weapon."

Yes, "Temporal Confections" is a cute term for the dish.

BTW, it reminded me a bit of a scene in Pixar's Ratatouille where a dish also evokes strong memories (in the food critic), though not as intense as Connolly imagines.


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Rachel | 522 comments Although you can feel where it’s most likely going still enjoyed this one. I’m still glad for the ‘happy’ ending.
Another interesting way to tell a story - it’s the Hugo year of fun formats! So interesting how each dessert will be different for each person and how it can change over time.
Cool idea, well developed I thought.


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Caitlin | 68 comments I absolutely loved this one. Not sure if it's because I also love baking but thought it was such a clever, interesting way of handling the reluctant resistance vs fantasy tyrant.


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Oleksandr Zholud I found the idea interesting but I think that the ending broke the rules of how pastries work, so I lowered the overall rating


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