Title: The Dreaming Wind
Author: Jeffrey Ford
In: The Coyote Road (Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Tricksters
Dates read: 11th October 2019
Format: Short story
Publisher: Firebird Fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: In the southern corner, rows of folding chairs had been set up facing a slightly raised, makeshift stage that was formed from the wooden pallets where the town’s brickmakers stacked their wares.
Every year the dreaming wind blows through town and wreaks havoc. Yet, when they finally stop blowing, the people realise that there’s just not much to live for without the dreaming.
I liked the way that this story used dreams and insanity to construct a story full of tricksters and change. Mostly, I love the imagery of change being bought by the wind. After all, trickster stories are about change and balance, the wind is often something that brings new things into our lives… all weaved together in a beautiful, stunning tapestry.
Although I loved the idea of the “dreaming wind”, I found the cause of it even sweeter. Taking the essence of an old fairy tale, and turning her magical enchantment into the reason for all the weird happenings in the town was incredibly clever. I liked that there was just a hint of another story woven into the tale, enough to make you feel intrigued, but not an outright secondary tale.
The Dreaming Wind is a fun, quaint and entertaining short story. It’s a great reminder that imagination and dreams are so incredibly important. And something that is impossible to live without.