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Shimmer Number 36, March 2017
Edited by E. Catherine Tobler
Cover Artist: Sandro Castelli
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 30 March 2017

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Shimmer, #36 is here with stories by Charlie Bookout, Aimee Ogden, Lina Rather, and Michael Matheson, and an interview of each of them.

Here is #36 Shimmer with its unique brand of stories I just love to read and savor.

The first story is "Birds on an Island" by Charlie Bookout. -+- Paul Weaver has a boat and he takes people on tours around his town in Maine. One day, he meets a woman from Arkansas that must get to nearby Crow Island, a place that's off-limits by law. He won't take her so she tries to swim out and almost drowns. She is rescued in a miraculous way. He learns a bit more about her before she dies. But he still tries to help her. Good story with well-drawn characters.

The second story is "The Cold Lonely Waters" by Aimee Ogden. -+- In a spaceship that is a great glass sphere called Sea Foam Gives Way to the Sunfish's Breach, two hardy seal-mermaids (All Rivers Run Home to the Sea, the navigator, and A Fish Thrashes Wildly in the Bird's Sharp Beak, the alchemist) and the much more fragile merjelly (She Wears Cold Starlight on Her Shoulders, their singer) travel to a distant planet. The surface people have, apparently, killed themselves off, and the mer-people have decided to send someone special outward. Beautifully written and a joy to read.

The third story is "Extinctions" by Lina Rather. -+- Our narrator makes her main living as a tattooist, but she takes side jobs following in her mother's footsteps. She kills monsters. In her battle with a guilt-eater, she understands her mother better. Another really good story.

The fourth story is "And In That Sheltered Sea, a Colossus" by Michael Matheson. -+- Ebunoluwa is alone in the drowned city, haunted by the ghosts of her mother and the child she lost. A Traveler comes and changes what she has become accustomed to and things change for her. A beautiful, bittersweet tale.

It's great reviewing Shimmer again, one of the best small press magazines. Subscribe!

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