Title: In Lieu of a Thank You
Author: Gwynne Garfinkle
In: The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk (Sean Wallace)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Dieselpunk, Strong women
Dates read: 5th May 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: Clearly he wasn’t expecting such a response.
He thinks that he deserves thanks and recognition for saving his fiance. But she has other ideas…
At the beginning of this story, I knew that things would be a little bit different than expected. Or at least, that’s how it seemed to me. She’s saying you should be thanked, but it kind of comes across as incredibly angry and sarcastic. The spitfire attitude of the woman made me immediately like her. Her slightly tenacious and sarcastic ways in which she recounts those moments are in very much the tone that I would use for a moron (which I’m assuming her fiancé is) and I love that she eventually rides off into the sunset alone.
Any story that focuses on the power of women and their ability to be strong, independent and smart is immediately going to get my attention. Featuring a woman who is in an era where women aren’t supposed to be anything more than arm candy is always a nice way to juxtapose this mentality. Her admittance throughout and frustration that she was only ever meant to be a blonde on her future husbands arm hits close to the heart for many, many women. Which means that I loved how she was able to find her own happily ever after… with her mind and intelligence for company.