Sweet to Tongue and Sound to Eye

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Sweet to Tongue and Sound to Eye is a story written by Ogiwara Saki and illustrated by neomeruru. It ran in Issue 32 at http://s2b2.livejournal.com/185427.html, and is mirrored at http://www.shousetsubangbang.com/mirror/sweet-to-tongue-and-sound-to-eye/.


From the author: "In which there are magicians in England, and James Wellesley does not know how to die."

From pinboard.in/u:jedusaur: "A dark story about a boy whose death is stolen by fairies."

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The artist, neomeruru, chose to provide a thumbnail for this story's illustration on account of its subject matter.

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External Reviews[edit]

When I read this story from S2B2 32, I just had to be sure that you all read it too. It is beautifully written and, though I am not a fan of fantasy tales, I fell for this one. If I tell you about it, I'm afraid I will spoil it. Doesn't that opening just draw you in...make you want to find out what the heck is going on? Oh, and the illustration has spoilers, so they have kindly made viewing optional. Go! Go on! Read it!
  • http://emmee-kay.livejournal.com/6403.html: "More Faery! More Victorian England, with bonus cruel/beautiful gentleman."
  • shadow-birds.tumblr.com: "FUCKING VICTORIAN MAGICIAN BOYFRIENDS. It’s one of those stories that’s haunting and reads like a song okay they’re my precious little whiteys."
  • pinboard.in: "Beautifully atmospheric and bittersweet story about a magician's pupil. Very reminiscent of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell and drawing on fairytale traditions."
  • pinboard.in: "James Wellesley, a young gentleman in the English countryside, is known to have been fey-touched from his youth. He does not feel entirely human, and this is because he is deathless. ... Very Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (which, if you have not read, you should), with all the Britishisms and the almost surreal matter-of-factness the characters have with magic. The ending is ambiguous, which I rarely like, but in this story I find delightful."
  • delicious.com: "Susanna Clarke-esque. Deathless young man and his tutor in magic. Love the dynamic between them. A thing of beauty and a joy forever."