Apex Magazine - Issue 15
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Cover Artist: Priscilla Santos
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 30 August 2010
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The new fiction begins with "Fair Ladies" by Theodore Goss. Rudolf Arnheim is a young man living in the city of Malo in the kingdom of Sylvania, not long before the beginning of World War II. His father is distressed when his life style puts him into the care of a legendary courtesan called The Pearl. She takes him in hand and he falls in love with her. She insists on arranging his life and leaving him. There is more going on as The Pearl is one of the Fair Ladies of fable. This was a beautiful, lyrical fairy tale and a pleasure to read.
The other new story is "Four is Me! With Squeeeeee! (And LOLer)" by Nick Mamatas. This one is impossible to summarize. Part of it is about our narrator's battle with Percocet G. Viagra. Don't expect it to make a lot of sense, but just go with the flow and you'll have a good time.
There is also a reprinted story, "Secret Life" by Jeff Vandermeer, which originally appeared in the collection, Secret Life by Jeff Vandermeer. This one was a series of vignettes about the life of a five-story office building and some of the people in it. It was quite good and deserved to be reprinted.
So, once again, check on Apex Magazine. It exists on PayPal donations and I recommend you go their web-site at http://www.apexbookcompany.com/apex-online/ . They are worth supporting.