Skip to main content

“Unwrapping” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

“Unwrapping” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

This story come from the anthology “Firebirds Rising” edited by Sharyn November.

This is one of those stories that I read and decide to just go with it.  Not sure exactly where the story is taking me and what direction I’m heading in.

It follows a young girl, Brenna, and her friend, Nadia.  There is a Halloween dance at school that night and Nadia is keeping her costume a secret.  After they dress up Brenna in her mummy costume, it’s time for Nadia’s big unvailing.

This story talks a lot of friendship and what friendship means.  It delves into how friends become friends and to a certain extent different levels of friendship.  Brenna becomes Nadia’s best friend because she is different, and unique.  Brenna listens to what people, or Nadia, have to say.  She genuinely listens and gives honest answers.

I think that people in general have friends of different levels and this story does a good job talking about the relationship between friends.  People seek out someone they can trust and someone they know they can count on when the time comes.  Nadia gives the prime example of this during the story.  She knows she can trust Brenna and proves it by giving her a secret that no one else know about her.

Nadia turns out to be a dimensional being, or possibly a demon.  It isn’t exactly clear, but what is known is that Nadia decides she know Brenna well enough to trust her with her most precious secret.  Brenna knowing that this is quite a secret among friends isn’t quite sure what to do.  So she does what friends do and goes with the flow.  Doesn’t let her “new” friend phase her and they just go about their day like any other day.

I like this story because I think it talks about the true nature of friendship.  True friends stick by each other come hell or high water.  This is demonstrated very well during the story.  The writing was good and flowed smoothly.


Popular posts from this blog

"Red Card" by S.L. Gilbow

"Red Card" by S.L. Gilbow
This story comes from the anothology "Brave New Worlds" edited by John Joseph Adams.
This story had an interesting concept.  A government program in Merry Valley gives anonymous and random red cards to some of the residents.  A government issued revolver is also given along with the red card.  These red cards entitle the carrier of the card to become what is known as an "enforcer." 
An enforcer gets to kill one person of their choosing for any reason.  They can kill with impunity, but must follow the laws and guidelines of the program to not get in trouble.  As long as the guidelines are followed there are no repercussions

"Extraction Request" by Rich Larson

"Extraction Request" by Rich Larson
This story comes from the anthology "The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Vol. 2" edited by Neil Clarke.
This is a story about a squad leader, named Elliot, and his squad.  Elliot is the squad leader of the team that was flying through the air of the planet.  He is also the squad leader addicted to pain killers.  Although he tries to hide this fact from his squad many of them notice the changes in him.  He's not fooling anyone.
The squad wasflying through the air of a planet when they hit a smart mine and went down.  The planet was covered in large swathes of fungi.  Fields of it for miles.  Small amounts of flora, but pretty much just the fungi all around them.
They went down pretty hard, but with only one casualty.  Beasley was pretty much sheared in half, but still coherent.  He sent out a ripple to the squad.  Each squad member saw the flash of light on their optic visor that allowed them an up or down vote on whe…

"Under Cover of Darkness" by Christopher Golden

"Under Cover of Darkness" by Christopher Golden
This story comes from the collection "Tell My Sorrows To The Stones" written by Christopher Golden.
This story started out following a national guardsman, Carl Weston, waiting in a trench.  We aren't sure what he is waiting for yet, but we find out he is "babysitting" one of the new guardsman, Brooksy.  Soon we find out the National Guard is working with Border Patrol on the Mexican Border.
The Border Patrol had intel that there was a cartel running illegals across the borders and making them smuggle cocaine at the same time.  A double bonus for the cartel.  The Border Patrol setup an operation to stop this shipment of drugs and illegals crossing the border withthe National Guard backing them up.
Soon illegals crossed the border from Mexico into the United States carrying backpacks full of drugs.