When Phakack Came to Steal Papa, A Ti-Jean Story
Publication: On Spec
On Spec, the Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic, recently bought Ace Jordyn’s Canadian fable “When Phakack Came To Steal Papa, A Ti Jean Story” for publication. In my eight years as an acquisitions editor, I can’t remember buying a fable before, but Ann’s story was so different we had to buy it.
The concept was innovative. The tale was Canadian, not a rehashed variation of a European-based Brothers Grimm fairy tale. It had all the elements of a great folk tale, and while the style is recognizable as a fable, it is so much more than that. Themes that affect human beings transcend many cultures, and it was entirely refreshing to see the theme in Ti Jean set in a Canadian First Nations milieu. The main character, Ti Jean, is developed into a person we can all relate to. He’s not a cardboard cut-out with Euro roots, nor is he stereotypical.
The plot engages and the final outcome is not obvious. It was also extremely well-written both stylistically and technically. The story is fast paced and easily read and understood by many age groups, not just On Spec‘s usual science fiction and fantasy readers.
THE CANADIAN MAGAZINE OF THE FANTASTIC
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