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Other Media / Her Mother's Ghosts by Theodora Goss
« on: August 02, 2008, 02:16:14 pm »
"Her Mother's Ghosts" by Theodora Goss, Clarkesworld Magazine #23 (2008), first published in the author's short story collection "The Rose in Twelve Petals" (Small Beer Press, 2004)

A powerful account of the visions and memories that haunt a family who escaped from Hungary in 1956.

Other Media / Ki Do (The Way of the Trees) by Sarah Thomas
« on: April 24, 2008, 02:09:20 pm »
Ki Do (The Way of the Trees) by Sarah Thomas - Strange Horizons 31 March 2008

A lovely, evocative story about pain and longing and bonsai trees.

Other Media / When the Black Bird Circles Back - Greg van Eekhout
« on: April 08, 2004, 10:07:54 am »
"When the Black Bird Circles Back" by Greg van Eekhout (Ideomancer, March 2004)

Two societies survive in the desert, the peace between them kept through an "arrangement" of ritual murder. The theme of cowardice masquerading as courage comes through strongly, despite a somewhat thin plot and weak characterisation (except for Doc Gish), and the barren setting is brilliantly evoked.

Other Media / The Plum Blossom Lantern - Richard Parks
« on: April 08, 2004, 09:17:37 am »
"The Plum Blossom Lantern" by Richard Parks (Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet #12)

Michiko is on her way to visit her lover, Hiroi. But Michiko is a demon, and her attentions are killing the young man. A monk tries to intervene... This is a quiet story about the transience of life, beautifully written and with a wealth of cultural detail.

Other Media / Cerbera - Alexander Glass
« on: February 02, 2004, 10:10:17 pm »
"Cerbera" by Alexander Glass (Scheherazade #24)

This is a sensitive retelling of Orpheus' attempt to rescue Eurydice from Hades, with Orpheus cast as a modern-day slide guitarist. The story is told from the point of view of Cerberus, the fierce three-headed dog who fails in his duty of guarding the gate. Lucid prose captures perfectly the haunting tones of slide blues, and occasional gentle humour keeps the sentiment in check.

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