Apex Magazine – January 2010 – Issue 7
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 21 January 2010
The January 2010 of Apex Magazine has a 2012 End of the World theme with two very different stories, an editorial and a very good article on the theme.
"White Christmas" by James F. Reilly isn't "just like the ones we used to know", quite the opposite. Billy is driving up to New Hampshire to spend Christmas with his brother and his family. Along with him is Margot, a girlfriend who he has become quite serious with. He gets there, even through a bad blizzard. They eat dinner and settle in. Listening to news reports, the blizzard seems to be affecting the whole world and its December 21, 2012. Reilly tells a good story with characters that you can care about.
"Wondrous Days" by Genevieve Valentine features a man and a woman after an apocalyptic event. We get some back story that leads up to this story. The problem is that we don't come to care about the characters and don't really understand them. The story was just a downer and not a particularly good one.
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