3rd Alternative #42, Summer 2005
TTA Press ZINE ISBN/ITEM#: 1352-3783
Date: 09/01/2005 /
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The Summer 2005 issue of The Third Alternative starts with some sad news. This will be the last issue! But don't worry, the magazine will continue under the title Black Static. That's good to hear. I would not want to be deprived of the decidedly different stories that this magazine features.
The lead story is another by Paul Meloy. "Dying in the Arms of Jean Harlow" gives us a battle waged by a group of warriors called Paladins who must protect the Firmament Surgeons against the Autoscopes, agents of entropy. This is a thrilling tale about a great battle. Also, very good is "House of the Rising Sun" by Elizabeth Bear. A man must serve a vampire by getting the blood of people for her. Who this servant is comes as a surprise. "Lago Di Iniquita" by Darren Speegle is about a man who tries to find forgiveness for his sins and solace for the death of his family by going through with an old ritual. "Reality Interrupted" by Jason Erik Lundberg is a story in which Blue, an elemental, ends the TV career of a man named Goran by killing him but things do not end there.
Also worth reading are "The Word 'Mermaid' Written on an Index Card" by Doug Lain about a man's recovery from a breakdown who has unusual help. If "The Vegetable Lamb" sounds like an odd title, the story by Matthew Francis certainly is. There really is a "vegetable lamb" but that is not the oddest thing in this tale.
The reviews and other features along with the stories in this magazine makes it well recommended!
(Source: TTA Press)