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2016 Story 27

Today's story comes from Clockwork Phoenix 5, edited by Mike Allen


27. THE WIND AT HIS BACK by  Jason Kimble.   Benito is the sherrif of a small western frontier town that happened to also be home to a number of fantastical races and creatures that seem to mostly peacefully co-exist: giants, jackalopes and others. Benny has a secret he's even kept from his husband Casey: that he used to be a Pac -- one of Pecos Bill's tornado-wranglers. But the past always catches up to us, and this is the story of how Benny's comes back to haunt him. I feel like this story must be part of a bigger world Kimble has created -- it feels too big, too heavily-detailed, to belong to just one story. It's a great piece of world building, either way -- familiar enough to match the real world and folk history we know, with the fantastic elements sitting so easily beside the "normal" details that it all feels natural. There are no info-dumps for the world-building -- it comes from character interactions and dialogue for the most part, and even when it is in expostion, the exposition doesn't feel like an interruption. And I really liked both Benito and Casey, as well as the giant girl Sarah and the mystery of town doctor Yuna. I'll be happy if there's more to come with these folks.

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Apr. 21st, 2016 11:45 pm (UTC)
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