Kaleidotrope – Winter 2014
Edited by Fred Coppersmith
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 26 January 2014
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The issue begins with "Jealous Idols" by Jamie Lackey -+- Butterfly loves Autumn Snow so he takes her to see the temple of his god, a serpent. Butterfly has her own god and she refuses to acknowledge the snake. Good story of bravery against fierce odds.
"City of the Dying Sun" by Kristin Janz -+- Teneka has a gift for languages and is asked by her employer, Yenef, to escort two visitors from the north around the city. She does not particularly like them. Irion mocks her religion and Daronen is of the Ayaf race which has a dark history. Tensions are high between north and south and war may be at hand. As the story progresses, Teneka realizes that things are more complicated than they first appeared. Good solid fantasy story with a rich back story.
"Stowaway to Mars" by H.S. Donnelly -+- Ibrahim is a freshman college student who has always wanted to go to Mars. So he stows away on the latest rocket to the colony. Once there, he connives his way around in a most charming way. Fun little story.
"Phantasy Punk" by Josh Storey -+- This is a wild story which features our narrator, a fan-girl named Jude, attending a ComicCon in costume when things get seriously out of hand. Don't want to spoil it further so just read and enjoy.
The issue ends with "Winter Bride" by A. Merc Rustad -+- Our lead character, identified only as "you" is the favorite of the Winter Lord, but she does not like her role. The Winter Lord has other women as his lovers, some more powerful than others. One called the sorceress has a plan for escape but "you" must make a sacrifice. I liked this well enough, but I do not care for the second-person narrative.
Kaleidotrope is a great magazine. Check them out at their website (link at top of this review). Love those Horoscopes, too!