The ideas that insects are built and not born, and that there is a track run by mechanical racehorses, lends a touch of steampunk to this sexually transmitted fantasy world. And while I appreciated CMV's imagination, the beautiful imagery that made this story worth reading, also threatened the progression of the plot-line. I appreciated the use of irony toward the end of the story as characters tracked each other down, as they began to piece together the key to entering Palimpsest, they each begin to think "I suffered, so So-n-So, could get in without suffering." A laughable idea. No one gets in unless they first suffer.This story is a tragedy with a setting as beautiful as it is monstrous, and capped off with a surprisingly cheery ending.
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