Come on - with a title like that, how could I not?!
I went into Charlie Jane Anders' short story expecting it to be bonkers - and I got that in spades - but what came as a pleasant surprise was how fully realised the world was, and how clever the voice is. A lot of people try to blend fantasy and modern genres together (such as in this story, which centres around the happenings of a bar for supernatural beings), but this story not only manages to effortlessly sidestep the sometime awkwardness that comes with the arch and the naturalistic colliding, but does it with a knowing wink and a genuine love for the the modern fairytale.
"I am forever exiled, for my own foolishness. Now please ask no more questions, for I have tasted your sangria and I'm afraid my tears would sting you most viciously."
A lot of writers use fairytales and supernatural creatures as a jumping-off point for their stories, but it's rare to find one so affectionate, so fun, and so well-written as this. Everything about Anders' monsterous characters makes sense in the story; nothing is there simply to justify an amazing title. I don't know if there are any other stories set in this universe, but it is one that I would very much like to visit again.
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