Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Ghost Hunter's Beautiful Daughter

Novelette by Christopher Barzak

Sylvie can see ghosts, and make them visible to others. This allows her father to hunt and capture them. But Sylvie feels sorry for the poor trapped ghosts, including her dead mother, and wants her father to find a different job.

The story is sad but dryly humorous. The language gives a fantastical, lyrical quality, which is an odd thing to write about Ohio, and everything is in the present tense. The ending is what really differentiates this from a modern fairy tale; it is left very open. But none of the unresolved questions are critical enough to haunt me. 3.5 out of 5.

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