Book Review – The Binding by Bridget Collins

 

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This book is absolutely spell-binding, in so many ways!

It follows the story of Emmett, a farmer’s son who is summoned to be an apprentice for a binder – a woman who removes people’s most terrible memories and binds those memories into a book, which she then locks away in a vault to protect them forever.

Emmett isn’t entirely certain why he’s been called to do such a task, and finds that people view the ‘job’ of binding as either helpful, or terrible. Books themselves are seen as terrible things, because each one is the genuine memories of a person, who can no longer access those memories themselves, and generally people only go to a Binder because their memories are so terrible they can barely live under the weight of them.

But then the binder dies, and Emmett discovers one of the books in her vault has his name on it.

What was so awful he chose to have it’s memory wiped from his mind forever?

There is so much to love about this story, but I feel that to share those snippets might give away some of the storyline, and one of the things I loved was how the story took a turn I wasn’t really expecting  beforehand, and how beautiful that storyline turned out to be.

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review: The River Wife by Heather Rose

 

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This story has been on my ‘To Read’ list for such a long time, and I’m so glad I finally got to read it.

It’s a beautiful love story/folk tale of a River Wife – fish by night, human by day – her human father, and the human man she falls in love with.

The River Wife has no name: “I have found in the naming of things, something happens,” she tells the human, Wilson James.

“There are times now in the forest when a flower appears, berries grow, a certain fungus blooms, and if I name it I can pass it by as if I have seen it already. I do not want to pass it by… The bark of each tree has a pattern that is unique, a constellation of small creatures and plants which grow there and make it home, and it may have a neighbour which stands also in bark of a similar cloth, but it is not the same because its name is the same.”

The River Wives have always lived in this river, and this particular River Wife has been here for many many years – so many years that her human father  has turned into a tree so that he will always be nearby.

“My father once said that any story of a place was a story of sadness, because everything changed. So a story of belonging would always be a story of losing.”

She’s warned against humans by her father, and she does try to resist the lure of Wilson James for a while, but she’s curious, too. He shouldn’t be able to see her, for she exists across a veil that humans cannot cross, but he can. How?

In the end her curiosity proves the better of her, and she succumbs to meeting him, and ever so gradually reveals the truth about herself.

But then something happens to Wilson James, and the River Wife has to make a dangerous journey to find the oldest ones and see if they can save him.

 

“‘What do hearts get mended with? ‘

‘Sunshine, kindness, the touch of your child’s hand in yours, spring rain, the green wings of dragonflies, rainbow scales, the webs of spiders, the voice of a woman who loves you.'”

 

Six Sentence Sunday – Published Stories #3

My third story for this series is called ‘One’ and was published on Free Flash Fiction’s website in August of this year.

Freya watched as they slept. Their bodies moving as muscles stretched and relaxed, rolling and turning to shift their weight from one side to another, always in the other’s embrace.

“They move together,” she whispered to no one in particular.

“I see.”

She turned; surprised another should be so near. “Father, I…”

 

‘One’ is a fantasy flash fiction, about the Norse Gods and their decision to end the world.

To see how this story ends visit: http://www.freeflashfiction.com/index.php/stories/science-fiction-and-fantasy/one-by-heather-jensen/

More Stories by Me

Today I have had two more stories published!

“One” at http://www.freeflashfiction.com/index.php/stories-artwork/science-fiction-and-fantasy/one-by-heather-jensen/

One is a flash fiction – just over 400 words. It is a fantasy, telling the story of the Norse God’s desire to destroy the world and start again and Freya’s attempt to save it.

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“Sanctuary” at http://www.fivestopstory.com/read/story.php?storyId=3157 (If you like this one, you can click the blue heart at the bottom!) 🙂

Sanctuary is a little different to my more recent writing. I wrote Sanctuary about 5 years ago, at a guess, and while looking through my old work thought it would be a good length to submit to the Five Stop Story monthly competition. I gave it a quick edit, but was not confident that it would receive an award of any sort – so the Honorary Mention was most unexpected!