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Apex Magazine Issue 27
Edited by Catherynne M. Valente
Cover Artist: Justin Stewart
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Publications  ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 29 August 2011

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Number 27 of Apex Magazine has new stories by Zach Lynott and Rabbit Seagraves, a reprint story by Lavie Tidhar, poetry by Saladin Ahmed and Elizabeth R. McClellan, and a nonfiction article by Jason Sizemore.

Here we have the Twenty-Seventh issue of Apex Magazine, and editor Catherynne M. Valente with two new stories, a reprint, two poems and a nonfiction article.

The new fiction begins with "The Whispered Thing" by Zach Lynott. Our narrator tells us a story about his time in Japan, teaching English. He notices one girl, Mizuki, who is shy and withdrawn but brilliant. Muzuki spends a lot of her time whispering into a hole in the ground. The story goes further but, for me, never comes together.

The other new story is "The Tiger Hunter" by Rabbit Seagraves. This one is told in a rambling narrative by someone we assume is a little girl to another little girl. When out playing one day, they come upon a tiger and our narrator actually manages to kill it. She and the other girl take turns putting on the tiger's skin and playing games. Eventually, our narrator wears the skin more with startling circumstances, This one was quite strange and a pretty good read.

The reprinted story, "The Secret Protocols of the Elders of Zion" by Lavie Tidhar (originally appeared in The West Pier Gazette and Other Stories, 2008). I have decided to no longer review reprinted stories in magazines and just concentrate my time on original ones. I hope you enjoy this one.

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 http://www.apexbookcompany.com/apex-store/subscriptions/.

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