Please Undo This Hurt

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Please Undo This Hurt

Please Undo This Hurt Original Fiction Short Story Contemporary Fantasy Fantasy Ever feel like you care too much After a breakup after the funeral it feels like the way to win at life is to care the least That s not an

  • Title: Please Undo This Hurt
  • Author: Seth Dickinson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 238
  • Format: ebook
  • Original Fiction, Short Story, Contemporary Fantasy, Fantasy Ever feel like you care too much After a breakup, after the funeral it feels like the way to win at life is to care the least That s not an option for Dominga, an EMT who cares too much, or her drinking buddy Nico, who just lost his poor cat Life hurts They drink They talk Nico s tired of hurting people.Original Fiction, Short Story, Contemporary Fantasy, Fantasy Ever feel like you care too much After a breakup, after the funeral it feels like the way to win at life is to care the least That s not an option for Dominga, an EMT who cares too much, or her drinking buddy Nico, who just lost his poor cat Life hurts They drink They talk Nico s tired of hurting people He wants out Not suicide, not that he d just hurt everyone who loves him But what if he could erase his whole life Undo the fact of his birth Wouldn t Dominga be having a better night, right now, if she didn t have to take care of him And when Dominga finds a way to do just that, when she is gifted or armed with a terrible cosmic mercy, she still cares enough to say I am not letting him have this I am not letting Nico go without a fight Edited by Marco PalmieriCover art by Wesley Allsbrook

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    1. karen on said:

      the problem is caring too much, caring so much you can’t ask for help because everyone else is already in so much painother beautiful kick in the heart from toris one is an examination of pain and compassion and damage and the guilt that comes from being a feeling person with the potential to hurt others's not a perfect story - it's a bit navel-gazing and meandering, but the parts that are good are so good, whether it be flouncy poetic descriptions:The water’s late-autumn cold, the kind of c [...]

    2. Althea Ann on said:

      Since 'The Traitor Baru Cormorant' was one of my absolute favorite books of the year, I'm not at all surprised that this short story was also excellent. As someone who despises 'It's a Wonderful Life,' I liked it even more. Through an interaction between two friends, Dickinson explores the irony that life is harder for those who make life more bearable. It's also those who are more compassionate who are more likely to have compunctions about hurting those around them by contemplating suicide. Bu [...]

    3. Kels on said:

      I can't really say that I enjoyed this wholeheartedly. Certainly there were some interesting, and even emotionally gripping moments, but overall the writing was too inconsistent and uneven. This short falls well, short, and failed to truly move me.

    4. Ellen Gail on said:

      Interesting and intimately exhausting. I don't really know if I liked it, but there was a certain fascination in the language that kept me reading. I certainly didn't dislike it.Except for the dead cat. Poor kitty. =(

    5. Amy (Other Amy) on said:

      Isn’t it a little like cartography? Meeting lovely people, mapping them, racing to find their hurts before they can find yours—getting use from them, squeezing them dry, and then striking first, unilaterally and with awful effect, because the alternative is waiting for them to do the same to you. These are the rules, you didn’t make them, they’re not your fault. So you might as well play to win.Is there a balance a person can ever find wherein life can be lived unselfishly? Is love ever [...]

    6. Jon Adams on said:

      Emotionally compelling short stories aren't that common. This is one.

    7. Jasper on said:

      Originally posted at: thebookplank/2015Now this is a powerful story. My interest was drawn actually by Seth Dickinson's name. I know his The Traitor has gotten a lot of praise, I also have the copy awaiting a review, in the meantime I thought to read this story. And wow, what an emotional ride. The story picks up with both Dominga and her friend Nico having a conversation in a bar. It quickly comes to show that Nico has a lot of problems in life, mostly with himself and his self acceptance, but [...]

    8. Chris on said:

      Solid story about pain, compassion, and depression. We all find reasons to keep on living. Or don't. If you were in constant emotional pain and there were a way to remove yourself from existence, like It's a Wonderful Life but without Clarence going around showing how much worse off everyone would be without you, would you do it? If you could absent yourself from existence without hurting those left behind? Reading this reminded me to two quotes that have stuck with me from very different source [...]

    9. Kinsey_m on said:

      I am unsure whether this is enigmatic or simply annoying. I would re-title it as "The narcissist and his co-dependant". I'm not sure if this is what the author was aiming at, but this is how it read to me. The moment Nico says: "No, you go first", I was really hoping Dominga (the protagonist) would finally snap out of it.On another level, and althoug I know this will sound very juvenile, Spanish is my second language, and at least where I live Dominga (or the plural domingas) is slang for tits, [...]

    10. Paul on said:

      From: tor/2015/09/16/please-A story about break ups, caring too much, seeing your ex with someone else, work pressure, suicidal thoughts, meeting someone else, what it means to have a connection with someone, and many other things. The biggest take away for me is the idea that people in this imaginary world could basically erase their lives from everyone else. The ones that couldn't take caring so desperately for others anymore choose to instead to erase themselves. Thus the only people that are [...]

    11. Marco on said:

      Dominga is an EMT who cares too much, and her friend Nico, that just lost his cat and broke up (again) with his girlfrind. Life hurts. Nico's tired of hurting people. He wants out. Not suicide, not that, he'd just hurt everyone who loves him. But what if he could erase his whole life? Undo the fact of his birth? Wouldn't Dominga be having a better night, right now, if she didn't have to take care of him?

    12. Zachariah Carlson on said:

      I'm not much for reading about people's emotional weariness, but the little tangle of affection between the two main characters which kept them both from calling out was nice.

    13. Ines on said:

      The world hurts so much because we care too much, even when we tell ourselves we really don't. Especially then. And sometimes, I feel like like I'd need that phone number for burnout, too. But I'm not a complete cynic yet. There are still things I WANT to care about.

    14. Annye on said:

      This was a bit slow to start but the final conversation was *so worth it* - especially since it's a ~10 minute read. Beautiful prose and a real punchy climax.

    15. Marwa on said:

      Read it here:tor/2015/09/16/please-A few quotes to think about:"So much hurt to try to heal. And the healing hurts too much.""Tired of doing hurt, and tired of taking it. Tired of the great cartographic project. Isn’t it a little like cartography? Meeting lovely people, mapping them, racing to find their hurts before they can find yours—getting use from them, squeezing them dry, and then striking first, unilaterally and with awful effect, because the alternative is waiting for them to do the [...]

    16. Melissa Rochelle on said:

      This is an absolute heart-breaker of a short story. I just wanted to give Dominga and Nico a hug, but also wanted to tell them "I UNDERSTAND." And this:He makes an excited gesture, pointing to an idea. But his eyes are still fixed on the mirror surface of the table, and when he sees himself his jaw works. “What if his angel said, Oh, you’ve done more harm than good; but we all do, that’s life, those are the rules, there’s just more hurt to go around. Why couldn’t he, I forget his name, [...]

    17. Jaffa Kintigh on said:

      The psychology of depression is often one of a person mired in their own dark fantasy. The fantasy of the mind is a powerful thing, not to be underestimated.This tale follows Dominga, an EMT on the verge of burn out from "caring too much." She's also not over the last guy she broke up with and falling for an equally self-deprecating Nico who seems to want to cut ties to everything and everyone without ramifications. Their relationship rides the line of enabling each other in their respective dys [...]

    18. Balaram Briant on said:

      An interesting story for Tor, in that the 'speculative' or fantastic element seems lacking; in fact it only appears at the very end, and even then as more of an idea of magic than magic itself. So for the most part this reads like literary fiction or slice-of-life, about a Latina paramedic trying to move on after her boyfriend breaks up with her.It's a good story. I certainly liked it. If you're looking for one of the more exciting stories Tor has to offer, though, this isn't it. So just keep th [...]

    19. Holly the Infinite Book Dragon on said:

      The world’s a cold place and it’ll break your heart. You’ve got to trust in the possibility of good.This was a lovely, enigmatic short story. Filled with hurt, longing, nostalgia. With loneliness & compassion.Haven't we all felt like erasing ourselves from existence, from memory, at one point or another?

    20. Maryam on said:

      Don't read this if you are depressed. Or maybe do.This was very good and powerful. I think I may have to read everything Dickinson wrote (and will write).

    21. Jessika on said:

      I was confused by this book I didn't really like it. It was hard to keep reading.

    22. Marina on said:

      “The problem is caring too much, caring so much you can’t ask for help because everyone else is already in so much pain.”era uma vez um coração.

    23. Jennifer on said:

      I understood this great story and yet didn't understand it. The caterpillar? The game? I'm going to have to revisit.

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