Short story: “The Dala Horse”

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“The Dala Horse,” by Michael Swanwick

Appeared on, July 13th, 2011; released as episode 418 of Escape Pod on October 18th, 2013

4,686 words

Nice, but I have to admit I was a little put off by the main character (I would hesitate to call her a protagonist). Her motivations are childishly capricious and therefore uninteresting. We don’t get to see her character grow in response to her traumatic experiences, so this doesn’t really count as a loss-of-innocence story. Günther is much easier to root for. I was glad he got a somewhat happy ending.