Ghost story about a ghost story. Meta ghost?

Uncanny Magazine Issue 25: November/December 2018Uncanny Magazine Issue 25: November/December 2018 by Lynne M. Thomas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Review for “The Thing About Ghost Stories“ by Naomi Kritzer, 22 pages, ★★½☆☆

“The most interesting thing about ghost stories is that almost everyone has one.“

A story about a woman collecting ghost stories. Meh. A bit rambling, not quite boring but nothing interesting for me. Her mother‘s Alzheimers and her changing relationship with her was the only redeeming feature, but it was too little to matter.

Can be read for free here: https://uncannymagazine.com/article/t…

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Review for “The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society,” by T. Kingfisher, 1.885 words, 4 pages, ★★★½☆

“There was a land of elven halls and hollows, … there was a campfire, and around it sat a half-dozen men, and a great bull selkie, and a horse the color of night..“

Normally humans fall for the fey and pine after them…

It was ok. Not sure what makes it so special that it gets nominated for a Hugo award.

Can be read for free here: https://uncannymagazine.com/article/t…

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Depressing and almost unreadable

The Only Harmless Great ThingThe Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

DNF at 21%. I found this to be almost unreadable. It took me three attempts to just get past the opening paragraphs. Overly wordy and constructed.

I made the effort to find out more about the events that Bolander took and merged to make her own novelette. Links below. Utterly depressing and horrible.

That combined with the overblown prose results in this: Not my thing. Sorry.

Background of the real-life Radium Girls: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiu…

And details about the real-life elephant Topsy: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topsy…

Check out the details at Tor.com: https://publishing.tor.com/theonlyhar…

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Good riddance for some…

Uncanny Magazine Issue 23: July/August 2018Uncanny Magazine Issue 23: July/August 2018 by Lynne M. Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review for “The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat“ by Brooke Bolander

Entertaining take on fairytales, with unusual protagonists.

“Once upon a time, long, long, long, long, long, long, ago, there were three raptor sisters, hatched beneath a lucky star. They lived in a wood together, they stole sheep and cattle together, and all in all, there was no tighter-knit hunting pride of matriarchal dromaeosauridae between the mountains and the sea.“

Nothing too surprising, an easy read. Enjoyable.

Can be read for free here: https://uncannymagazine.com/article/t…

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Footnotes and annotations

STETSTET by Sarah Gailey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very different. In a good way. A tragic story told in the footnotes and annotations. Clever. Very relevant topic. I do not have the answer as to what is right or wrong or how the decision should be made.

Can be read for free here: https://firesidefiction.com/stet

If you want to read something unusual once in a while, check it out. Read it online to be able to fully experience the formatting.

STET by Sarah Gailey. Part of my HUGO 2019 reading. 4.5 stars.

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He had it coming…

The Last Banquet of Temporal ConfectionsThe Last Banquet of Temporal Confections by Tina Connolly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“A young food taster to the Traitor King must make a difficult choice in this story of pastries, magic, and revenge.“

Imaginative confections. An usurper of the throne get his just dessert. Not a terribly surprising ending. Has the feel of a traditional fairytale. ★★★¾☆

Can bed read for free here: https://www.tor.com/2018/07/11/the-la…

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Pining and appreciation…

Uncanny Magazine Issue 25: November/December 2018Uncanny Magazine Issue 25: November/December 2018 by Lynne M. Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review for “The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society,” by T. Kingfisher, 1.885 words, 4 pages, ★★★½☆

“There was a land of elven halls and hollows, … there was a campfire, and around it sat a half-dozen men, and a great bull selkie, and a horse the color of night..“

Normally humans fall for the fey and pine after them…

It was ok. Not sure what makes it so special that it gets nominated for a Hugo award.

Can be read for free here: https://uncannymagazine.com/article/t…

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If at first you don‘t succeed…

If at First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try AgainIf at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again by Zen Cho
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I cried like a baby at the end, five stars all the way! This story of an imugi (Korean folklore, lesser dragon in form of a large serpent), trying to become a fully-fledged dragon, went an very unexpected way! Silly, cute and lovely.

Can be read for free here: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/s…

Also have a look at „Head of a Snake, Tail of a Dragon“, a short sequel: https://zencho.org/head-of-a-snake-ta…

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