Inner Child (အင်းနားချိုင်း) by Tim is a pretty thin book with barely over 100 pages featuring six short stories in fantasy-fiction and sci-fi fiction. It is quite rare to find (for me at least) such genre in Burmese literature. I’ve only read a few in Science Magazine during my childhood. Could also be my lack of reading Burmese fantasy fiction since it is not my favourite genre.
It was an enchanting read. There’re three stories I really enjoyed and they are The Family, As Expected, and The Reason Being Not Suffice With the Current World. The Piper is an intriguing read, too, with a modern retelling. I like how The Family and Not Suffice With the Current World are the first and last stories of the book respectively. It’s like two devoted brother and sister embracing the remaining siblings. That’s quite an engaging arrangement.
What I also like to praise is that the writer put footnotes at the end of the stories and mentioned where he got the inspirations from. It is not an obligatory but that’s genuine of him to put his references. We know that almost all the creations in the world were referenced from someone’s work. An idea sparks whilst reading a book or hearing a speech or a song or could even be from an overheard conversations. Sometimes we reuse, borrow, remade or modify from those to create something new or even better.
These are quite compelling stories. However, I found some sentences were somewhat inarticulate. Or it could be just me asking for complexity every writing. Not every book has to be necessarily sophisticated, right? Anyway, reading this book was like a breath of fresh air in the midst of several dystopian stories I’ve read in the past months.