Fup is a novella that reminds me why I don’t like most short stories. Short stories and novellas so often half-develop characters and then throw them into a situation where you have to pretend to understand their motivations, which are inevitably unexpected or unrelatable, culminating in a deeply unsatisfying lack of conclusion or consequence.
Fup begins as a disjointed story with folktale-esque characters in underwhelming circumstances that never really change. It isn’t terrible but fails to draw you in. The story is redeemed through the introduction of the title character, a duck with strong human traits and charisma. There are several scenes surrounding Fup that are genuinely funny and make the story worth reading. If the it were any longer, the duck might not be able to carry it.
Would I read more by the author? Eh. Likely not, although I don’t feel like I wasted my time with this one.