Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction - August 2005
zine ISBN/ITEM#: 1059-443
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction - August 2005 issue
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It's always good when an issue of a magazine starts with an exceptional story and the August issues of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction does just that. "Thwarting Jabbi Gloond" is another great story by Matthew Hughes about Henghist Hapthorn but this takes place well before he becomes 'old Earth's foremost freelance discriminator." This is Young Henghist and serves as something of an origin story. Heghist is asked by a friend to come to his ancestral home to see why his father might be being blackmailed by one Jabbi Gloond. Hughes is very good at naming his characters! The story brings to mind a classic Sherlock Holmes situation but goes in a different direction. I do love these stories and would be content to read The Magazine of Fantasy and Henghist Hapthorn every month! Next year, when I nominate for the Hugos, I am going to have a hard time deciding which Hapthorn tale to nominate. I can't nominate them all, can I?
The rest of the stories in this issue are also well worth reading. "The Maze of Trees" by Claudia O'Keefe shows that the author is very adept at writing good stories about the effect natural surroundings have on people. "Refried Cliches: A Five Course Meal" by Mike Shultz consists of some very funny vignettes. "Spell" by Bruce McAllister is a chilling tale of witchcraft in the family. Robert Reed gives us another of his odd little stories in "Pure Vision." An optometrist/magician develops lenses that can see into a person's soul. Reed explores what this would mean and the dangers inherent in it. In "The Woman in Schr?dinger's Wave Equations," Eugene Mirabelli weaves a tale of historical speculation that also serves as a love story. Still good but a little less successful are: "Gypsy Tale Wind" by Mary Eosenblum (which tries to do a bit too much for a short story) and "A Very Little Madness Goes a Long Way" by M. Rickert (which does the same). Sometimes, stories don't quite work for me.
But an issue with stories by Hughes, O'Keefe and Reed is well worth picking up!