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A fronte praecipitium a tergo lupi. (In front of you, a precipice. Behind you, wolves.)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Root by Emily Mah

I just finished a short story by Emily Mah called Root. I wish it had been a novel, for the plain reason that I love how Emily writes. I enjoy her voice and how she makes her characters spring effortlessly to life. Her words are clear, concise, and get the message straight to our admiring eyes, all while feeding us a fantastic plot. YUM!

My only regret at this point is that, like a great mint truffle, her story was gone in a flash, leaving me savoring that last little bit of mental chocolate.

For the record, her story has nothing at all to do with chocolate truffles or really any food at all, other than pizza. It's all about computer gremlins--those nasty little creatures which plague us in our daily work. Those are the horrid beasts which slap on the blue screen of death right in the middle of a fantastic chapter or, in this case, strip grades, destroy room assignments, and generally play havoc in the life of an unassuming college student.

Hurray for Beulah (of the unfortunate name)! She prevails with panache and reminds us that we can get the better of Root and his friends.

Jonesing for more Emily Mah/E.L. Tippetts...;o)

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