Midnight Express by Michael Swanwick

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Title: Midnight Express
Author: Michael Swanwick
In: Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers (Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Lust
Dates read: 12th Februrary 2020
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: EOS
Year: 1998
5th sentence, 74th page: Phew!

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His job is to travel across the fae dimensions to find and work with new clients. On his first trip out, he finds an intriguing fae female who manages to tick all of the right buttons.


The set up for this short story is brilliant. The entire thing is a two-way conversation between the would-be lovers. And then the lovers during the act. It’s not only able to describe what is going on between the characters, but also the world that is built up in this story. It’s amazing how such a unique structure creates a wonderful story that lingers long after you turn the final page.

Pretty sure that in this story, the female lover is a sphinx. Which is something I just don’t want to imagine… a sphinx and a human. It’s more than a little weird, and it’s definitely got a totally different “flavor” going on. It really doesn’t sound like a very fun romp in the sheets. Especially when she has to ask you a riddle each time… and that defines whether you live or die.

This short story is kind of insane and intense. In all of the best ways possible. But still kind of insane and intense. There is just something a little bit wow about it all. Taking a totally different approach, creating a storyline around it and just twisting all of your expectations. That is definitely what I would call an intense short story.

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