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Apex Magazine - Issue 21
Edited by Catherynne M. Valente
Cover Artist: Viktors Kozers
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine  ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 21 February 2011

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Number 21 of Apex Magazine has new stories by Cat Rambo and Forrest Aguirre, a reprint of a story by Nalo Hopkinson, and poems by F.J. Bergmann, and Nicole Korhner-Stace.

Here we have the Twenty-First issue of Apex Magazine, and editor Catherynne M. Valente is still giving us unique stories.

The new fiction begins with "Close Your Eyes" by Cat Rambo. Children's book author, Amber takes care of her brother Lewis, who is dying. Things are difficult as he is verbally abusive. She finds out that the class he is taking in Practical Shamanism has a dark design. How can she save herself? This one was a powerfully written story that you won’t soon forget.

In "Langknech and Tzi-Tzi in the Land of the Mad" by Forrest Aguirre, Langknech (a plush giraffe), Tzi Tzi (a fly), and Gold and Silver (robots) go in search of the Maker. Silver doesn't survive the trip, but the three of them meet Frankenstein Don Juan in the castle of the Master. As you can tell from that, this is a wildly imaginative tale and quite a good read.

There is also a reprinted story, "A Raggy Dog, A Shaggy Dog" by Nalo Hopkinson which originally appeared in Lust for Life: Tales of Sex and Love in 2006. Tammy Griggs is a young woman who lives with a lot of plants that she takes obsessive care with. She waters them by setting off automatic sprinklers with a candle. So that no one suspects her of this, she moves regularly. She also has a lot of tattoos and prefers to be fat to have room for them. The story is all told from her unique viewpoint and was quite interesting.

Apex Magazine has changed the way it works, if you are a subscriber, you get your issue when it's published. Otherwise, you wait a month. They are worth supporting, so check them out at

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