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Shimmer - Vol. 1 Issue 4 by Beth Wodinski (Ed.)
Beth Wodinski Zine  ISBN/ITEM#: SHIM0609
Date: Fall 2006 /

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Shimmer – Volume 1, Issue 3 – Spring 2006
Table of Contents: The Crow's Caw by Amal El-Mohtar * Oscar's Temple by Stephen L. Moss * Lucy and the Centaur by Chrissy Ellsorth * Always Greener by Paul Abbamondi * Bluebeard by Angela Slatter * Interview with Kevn J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta by Ken Scholes and Jen West * Gnome Season by Michael Livingston * On the Edge of the World by Marina T. Stern * Urban Renewal by Tom Pendergrass * A Fish Tale by Beverly Jackson * Contributors * Artists and Illustrations * Shimmery Staff * Cover Art Little Pearl by Chrissy Elsworth

Published 4 times a year by Beth Wodsinki, PO Box 58591, Salt Lake City, UT 84158-0591

The new issue of Shimmer is an excellent one with a very good crop of stories. It is also very nicely designed for a small press publication.

The first story is "The Crow's Caw" by Amal El-Mohtar. In it, three men tell stories speculating as to why a crow makes that distinctive sound. This is all witnessed by three crows who have a very amusing comment on their speculations. Stephen L. Moss contributes an amusing little tale called "Oscar's Temple." It's set in a small town with the usual small town problems. But this is on an Earth in which many different types of aliens have come to visit. All this makes for a thoroughly enjoyable story. "Lucy and the Centaur" by Chrissy Ellsorth is a cute little one page cartoon. "Always Greener" by Paul Abbamondi is the story of a man who goes to extraordinary lengths to compete with his neighbor. "Bluebeard" is Angela Slatter's modern take on the classic fairy tale.

In "Gnome Season", Michael Livingston gives us a story about a young boy who finds out his grandfather isn't crazy after all. "On the Edge of the World" by Marina T. Stern is an okay little story about a young orphan girl who weaves a fine shirt for a storyteller. Tom Pendergrass's "Urban Renewal" is a hilarious take on how a bureaucracy might deal with The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe. Lastly, "A Fish Tale" is a nice little prose poem by Beverly Jackson.

Shimmer really stands out in the small press magazine field and is well worth subscribing to.

(Source: Beth Wodinski)

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