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Shimmer Number 26, July 2015
Edited by E. Catherine Tobler
Cover Artist: Sandro Castelli
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 29 July 2015

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Shimmer, Number 26 is here and with stories by Roshani Chokshi, Lavie Tidhar, Cat Hellisen, and Erica L. Satifka, with an interview of each of them.

Here is Number 26 Shimmer with its unique brand of story- stories I just love to read and savor.

The first story is "The Star Maiden" by Roshani Chokshi -+- Tala's grandmother tells her stories about being a star maiden who had descended to Earth. She had fallen in love with Tala's grandfather who had hidden the dress that would let her ascend back to the stars. Her grandmother tells Tala that she should go with her. Tala rejects this when she was younger but learns something important later. Heartbreakingly-beautiful prose. Just perfect.

The second story is "The Last Dinosaur" by Lavie Tidhar -+- Mina remembers driving out into the countryside with her grandmother in an old Beetle. Now she goes for one last ride. Another perfect story.

The third story is "Serein" by Cat Hellisen -+- Claire has disappeared and no one knows where she went. We get that part of the story from her sister. We also hear from Claire and that makes the story truly remarkable.

The fourth story is "States of Emergency" by Erica L. Satifka -+- Stories about strange things happening in various states of the union: Montana, Florida, Delaware, New York, Vermont, Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Kentucky, Michigan, and Alaska. Great fun!

Shimmer is my favorite small press magazine. Subscribe!

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