Review of The Fox’s Tower and Other Tales by Yoon Ha Lee

25733384The Fox’s Tower & Other Tales by Yoon Ha Lee. ★★★★

The Fox’s Tower & Other Tales is a collection of beautifully elegant flash fiction stories. Each of these stories can be read in less than five minutes, and the majority have the feel of a fairy tale, even if they are not straight forward retellings.

While the formats are very different, the quality of the stories reminds me of Valente’s In the Night Garden for the gorgeous prose and the female characters who reside outside of their normal fairy tale positions. There were also a number of stories with queer characters, which even include some with nonbinary characters.

If you want to get a feel for the sort of stories offered in this collection, the vast majority of these forty tales are available for free on the author’s website. I would particularly recommend “The Virtues of Magpies,” about a community with some trickster magpies who prove helpful in the end, and “The Youngest Fox,” the story of an nontraditional shape shifting fox who prefers science to seduction.

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