Made Things

Adrian Tchaikovsky
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Made Things


In yet another of the author's retellings of folk stories, this take on the E.T.A. Hoffmann story The Sandman and subsequent ballet Coppelia features a young woman who makes tiny automatons, and the way they are brought to life and become their own little race of people.

I found this story far more enjoyable than Walking to Aldebaran. Its length as a novella suits the depth of the story. I would have found a full-length novel more satisfying, but perhaps the author's judgment was wise in not trying to make more of the story than is supplied by its premise.

Recommended as a quick, enjoyable read.