Short story: “The Dala Horse”
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“The Dala Horse,” by Michael Swanwick
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.