The Orangery

The Orangery I d held my position as guardian of the Orangery for twenty years when our first intruder broke his way in through the stone wall I walked among the Orangery watching for roots reaching up from the s

  • Title: The Orangery
  • Author: Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 349
  • Format: ebook
  • I d held my position as guardian of the Orangery for twenty years when our first intruder broke his way in through the stone wall.I walked among the Orangery, watching for roots reaching up from the soil like begging hands These trees I d oblige with stream water poured from a basin of pure gold Then I walked the path with my great pair of shears From the words of my anI d held my position as guardian of the Orangery for twenty years when our first intruder broke his way in through the stone wall.I walked among the Orangery, watching for roots reaching up from the soil like begging hands These trees I d oblige with stream water poured from a basin of pure gold Then I walked the path with my great pair of shears From the words of my ancestors, I knew to hold the shears poised at my own heart as I went, so as not to frighten the trees and set them about producing their poison If a tree wished to be trimmed, she would rattle her branches I trimmed until she stopped her shaking.

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    1. This novelette, free online here at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, is a 2017 Nebula award nominee. Review first posted at Fantasy Literature: This Greek mythology-inspired novelette alternates between the voices of two nameless narrators. The first, the guardian of the Orangery, lives a solitary life, caring for and protecting the trees that are in her keeping, who were once human women. The trees’ startled shrieking one day warns her of an intruder: Apollo has come, searching for Daphne, whom he st [...]

    2. A walled orchard is filled with trees that were once women, all those who opted for tree form rather than submit to the lusts of Greek gods. (Stufflebeam has accurately noticed that this happens rather a lot in Classical mythology.) The orangery is guarded by a lone, celibate woman sworn to protect the trees. Her job is cut out for her when Apollo shows up, demanding to be led to the tree that was once his 'favorite' - a woman that wanted no part of him when she was flesh, and certainly wants no [...]

    3. The story is told by two narrators, both connected to the same place, the Orangery, a special natural preserve that shelters women that escaped from the abuse of men, turning into trees. One of the narrator is the guardian, living a life of solitude and isolation at the center of the orangery. The other narrator is the guide, bringing new people every day among the verdant residents. I liked the story, I liked how it borrows elements from the Greek mythology, and how they are used as allegories [...]

    4. A striking story about predatory men and the choices women make to escape them, told through the framework of Greek myth.This worked really well for me. Will be seeking out more by the author.

    5. First Line:“I’d held my position as guardian of the Orangery for twenty years when our first intruder broke his way in through the stone wall.”This is an interesting take on the Apollo and Daphne myth. But it’s not just that, the story has a much wider scope. The Orangery is a Nebula novelette finalist. (view spoiler)[The Good:The scenery - I liked the whole concept of something like an arboretum of trees that were once human. The Portrayal of Apollo - From Apollo being a Lumberjack to b [...]

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