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2014 Stories 189 - 192

Four stories I read in July from disparate sources, as indicated:

189. GOTTERDAMMERUNG GAVOTTE by Josh Reynolds from Lovecraft e-zine, October 2012.   I found out about this story years after it was published online thanks to a link from the Crossover Universe website, which chronicles all the various stories where fictional characters interact.  This story was a fun read even though I wasn't familiar with most of the occult detectives who feature in it. Charles St. Cyprian, the current Royal Occultist and the focal character, is of Josh Reynolds' creation, posited as an apprentice to Thomas Carnacki, one of the two characters (Dr. Silence being the other) with whom I was somewhat familiar.  Of course, there's a large Lovecraftian presence.

190. POTTER GOSSIP by J.K. Rowling  Rowling didn't actually title this recent short story, presented as Rita Skeeter's latest gossip column on the eve of the championship match of this year's Quidditch World Cup, updating us on the now-in-their-30s members of Dumbledore's Army; hidden beneath Skeeter's snark is plenty of solid detail about what's become of Harry, Ginny, Hermione, Ron, Neville, Luna and the rest.  It was a light, fun read, and I'm not one of those folks who had a huge problem with the time-jump of the epilogue to the final Potter book.

191. SLEEP WALKING NOW AND THEN by Richard K. Bowes  Published on Tor.com July 9 2014 It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Rick's work.  This moving novella takes place in a future New York and centers on a new audience-interactive theatrical production staged in a dilapidated hotel with a bloody history. Bowes expertly weaves the main characters' obsessions with that history, with the pop culture of the day, and with faux-celebrity culture as it is now and possibly will be in the future, into a cohesive whole narrative. Personal obsessions and cultural obsessions overlap, as does the time-frame of the story and within the play the characters are staging, and the tension builds wonderfully throughout. As the reader, you know something has to happen to break this building dread; the question is which of the characters, all of whom bear emotional scars, will crack.  I've reread it twice, and find some new detail each time.

192. THE COIN WHISPERER by Sarah Hendrix  Published in Abyss & Apex in June 2014    A poignant story that doesn't need a lot of speculative-fiction trappings to pull a reader in. The fantastical elements are subtle (a character's ability to sense the history of a coin by touching it) and enhance the relationship at the core of the story: between mute (but not dumb) narrator Paul and his neighbor Cassie. Their connection is deep, their history is complicated and unfolds as the story progresses.  Hendrix has a lot to say about how we listen (or don't listen) to the people we care about, and how we sometimes pay more attention to the stories of those distanced from us than we pay to the people we care about.  Absolutely lovely story.


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