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The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window is an award-winning fantasy novella by Rachel Swirsky. It explores the conjunction of invocation, deep time, and culture shock. It was originally published in Subterranean Magazine, in the summer of 2010, and subsequently republished in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2011 (from Prime Books) and The BeThe Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window is an award-winning fantasy novella by Rachel Swirsky. It explores the conjunction of invocation, deep time, and culture shock. It was originally published in Subterranean Magazine, in the summer of 2010, and subsequently republished in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2011 (from Prime Books) and The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Vol. 5 (from Night Shade Books).Naeva -- the Lady of the story's title -- is a sorceress in a matriarchy. After being fatally injured, she is persuaded to allow her spirit to be bound, so that she can be summoned and thus continue to advise her queen. However, after the queen has herself died, Naeva continues to be summoned... first by the queen's successor, and then by people from civilizations later than hers.The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen's Window can be read for free by following the official URL....

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  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    2018-10-27 10:47

    The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen's Window is a fantasy short story about how much one's world view is shaped by culture, the time period in which one lives and love.The main character, Naeva, is a powerful magician. She serves the queen of a matriarchal society to the best of her capability.Naeva's love for the queen is used to trap her soul, so she can be summoned from beyond the grave to serve forever.“The Queen needs you, Naeva. Don’t you love her?” Love: the word caught me like a thread on a bramble. Oh, yes. I loved the queen. My will weakened, and I tumbled out of my body. Cold crystal drew me in like a great mouth, inhaling.This binding is problematic, because the queen doesn't live forever.I was captivated by this story. It surprised me because short stories aren't usually my thing.During a bout of insomnia one night, I read The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers in one sitting.You can read it too, if you'd like. It is available in its entirety online: https://subterraneanpress.com/magazin...There are subtleties in the story about feminine and masculine power, but also mankind's penchant for judging current culture as superior to all others that have ever or will ever exist."It was becoming increasingly clear that this woman viewed me as a relic. Indignation simmered; I was not an urn, half-buried in the desert. Yet, in a way, I was."Naeva suffers not only because she's trapped and cannot die, but also because her matriarchal culture is left behind in the depths of time."I had never before been aware of the time that I spent under the earth, but as the years between summons stretched, I began to feel vague sensations: swatches of grey and white along with muted, indefinable pain."She changes, but reluctantly and slowly. And love has as large a role in shaping her development as it did in her entrapment.It is a wonderful fairy tale. I highly recommend it for sleepless nights or a boring lunch hour.

  • G33z3r
    2018-10-28 13:52

    The really excellent novella, an original tale starring a deeply flawed but somehow strangely likable character in engaging situation. Because of the nature of the story, it unfolds is a series of vignettes, with new characters quickly introduced, adding a small slice of their story, and then moving on. There are whole novels that can't limn characters as skillfully as Swirsky managers in a couple of pages. It's amazing how compelling the read is given the episodic nature, but the close of each sub-story left me wanting to read more of the main character's future.

  • Andreas
    2018-11-13 12:44

    Naeva - who's title is this fantasy novella's name-giver - is a powerful sorceress in a matriarchy - in her culture magic is indulged by poetry. She is murdered in the first couple of pages and bound to be summoned as a spirit. In that role she is resurrected through eons of short, but very different and phantastic situations. She experiences culture shock, love and betrayal.Her character is quite stubborn but likable. As short as the vignettes are, they nonetheless give a valid feeling about the setting and bind the reader to the situation. Every single part could be extended to a whole novel and I'd love to read more.Only the ending confused me somewhat in a Delany style.For a story, you could wish for nothing better and it is worthy of the Nebula novella award of 2011.

  • Erin Price
    2018-11-02 18:36

    What a lovely and haunting tale! It won a Nebula award and has been nominated for a Hugo. I hope it sees print in something other than a magazine. A look at immortality-of a sort-from the point of view of a sorceress from a strongly matriarchal society. That description doesn't really do it justice, though--go read it. It'll only take you an hour or so, and you won't regret it.

  • Kristin
    2018-11-05 18:50

    A story about women’s magic as it crosses the ages. I thought this was well executed and I liked how the main character was not what you would expect. While I’m not wild about the feminist aspect of this story, I still felt it was innovative and fresh.

  • Ken
    2018-11-05 15:49

    the writing is exquisite. Storyline is good

  • Gwen Nicodemus
    2018-10-18 11:35

    On some unknown world in an unknown time, the Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers was betrayed by her queen and a worm (man). In her time and kingdom, women ruled, men were worms, and an underclass of women were kept for breeding and they were called the brood.The Lady is betrayed and killed, but right before death her spirit is bound to earth. From then on, she can be conjured as people with magic call her.

  • Princessjay
    2018-10-29 12:53

    Beautiful. Densely, poetically written, a story of people who emerge alive from the page. Naeva emerges as a vivid character, a proud sorceress from a harsh & disciplined culture, who refused to change her ways as the aeons passes. Yet, she is nevertheless continuing to learn, and maybe to change after all.

  • Mekki
    2018-11-09 12:56

    Fantastic fantasy. I wanted to read more and i hope that the author expands on this one day.

  • Crystal Hilbert
    2018-11-07 14:35

    "The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen's Window" is haunting and hopeful, cruel and unapologetic. Above all, it is beautiful. It told me exactly who I wanted to be as an author and gave me permission to tell the kind of stories I want to tell. I cannot convey my love enough.

  • Isabel (kittiwake)
    2018-10-24 11:38

    “No, Naeva. You can still help the Queen. She’s given me the keystone to a spell—a piece of pure leucite, powerful enough to tug a spirit from its rest. If I blow its power into you, your spirit won’t sink into sleep. It will only rest, waiting for her summons.”Blood welled in my mouth. “I won’t let you bind me…”His voice came even closer, his lips on my ear. “The Queen needs you, Naeva. Don’t you love her?”Love: the word caught me like a thread on a bramble. Oh, yes. I loved the queen. My will weakened, and I tumbled out of my body. Cold crystal drew me in like a great mouth, inhaling.Lady Naeva is the queen's sorceress and lover living in a strange matrilineal society, in which women are split into women and the broods who bear their children, and men are known as worms. The reader finds out in the first sentence of the story that she is dead, andI most of the story concerns the eons after her death, as Naeva's spirit is conjured back into consciousness time and time again by magicians wanting to use her power. Firstly by the queen and her daughter, and then by strangers, women who have never heard of The Land of Flowered Hills, and unbelievably to her, a long succession of the despised men.It's a good story and I gradually realised that Naeva's attitudes were set in stone when she died. As a spirit she is unable to change, and forever thinks of men as worms, and when conjured into a body made of straw in a magic college thousands of years after her death, she will only teach the female students.

  • Dione Basseri
    2018-11-03 13:53

    At first, a story of love and betrayal, but so much more. The titular lady is a devoted servant of the queen of a country ruled only by women. She has helped in the conception of the queen's children, and would gladly give her life to the monarch. But, when she does, she finds that her life was more taken than given. Brought back to serve the queen in death, she strikes back. Banished then resummoned and banished again, the lady travels through the ages, seeing her kingdom fall, and many others rise and fall themselves, slowly changing her point of view on men, magic, and love.I can definitely see myself listening to this again (from the StarShipSofa). It's refreshing to find fantasy with such a female focus, but, at the same time, it analyzes Second Wave feminism, criticizing the narrator's hatred of men as being destructive across the ages, and even defied in some of her own actions.This truly deserves the Nebula award it won. If you have a chance, give it a read or listen.

  • {erika}
    2018-11-07 16:49

    I came across this story while doing research for my speculative fiction reader's advisory. The title so caught my eye that I researched it which led me to find the text and read the story in one sitting. A powerful narrative indeed.

  • Norman Cook
    2018-10-26 18:50

    A powerful magician from a female dominated society is enchanted to be resurrected over the millennia, encountering a variety of societies and people who would exploit her magic. An effective tale of love, betrayal, and redemption.

  • Frank
    2018-11-10 16:46

    I would not have been drawn to this story based on either the title or the cover art, but I read it based on another person's review on goodreads. Their review provided enough information to pique my interest without spoiling anything.

  • Danijel
    2018-11-15 18:55

    Unusual feministic fantasy...The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen's Window

  • Tacuazin
    2018-11-16 10:53

    This is the strange tale of a woman whose soul is kept with magic and summoned throughout millennia by a diversity of characters. It's an amazing display of imagination, at times lyrical, but most of the time plain weird.

  • Gautsho
    2018-10-24 17:34

    Natuke oli huvitav, aga rohkem ikka igav.Võimalik, et ma olin magamata ja siis kaks tassi kohvi joonud ja ei saanud maailma asjadest aru.

  • Kris Lou
    2018-10-24 10:55

    I'm pretty sure this gets my vote for 2011 Hugos - Best Novella. Sparkling, sparkling piece.

  • Joanna
    2018-11-07 11:54

    This is one of the most interesting and original things I have read in a long time.

  • Forrest Roy
    2018-11-16 13:48

    This is my first review in goodreads but I must hands down recommend this story. Tour de force. Wow. Brilliant.

  • Anabelee
    2018-10-26 15:26

    Its approaching to magic is not new but although interesting. At the end I have the feeling that this story is long for being a short; and needed a little bit more development.

  • Vera Maslow
    2018-11-04 16:54

    Interesting short story. I can see potential for some full novels here as I wanted to find out more of what was happening in the world the main character was summoned into.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-11 15:55

    Very talented writer.