Review: Where the Trains Turn

Where the Trains Turn: A Tor.Com OriginalWhere the Trains Turn: A Tor.Com Original by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This curious, genre-defying novella skirts the edges of supernatural fantasy, and psychological horror-thriller. It doesn’t end how one will expect, and that’s a good thing as the reader stays as clueless as the narrator Emma Nightingale.

Emma prides herself on avoiding fiction and over-imagination. But her son, Rupert, challenges her on this issue in so many ways.

Meanwhile, trains have managed to take away much in Emma’s life. And obsession with trains, just as much. Her son’s obsession with trains could ruin her . . .

I liked this story–by the end, and where it ends. The getting there was tedious however. The language and expression is strained, stilted and stale. But this is a translated piece from Finnish and so I don’t know where the tone initiates. In Finland, this novella won ample awards deservedly.

Where the Trains Turn appears in The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas: 2015 edited by Paula Guran and published by Prime Books. It first appeared in Tor.com, November 19, 2014 (translated by Liisa Rantalaiho).
 
 
 
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