I should have tried something else as my first Peter Straub because this just didn’t work for me at all. The serial killer points of view were alright but the background stories were extremely confusing and might make more sense if I read the books about this killer beforehand.
“Sun, Moon, Dust” – Ursula Vernon – Good
“Origins” – Carlos Hernandez – Nope
“Read Before Use” – Chinelo Onwualu – Good
“Making the Magic Lightning Strike Me” – John Chu – Great
“Paradox” – Naomi Kritzer – Meh
“Notes from Liminal Spaces” – Hiromi Goto – Nope
“Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time” – K.M. Szpara – OK
The Mimi Mondel essay was amazing.
A decent contemporary fiction about a woman getting over her divorce by joining a book club and another storyline about her daughter’s fight with drug addiction in France. I liked that this book was a book about books basically because I’m a sucker for those. Everything ends up very convenient and too neat in this story but it was a decent read. I listened to it on audiobook and the narrator was great.
Video review: https://youtu.be/gyjCZvmLhsw?t=1m9s
A great self-help and self-grounding book that reminds us how to act as adults and citizens in every area of our lives.
N. K. Jemisin- “Henosis” – OK
Fran Wilde- “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” – Nope
C. S. E. Cooney- “Though She Be But Little” – Nope
Catherynne M. Valente- “Down and Out in R’lyeh” – Meh
Vina Jie-Min Prasad- “Fandom for Robots” – Great
Delia Sherman- “At Cooney’s” – Good
Malinda Lo- “Ghost Town” – Good
Video review: https://youtu.be/ovbeE5dtD6k?t=35s
Original Sci-fi: Timothy Mudie (“An Ever-Expanding Flash of Light”) One of my favorite stories this year. Amazing
Giovanni De Feo (“Ugo”) – Great
reprints by Marissa Lingen (“Blue Ribbon”) – Great
Genevieve Valentine (“Carthago Delenda Est”) – Flew over my head
Original fantasy by Jaymee Goh (“The Last Cheng Beng Gift”) – Was OK
Tony Ballantyne (“A Pound of Darkness, a Quarter of Dreams”) – Good
reprints by Tamsyn Muir (“The Magician’s Apprentice”) – Good
Tobias Buckell (“Shoggoths in Traffic”). – Good
Reprint of the novella “Near Zennor,” by Elizabeth Hand – Good
Great issue. Video Review: https://youtu.be/zKfD6sZ__kY?t=17s