Margo Lanagan. The Mulberry Boys. (The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2012)

Originally in : Blood and Other Cravings.

I’ve a fondness for Lanagan’s stories, as they tend to a darkness and an exploration of the underbelly of fantasy/sf that other’s tend to leave alone. And she doesn’t disappoint here.

In a remote forest, the families in a small village have been making money from silk – but the source of that silk….

We follow a young man from the village as he sees exactly what happens as part of this process, treated with virtual contempt by the well-dress city-dweller whom he has been tasked to help find a Mulberry Boy. It’s like The Hobbit/LoTR should be, none of that Tom Bombadil nonny-nonny queen of the elf stuff!

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