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2013 Stories 5 and 6

5. SUBLETTING GOD'S HEAD by Tom Piccirilli, from Dark Faith: Invocations, edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon.   A strong start to the second DF anthology from Apex Publications. Piccarilli's irreverent tone at the start morphs into something more serious as the story progresses; he takes what could be considered now stereotypical urban-hipster snark and uses it to develop a character I came to care about by the end. This is not to say the story has a necessarily "happy" ending, but it does have a satisfactory one. He leaves one question unanswered, and I'm sure it was to drive home a point (which could have been "in real life, we don't always get answers to all of our questions," or perhaps "God has a bastardly sense of humor." Either take makes sense to me).

6. THE CANCER CATECHISM by Jay Lake, from Dark Faith: Invocations.  I didn't think Jay Lake could destroy my emotional balance any more than he did with his short novel THE SPECIFIC GRAVITY OF GRIEF, which is also about battling colon cancer. This is the second time Jay has managed to make me cry on an airplane. "There are no atheists in the oncology unit," he says. Cancer is a religion that subsumes all else. This is a devastating story that anyone who has a loved one fighting cancer needs to read.

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