Somewhat opaque and in need of the application of some literary Cif.
The Individual Stories category has two types of content : 1 – the stories I read in magazines and anthologies and review straight away, rather than waiting to complete the magazine or anthology and reviewing it all in one go. I started doing this in 2010; 2 – stories published as standalone ‘chapbooks’, or published online, or otherwise as a singleton. There are a couple of dozen stories of this nature, reviewing during the 2000s, which are available here.
A strong narrative voice from the protagonist, in a story set in a bar against a backdrop of 20th century European history(ies).
Wasserman concludes one of the stronger stories in Adams’ ‘Apocalypse Triptych’.
Another good story from Napper in Interzone.
An answer to a Big Question is sought, but the answer isn’t what was hoped for.
Looks at the fanaticism necessary to carry out an act beyond the ken of most people – although we don’t really need to use fantasy to explore that issue these days!
Imagine the old Chinese custom of foot binding, taken to the nth degree.
Due closes her trilogy of stories about Nayima some forty years on since the last installment