Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet – No. 32 – June 2015
Edited by Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link
Cover Artist: Debbie Eylon
Review by Sam Tomaino
Small Beer Press Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 1544-7782
Date: 29 May 2015
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Here is the latest issue of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and you know the drill by now: read it slowly. This is issue #32 and it has eight tales which must be savored and read slowly.
The issue begins with "The Beast Unknown to Heraldry" by Henry Wessells -+- Thornton is a writer who needs a place to stay. He goes to live a the house of a distant cousin who is a duke and finds a strange whelp that had just been born. He cares for it, thinking at first it is a wolf. Big mistake. Nice sting at the end.
"The Blood Carousel" by Alyc Helms -+- Hazel must take a ride on the carousel to bring back her mother and father from the dead. But she needs a mount and her friend Barnabas helps her catch a fox. The fox can speak and helps Hazel. But there turns out to be a price to be paid. Great, imaginative story.
"Marrying the Sea" by Kodiak Julian -+- An old woman looks back on her life and her friends, Vivian, Frannie, and Irene and the real magic they made together. A little gem of a tale.
"Everything Is Haunted" by Joe M. McDermott -+- Stephen had a disease that prevented him from maturing. His parents got an organ donor - a semi-human creature with his genes. His parents eventually split up, but at 17, he is exploring some abandoned buildings. They find something unexpected. A sad, poignant story.
"The Shadow You Cast is Me" by Henry Lien -+- Our narrator's wife no longer wants to make love to him. She tells him to go seek his needs with someone else. His wife's choice of new companions hints that her interests have changed. But our narrator still loves her. A sad but affecting tale.
"Auburn" by Joanna Ruocco -+- Lady Abergavenny is unhappily married to Lord Abergavenny who ignores her, obsessed by his search for the Boffin Bird. He had only wanted a lock of her hair and when it was pointed out that it was attached to her head, offered to marry her. She used to be the very common Maivlna Potts. She is the 10th Lady A. She find out why the Lord is so obsessed with her hair and that is not a good thing. Very Good!
"The Square of Mirrors" by Dylan Horrocks -+- A brief series of the musings a writer thinking over what he should do. Can't say much more. Nice mood piece.
"Sun Circles" by Jade Sylvan -+- Our narrator is the only human on a rocket to a planet called Valhalla to see if it is suitable for human life. The narrator s accompanied by a parrot named Tom. Communications with Earth are getting further and further apart as our narrator travels on. Since our narrator loves numbers so much and relates to people in an odd way, one might assume autism. But the narrative makes us completely sympathetic to the traveler. Juts a perfect story.
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