Monday, May 26, 2014
The Ink Readers of Doi Saket
I rather enjoyed the first story of Heuvelt's that I read, The Boy Who Cast No Shadow. This one, The Ink Readers of Doi Saket, not quite so much. It's written as a very light and fun tale, set in Thailand in order to allow a sort of quaint rendering where everyone has a nickname and a descriptive adjective that follows them everywhere. But that's not the point of the story. The people of Doi Saket grant wishes as part of an annual festival. But Tangmoo does not wish for anything--apparently having achieved enlightenment. The story rolls along in a droll sort of way, with various coincidences described in that quaint dialect. I was perhaps too tired when I read it, but just couldn't get into it. Two stars, but you might like it.