Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet - No. 35 - December 2016
Edited by Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link
Cover Artist: A Wizard of Earthsea by Aatmaja Pandya
Review by Sam Tomaino
Small Beer Press Magazine / eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 1544-7782
Date: 31 December 2016
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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 #35 with eleven original stories.
The issue begins with "People Are Fragile Things You Should Know By Now" by Danielle Mayabb. -+- Our narrator tells us the about her relationship with a woman who is something different--a siren. But the siren is also involved with a man named Jonah. What will the narrator do? Beautifully any lyrically written.
"The History of Harrabash" by James Warner -+- Mr. Geng is the new history teacher and starts teaching Riley and the other students the history of Harrabash which is located on the reverse side of the world map from New Zealand. He is a hard taskmaster but Riley adores him and does her best. Perfectly amusing little tale.
"The Peach Orchard" by Clinton Lawrence -+- Our narrator finds an abandoned peach orchard with his girlfriend Annette. He falls asleep and dreams of another girl named Patricia who is dead. He awakes to find Annette gone but that's not the end. Exquisitely told short-short.
"The Ghost of the Cherry Blossom" by Kate Story -+- Our narrator hears the tale of a friend of hers losing her virginity. It involves a ghost. Another well-told tale.
"Anonymized Orgies, Inc." by Jessy Randall -+- Our narrator and her husband sign up with the titular company, abbreviated AOI. They will each have sex with a number of partners who are made to look like someone else. Our narrator realizes that all her lovers are actually the same person and is her ideal lover. She uses her computer savvy to find out the lover's identity. I won't spoil the amusing ending.
"Presently Engulfing the Mid-Atlantic States" by Andrew Ervin -+- Just a strange paragraph about a couple's encounter with something very strange.
"The Equipoise with Lentils" by Jack Larsen -+- Three friends eat at a restaurant with a very unique menu: Whirlwind of all our hopes; Lucentia in curdled time; Light broth of equipoise, with lentils; Spelt-bread, with argence of change and memory; Almost everything. Irene has the lentils. Paley and Agatha have the Almost Everything. The meal is lovingly described. Scrumptious!
"Maria Taglioni and the Highwaymen" by Diana M. Chien -+- On a moonlit road in Russia in the winter of 1835. the danseuse Maria is commanded to dance for a highwaymen. Her dance has a unique effect on him which she never reveals. Another exquisite short tale.
"Genius Loci" by S.E. Clark -+- Red (his new name) and Laurel meet in a near-future Boston in which the waters are rising. They are really old friends and something more. Bittersweet and beautifully told.
"Extended Range; or, The Ascension Label" by Henry Wessells -+- How is it that the Lincoln Castle Historical Society has the pelt of a snow leopard taken from the East Assam border in 1947? Thereby hangs a great little fantasy tale.
"Above the Line" by Emily Jace McLaughlin -+- The writer for a supernatural television show tells her life story in teleplay outlines. Interesting.
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