Title: In Her Head, In Her Eyes
Author: Yukimi Ogawa
Published: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Book Smugglers Publishing
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
As this is a piece of short fiction, and I find it difficult to provide a synopsis that doesn’t inadvertently spoil some of the key elements of this story, I’m going to post the book blurb:
Trills of silver, quiver of gold.
Pot Head, they called her. Heavy-head, they teased her. In a noble house of dye masters, Island-born Hase is an outcast, ridiculed by her fellow servants and employers – all because of the smooth, reflective sphere that covers her head. Little does the household know that Hase has a mission and a purpose, carried behind her pot-covered head, in her impenetrable eyes.
Talk about intriguing, this one. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I started, but I was pleasantly surprised. Yukimi Ogawa has created a very rich and dynamic work here that comes to life in a short amount of space. There are some unexpected twists that keep the reader engaged and allow one to get a better understanding of the characters based on their actions and intent. This one has secured itself a place on my Hugo nominations ballot.