Friday, July 19, 2013

Short Story Read-Aloud, Week 19

A light week. I've been less interested in listening to podcasts right now. Not sure why. You'll also note that I'm also feeling pretty critical.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Erin Cashier, "The Alchemist's Feather": A story I heard before elsewhere, about a homunculus used in the production of a phoenix's feather; only this homunculus has fallen in love/friendship with the little girl who is going to be sacrificed, and they escape. A fine story.

Cast of Wonders (Protecting Project PulpTales to TerrifyStarship Sofa, Crime City Central)

Gary McMahon, "The Sand King": A man goes with this wife to the beach; he's illustrating an M.R. James story; she had, if I'm reading this right, a miscarriage; there's some domestic abuse issues. Nicely atmospheric but not gripping plot or character.

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