Is the cost worth it?

Lightspeed Magazine, January 2018Lightspeed Magazine, January 2018 by John Joseph Adams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Court Magician, Sarah Pinsker, 7 pages, ★★★★☆

Read this when it was nominated for the Nebula and read it again now, after its Hugo nomination.

The question I see here in this story—what are we willing to sacrifice to gain a nicer life? And knowledge. Knowledge over all. Is the cost worth it? How far are we willing to go?

He craves that moment where the trick behind the thing is revealed to him, where it can be stripped of power and made ordinary.

Can be read for free here: http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fic…

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Librarians rock!

A Witch’s Guide To Escape: A Practical Compendium Of Portal FantasiesA Witch’s Guide To Escape: A Practical Compendium Of Portal Fantasies by Alix E. Harrow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You’d think it would make us happy when a kid checks out the same book a zillion times in a row, but actually it just keeps us up at night.

Oh, I love that the books have feelings! A smug book, how great is that?

“oh, Tolkien, you have so much to account for“
Lol!

This was absolutely delightful. I love it! Fabulous! I cried! All the stars!

Can be read for free here: https://www.apex-magazine.com/a-witch…

2018 Nebula Award Finalists / 2019 Hugo Award Finalists — well deserved!

Parallels

Uncanny Magazine Issue 21: March/April 2018Uncanny Magazine Issue 21: March/April 2018 by Lynne M. Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review for: And Yet by A. T. Greenblatt, 4.620 words, ~10 pages, ★★★¾☆

A Haunted House. Or rather a house with doors leading to parallel universes. Lovely ending, but generally not my kind of thing.

2018 Nebula Award Finalists / Short Story

Can be read for free here: https://uncannymagazine.com/article/a…
Author‘s website: https://atgreenblatt.com

Not quite a haunting…

Fireside Magazine Issue 52, February 2018Fireside Magazine Issue 52, February 2018 by Mary Robinette Kowal
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review for The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington by Phenderson Djèlí Clark, 3636 words, ~8 pages, ★★★★★

2018 Nebula Award Finalists / Short Story — Well worth the Nebula Award nomination.

I love the casual mix of supernatural elements into the story. Imaginative and well written. Not quite a ghost story, not quite historical fiction.

Can be read for free here: https://firesidefiction.com/the-secre…

Beautiful artwork at Fireside Magazine, where the story was originally published:

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