2. I wish that there hadn't been an error in my print copy of the book that meant two pages of this story were out of order and my having to hunt about when the story flashed forward unintentionally did not make my experience of the narrative an untroubled one.
THERE MAY BE SPOILERS - WORSE THERE MAY BE THINGS SAID WHICH SPOIL THE STORY - I WOULD SUGGEST READING IT FIRST AT
Still Life (A Sexagesimal Fairy Tale) by Ian Tregillis
A clockmaker in a place without time, falls in love with a man who doesn't age, though she does. She uses up her life trying to win his heart, and then to undo the harm she's done while trying to win his heart.
It's a classically formed fairy tale, with some neat images and ideas, and well written. I suspect a live-action movie would be epic, the written version certainly catches the heart and mind
A happy ending! (Unless the description of Time as a puppy makes you sad he can't win the girl... that's probably just me)
I'm not entirely sure how Tink ends up with Valentine, but her love for him was also pretty sudden and I probably shouldn't fight the happy ending (after so many complaints).
I could have done with this a little earlier, to cleanse the palate.