Strange Horizons, April 13, 2015
Reviewed by Bob Blough
Daniel Ausema‘s story in this week’s Strange Horizons, “Among the Sighs of the Violoncellos,” is not really a story but more of a poetic meditation.
What it succeeds in showing us is a very unusual fairy garden. In each section we see a different part of the garden, and its owner, the Marquesa. Most importantly we get an idea of the gardeners themselves who narrate each section. Being a prose poem it is very short, and I cannot comment on each section without destroying its beauty as a whole work. It is more of a diaphanous tapestry than a story. If you desire plot and action you will not like it. However, if you like luminous writing filled with imaginative verbal pictures then this is for you.