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Apex Magazine - Issue 25
Edited by Catherynne M. Valente
Cover Artist: Justin Stewart
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine  ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 26 June 2011

Links: Apex Online / Pub Info / Table of Contents /

Number 25 of Apex Magazine has new stories by Anaea Lay and Kathryn Weaver, reprint stories by Shira Lipken and Chesya Burke and a poem by Seanan McGuire.

Here we have the Twenty-Fifth issue of Apex Magazine, and editor Catherynne M. Valente with two new stories, an older reprint and another that is in a collection published this year.

The new fiction begins with "Your Cities" by Anaea Lay. It starts with the bridges and tunnels surrounding New York City collapsing, cutting the city off from its suburbs. Then, all the buildings in Chicago bowed before the Sears Tower. Cities were "waking up." This one was brief but beautifully written with a truly original idea.

The other new story is "The Doves of Hartleigh Garden" by Kathryn Weaver. Marjorie lives in a decrepit old mansion named Hartleigh Garden with her mother, father and half-brother. Her mother is obsessed with the Hartleigh family heritage and restoring the mansion to its former glory. Her father knows they have not the money for that. Her mother hates the doves that live nearby, calling them pigeons. Her father wants his son to inherit the property which her mother resents. All this makes for a touching, poignant tale.

The older reprinted story, "Valentines" by Shira Lipken (originally appeared in Interfictions 2, 2009). This was a series of short essays written by our narrator about waiters in three restaurants names Valentine, Val and V. They are really very different but our narrator equates them. More I won't say except that this was another beautiful piece of writing.

There is also "CUE:Change" by Chesya Burke (From the collection Let's Play White (Apex Publications) by Chesya Burke. This one features some views on a zombie apocalypse, with a chill at the end.

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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