Overall I really liked this issue. I thought the interview with Alyssa Wong was great and the poetry was better than other issues. A lot of these stories had a horror or unsettling vibe which I loved.
Here are my ratings for the stories:
You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay by Alyssa Wong – I really enjoyed the relationship between Marisol and Ellis in this short story. Their relationship was complicated in a good way that allowed them to be extremely close friends. I thought the magic in the story was highly imaginable.
Ye Highlands and Ye Lowlands by Seanan McGuire – I thought this would make an excellent movie if it was expanded some. I think it gave me an Arrival feel because it had to do with linguistics.
The Drowning Line by Haralambi Markov – I am definitely feeling the eerie feeling that this issue has done and this short really built upon that feeling
The Plague Gives by Kameron Hurley – I enjoyed this Hurley story quite a bit but it was missing something. I felt like it was very similar to a quest line in a video game. It was good, just didn’t blow me away.
The Sound of Salt and Sea by Kat Howard – I just didn’t connect to this story much.
The Blood That Pulses in the Veins of One by JY Yang – I DNF’d this story due to the cannibalism elements.
Diversity: More Than White Women by Foz Meadows