Shimmer – Number 25, April 2015
Edited by E. Catherine Tobler
Cover Artist: Sandro Castelli
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 28 April 2015
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Here is Number 25 of Shimmer with its unique brand of story.
The first story is "The Proper Motion of Extraordinary Stars" by Kali Wallace. -+- Aurelia journeys to Asunder Island, a bit of rock close to Antarctica and the home of strange birds, strange people, and an astronomical observatory. She wants to observe the motions of an object called the Southern Star. But she finds something there about her mother who died when she was young. Very good story to start off the issue.
The second story is "The Mothgate" by J.R. Troughton, -+- Elsa has been taught by Mama Rattakin how to fight the creatures of the Nightfall that come through the Mothgate. Elsa has become very good at firing a rifle and we see her and Mama Rattakin's fight against the witika, snow creatures that make beautiful music. Now, it is time for Mama to go through the Mothgate to try to close it forever. Elsa finds out what her most important role will be. Well imagined fantasy.
The third story is "Good Girls" by Isabel Yap. -+- Sara meets Kaye in a Good Girls retreat. Sara has had some problems but Kaye is a manananggal from the Philippines. She eats fetuses. Sara, at first, does not believe her but sees something that convinces her of Kaye's supernatural nature. Nonetheless, they bond. Bizarre and imaginative.
The fourth story is "In the Rustle of Pages" by Cassandra Khaw. -+- Li Jing and Zhang Yong are getting old and their grandchildren want to help them by putting them in a nursing home. But this is nothing like our world and a very strange solution is found. A lot going on here in the background, Another very strange story that is a Shimmer specialty.
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