Yet more about The Old Man, and we find out more about him, and a big finale is set up.
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.
Two men grease themselves up, but then it’s left to us to imagine what happens next…
Whilst in Moscow, a visitor finds the city, and some of its people, behaving strangely, and ditto his wife…
Buckram closes off the issue with some gentle humour with some neat touches, and avoids trying too hard to be too clever and funny.
Another classy tale of ne’er-do-wells in the deep south, and some powerful magic.
Characterisation and family relationship are handled well, which is as well as otherwise it’s a fairly weak story.
A nicely told story that feels much more like an Asimov’s story, and I may well fish out the previous stories by Frost in Analog to read.
A story that I struggled to engage with as a story that I was reading, as I was more aware of the story that C. Allegra Hawksmoor was writing.