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Shimmer - Vol. 2 No. 1 - Autumn 2006 by Beth Wodzinski (Ed.)
Edited by Beth Wodzinski
Cover Artist: David Ho
Beth Wodinski Zine  ISBN/ITEM#: SHIMV2N1
Date: December 2006 /

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Shimmer – Volume 2. Issue 1 – Autumn 2006 - $5.00
Distributed 4 times yearly by Beth Wodzinski, PO Box 58951, Salt Lake City, UT 84158-0591 – Single issue: $5 or $20/4

Table of Contents: Halloween Night by John Parke Davis * Skeletonbaby Magic by Kathy Watts * Pray for Us, St. Dymphna by Bryan Lindsey * The Angel Wood by Angela Slatter * Interview with John Scalzi * Melancholix: Affinity by Joseph Remy * Through the Obsidian Gates by Aliette de Bodard * A Wizard on the Road by Nir Yaniv, translated by Lavie Tidhar * Voices of the Gods by Monica Eiland * King of Sand and Stormy Seas by Silvia Moreno-Garcia * Contributors Artists and Illustrations * Shimmery Staff * Cover Art: God's Project by David Ho

This issue of Shimmer came to me on the mail just under the wire and I'm glad I was able to read it now. It was a totally enjoyable experience and all the stories got a Very Good from me.

First was "Halloween Night" by John Parke Davis. It describes a very different family tradition for Halloween. In just two pages, Davis gives us a corker of a story! Next up is "Skeletonbaby Magic" by Kathy Watts. A woman carries around a "skeleton baby", conceived from a night with a dead husband. What's different is that Watts does not make this as grim as it sounds. Bryan Lindsey's "Pray For Us, St. Dymphna" is the tale of a man who has psychic powers but has problems which prevent him from using this to his advantage (or anyone else's). In Angela Slater's "The Angel Wood", a young girl travels to her ancestral home and discovers a new destiny for herself. Slater gives us a beautiful, lyrical story. Next comes an interesting interview with John Scalzi and then a funny one-page cartoon, "Melancholix: Affinity" by Joseph Remy.

"Through the Obsidian Gates" by Aliette de Bodard is a classic story about a woman who must journey to the underworld to retrieve her dead husband. This has been done many times before but Aliette de Bodard gives us a new take on it. Nir Yaniv's brief tale "A Wizard on the Road" is translated from the Hebrew but is a very contemporary tale of a man who refuses a wizard's request. "Voices of the Gods" by Monica Eiland is a fascinating tale of a woman who must choose a normal life or the option to have wings to fly. Last, "King of Sand and Stormy Seas" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia tells us of a man who finds out a magic sword may not be as desirable as one might think.

Shimmer is one of the best small press magazines out there and you should all be subscribing to it!

(Source: Beth Wodinski)

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