I've been a huge fan of Ms. Derr's for a while now. And I think this collection is just further proof of her genius. She's able to infuse more joy and magic and hope into a story that can't be more than 1,000 words than some authors can in 100,000.
All of these short-short stories were beautiful. With perfectly happy endings for characters who perfectly deserved them. There were several I'd love to see in a longer form, but getting to read them at all was a delight.Some Favorite QuotesIt is easy, in the glory of slaying a great dragon, to forget that not everyone needs a dragon slain.
So he went to war and was gone many years. He returned home sadder, quieter, with many honors and badges that did not make up for all he has lost.
He supposed if he was going to dream, he may as well make it as hopeless as possible. What was the point, after all, in dreaming small?