SUMMARYDark Fantasy short story. In China, an infant faerie is found by a toddler. Delighted, his peasant farmer parents see this as an opportunity to raise a second child despite China’s one-child Planned Birth Policy. They name the baby Ming Yue, meaning “Bright Moon”. She is precious and magical. As China begins its industrial revolution, waterways and rice paddies run red with pollution, farms...
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I reviewed three of Peake's short stories in a single review. Each of Peake's short stories I read shared some common qualities. They are well crafted, with the obvious story being interesting enough to draw you in and wonder how it will end. Each ha...
cer villages, and the baby faerie struggles to survive.Bright Moon was originally published on the literary blog, Glass Cases.Book Cover Art by Phatpuppy ArtREVIEWFrom Margaret Marr, Review on NightsAndWeekends.com:In a country where birthing more than one child is a crime punishable by fines and other harsher penalties, the Zhou family is reluctant to keep the unusual-looking infant girl that their son finds in the bushes near their home—but the child’s eyes shine so bright, they can’t resist her. They name her Ming Yue—meaning “Bright Moon.”As they work their small farm, they keep their eye out for government officials and nosy neighbors who might turn them in. Three months after Ming Yue’s arrival, they discover something astonishing about her. Around the same time, their land prospers, while other areas wither and die as the waters run red.This short fantasy delivers a subtle message about the dangers of big corporations leaving a path of death and destruction in their wake just to make a fortune. Still, Bright Moon delivers its message without being preachy, presenting the story in a fantastical approach that will easily hold your interest.Every detail about Bright Moon is vividly displayed, with a hint of mystery and danger. As you read, you’ll get caught up in the anxiety of wondering if Ming Yue will be discovered and the family punished. I especially liked how Ms. Peake blends the family together to make it a strong and loving character all by itself.With its atypical subject matter wrapped around a touching story that will make you stop and think about the world around you, Bright Moon sweeps along, capturing readers’ attention from the start. At the same time, though, it’s not heavy on the injustices forced on a population, which makes it a perfect companion for your noon-day meal.ABOUT THE AUTHORMarilyn Peake is the author of both adult and children’s literature. Her publications have received excellent reviews. Marilyn’s one of the contributing authors in BOOK: THE SEQUEL, published by The Perseus Books Group, with one of her entries included in serialization at THE DAILY BEAST. In addition, Marilyn has served as Editor of a number of anthologies. Her short stories have been published in seven anthologies and on the literary blog, GLASS CASES.AWARDS: Silver Award, two Honorable Mentions and eight Finalist placements in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, two Winner and two Finalist placements in the EPPIE Awards, and Winner of the Dream Realm Awards.