Sometimes I read a story and all the way through I feel I’ve missed something important, or need to be reading it from a slightly different perspective
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.
As with many stories of this ilk, it’s fine enough, but I’d rather this story was the first third of a story, setting up two final thirds that really kick some ass.
An unlikeable protagonist goes on a journey to seek her son who has strayed – and a story that goes onto the Best SF Short Story Award 2015 shortlist.
Another good story from Stufflebeam providing a heart-warming tale of humanity, that doesn’t get anywhere near schmalzy or saccharine as it could.
Anders’ trio of stories have stood out from the others, with her tale of a near-future apocalypse as seen through some gonzo film makers not easily confused with the other stories in the volumes!
A slightly different tone to the horrors of the rest of the volume (mind you, there is horror in the story, but more comic book).
Bear had a singleton story in the second of this three volume trilogy, and has another in this volume, which also features a determined, resourceful lead character.
Another (concluding?) installment in Steele’s ‘Arkwright’ series, which, like his ‘Coyote’ series, has left me unmoved.