Kaleidotrope – Winter 2016
Edited by Fred Coppersmith
Cover Artist: Toe Keen
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 30 January 2016
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Kaleidotrope Winter 2016 is here and with more if their unusual stories, some that defy description.
The issue begins with "Counting Mississippis" by Dora Badger. -+- This is a series of memories and current time events of a woman with unususal hair and her daughter who has the same. Very strange.
"Fox Bear Boy" by Dale Carothers -+- Orsle, a bear-woman, and Tae, a fox-woman, are members of a sisterhood seeking their sister Avei, a crow woman. When they kill a cow, Corvin, a son of the farmer, winds up joining them to find his destiny. Fine, imaginative fantasy.
"Every Useless Parameter" by Darren Goossens -+- Wynne is trying to translate the stones found on Livia. He has befriended a native named Sho and taught him some English. Will he succeed? A sad, poignant tale.
"Point Me at the Sky" by Paul Abbamondi -+- Our narrator lives in a post-apocalyptic world where people have split into those living underground and those living above it. He and his friends steal gasoline to fly away in some sort of flying machine, but the cost of their escape is high. Good solid story.
"Evil Days and Countless Wonders" by Patricia Russo -+- A curse is put on a village that causes people to break out in pustules and die. The town has no magic workers and cannot break the curse. But an orphan girl named Na remembers a story about wishing sand that her grandmother told her and convinces a Very Stubborn Woman to help her get it. Perfectly written fairy tale.
Kaleidotrope is a great magazine. Check them out at their website (see link at the top of this review). And the horoscopes are back!