Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet - No. 26 - December 2010
Edited by Gavin J. Grant, Kelly Link, Jedediah Berry, Michael J. DeLuca
Cover Artist: Sarah Goldstein
Review by Sam Tomaino
Small Beer Press Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 1544-7782
Date: 30 December 2010
Links: Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, that unique, very literary magazine is here with issue #26 with its usual mix of fine stories.
The issue begins with "The Cruel Ship's Captain" by Harvey Welles and Philip Raines. Settle is a young girl who had taken passage on the ship The Righteous Dream so she could become souled and shipped, that is connected to some sailing vessel. Unfortunately, the ship is taken by the Cruel Ship and its captain. She dresses like a boy and avoids being thrown overboard. Her only friend is Apple, the boy she loves. This was a beautifully written fantasy.
Patty Houston gives us something quite different with "Elite Institute for the Study of Arc Wielders' Flash Fever". Our narrator works as a wielder, putting wrecked cars together. The job is hazardous to his health and his co-worker, Aida. This one was pretty wild, but consistently interesting.
"Sleep" by Carlea Holl-Johnson is a nicely-written short piece with its narrator promising to give someone a very nice sleep, but there's a bit more to it then that. Rahul Kanakia's "The Other Realms Were Built With Trash" is set in a world in which humans and Faerie co-exist. Aldram is a changeling who wants to be accepted by Faerie so he uses human trash and bodies to help the Fair Folk. Kanakia gives us an interesting look at this fantasy world.
"Alice: a Fantasia" by Veronica Schanoes is really three pieces about the most famous Alice of all and her Uncle D. This one was just okay.
Sean Melican gives us a story about the famous Confederate submarine, the Hunley in "Absence of Water". Told from the point of view of one of the crewman (of whom we know nothing, historically), Melican contributes another good story to this issue. Juan is a homeless man known as Three Hats in Jenny Terpischore Abeles' story. He is also called Three-Hat Juan, El Diablo, and the Red Man. We get a good little back story about him, especially about the three hats and his association with roses.
Last, we have "Death's Shed" by J.M. McDermott. Our narrator is a young boy whose mother is dead. His father has become more interested in his electric trains than his son. He is bullied by two girls who are his neighbors. When he meets a homeless man staying in his shed, things change in this nice little chiller.
Again, I recommend you subscribe to Lady Churchillís Rosebud Wristlet.