Shimmer - Vol. 1 Issue 4
by Beth Wodinski (Ed.)
Beth Wodinski Zine ISBN/ITEM#: SHIM0609
Date: Fall 2006 /
Shimmer – Volume 1, Issue 3 – Spring 2006
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)