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Book Title: The Bone Flute|
The author of the book: Lisa Tuttle
Edition: Infinity Plus
Date of issue: 2011
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First Line: “I am forever falling in love with beautiful men who break my heart.”
After learning about the controversy surrounding this Nebula Award Winner for Best Short Story I was curious to learn more about it.
In first person our protagonist who works as a trader goes to a bar called The White Bird and meets a man named Venn -he’s musical, he’s self absorbed, and a wanderer. They travel to a planet called Habille (No, I don’t think this is referencing the French word habiller ‘to dress’) where there is a cultural expectation that: when lovers meet, they love each other forever and never separate. And they mean it.
It’s a Space Gothic- Something creepy is going on, and our dashing protagonist never really gets a complete answer.
“Habille kept its cultural differences quietly tucked out of sight. That there was a great deal of strangeness beneath the surface, I had no doubt. What it might be, I did not know.” - 28%
Believable characters - The protagonist and Venn don’t work out long term. The characters were quickly created and fully fleshed out, even minor side characters like a dancer:
“Her voice was a good imitation of the loud, drunken belligerence she must often have heard directed at herself, and she sat as if her nakedness was a uniform of high rank.” 9%
Which also shows how wonderful of a writer Tuttle is. She created complex characters in a very short story.
World-building- Was fascinating and I wanted to know more. There were no infodumps.
I love the world Tuttle created. - And I’m not certain if she has other stories set in it. That’s pretty much it.
I would have liked to know more about the protagonist. She’s basically hasn’t changed in ten years. Why? I would have liked to have more context, despite this, it feels like I’m nit picking. This is a good, solid story.
The Ending - Which takes full advantage of the ‘ghost does not realize they’re a ghost thing’ to the max.
Ambiguity done right- Not too much, not too little. It can’t be known if Wara killed him, or something else did first. We don’t know, as readers what exactly goes on in Habille that inspired Habille’s people into this I love you foreverrrr mentality.
Overall: It’s a quick ~30 page read and it's 99¢ on Amazon. Get it.
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Read information about the author(Wife of Colin Murray) aka Maria Palmer (house pseudonym).
Lisa Tuttle taught a science fiction course at the City Lit College, part of London University, and has tutored on the Arvon courses. She was residential tutor at the Clarion West SF writing workshop in Seattle, USA. She has published six novels and two short story collections. Many of her books have been translated into French and German editions.
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