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Strange Horizons, March 6, 2023
“The Gratitude of Mice” by Yume Kitasei
Reviewed by Victoria Silverwolf
In “The Gratitude of Mice” by Yume Kitasei, the narrator witnesses a neighbor dig up gifts from mice, given in exchange for what the neighbor provides. The narrator’s sister leaves food for the mice, but what she receives from them is unexpected.
This is a brief and simple tale, best described as cute. The moral may be that what is best for us may not be what we like or want, but this little bagatelle is too whimsical and lighthearted to take seriously.
Victoria Silverwolf has been watching old movies based on works by Agatha Christie lately.