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2016 Stories 36 and 37

Well, I was bound to miss a day eventually!

Yesterday's and today's stories both come from Clockwork Phoenix 5, edited by Mike Allen.

36. A GUIDE TO BIRDS BY SONG (AFTER DEATH) by A.C. Wise.  This was a hard story for me to process, and I find myself still thinking about it days after reading it. The main characters, Dana and Gabrielle, are both processing the suicide of Dana's former lover. Dana is writing about it, in a manuscript Gabrielle has never been given permission to read but which she's looked at anyway. There's an angel that Dana may or may not have met who may or may not be influencing her writing. The story has multiple layers, and I was never really sure what was real and what was just in characters' minds -- which I think might be the author's point. My take-away from the story is that grief over the sudden loss of a loved one is never easy to accept or process, and our minds will go through a variety of convolutions to make that loss hurt less.

37. THE SORCERER OF ETAH by Gray Rinehart.  Issi is on a mission from his village to bring a powerful artifact to Anoraa, the sorcerer of Etah. He's been sent because his eyesight, his ability to see far objects with close-up clarity, is almost a magical guarantee that he will not fail. Then his dead mother's spirit appears, and something happens to wreck Issa's magical vision. The rest of the story is a battle of wills between an injured man intent on completing his mission and a supernatural force determined to stop him. I found the story exciting and involving, the fights scenes equally with the quieter introspective moments.

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Apr. 21st, 2016 11:45 pm (UTC)
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A STORY A DAY blog reviews all of CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 5
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