Mountains of Green by Catherine Schaff-Stump

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Title: Mountains of Green
Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump
In: The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk (Sean Wallace)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Dieselpunk
Dates read: 23rd March 2020
Pace: Medium
Format: Short story
Publisher: Robinson
Year: 2015
5th sentence, 74th page: Surely, one of those Hakodate women would want something like this at a good price.

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She’s a thirteen year-old fighting to create her and her little brother a new life at the close of the war. But will she have to give up her morals and parts of her soul so that they can survive?


At the beginning of this story I had a kind of sick feeling in my stomach. As the story unfolded, that feeling grew. And then… the conclusion was reached. And the sick feeling left and I was actually incredibly happy with the way that the story ended. And the karma that was dealt out. There was such a great sense of poetic justice to this story. That I seriously, seriously appreciated.

This short story shone a light on the atrocities committed against the native populations throughout World War II and in the occupation afterwards. More specifically, it focuses on the survivors of Hiroshima and the ways in which they were preyed upon… in the case of this story, preyed upon by literally everyone. It left me with an uncomfortable, guilty feeling. But also made me seriously appreciate the story that I was reading.

There is a great little Dieselpunk twist at the end of this story. One that incorporates a little bit of mythology and magic. A little bit of karma and a lot of better feelings than what the story started with. A great short story, and a pleasant way to break up all of the work that I need to do.

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