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Talebones #34
Edited by Patrick & Honna Swenson
Review by Sam Tomaino
Zine  ISBN/ITEM#: 1084-7197
Date: March 2007

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Talebones is a long-running magazine for the small press and very attractively produced. The Winter 2006 issue is a nice mixture of science fiction & dark fantasy and all the stories got a Very Good from me.

Talebones - Issue #34 - Winter 2006 - ISSN 1084-7197
Table of Contents:
Fiction: His Master's Voice by Mark Rigney * Crows by Carrie Vaughan * Gepetto Kiln by Alan DeNiro * But Who Shall Lead the Dance? By Marie Brennan * Memories of Moments, Bright As Falling Stars by Cat Rambo * Eaglebane by Ryan Myers * Fermi Packet by Jason Stoddard * And Her Hand, The Stars by E. Catherine Tobler
Poetry & Verse: Dancers of the Rue Morgue by Cardinal Cox * The Cowardly Lion's Slipper Wish by Ken Scholes * The Woodcarver Confesses by Constance Cooper
Departments: Bare Bones – Editorial * Tell Tales – Letters to Talebones * Tattle Tales – Contributor Bios * Orion's Oracle – Next Issue

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The lead off story is by Mark Rigney. "His Master's Voice" is the tale of Alan Lomax, a real man who traveled the South years ago recording the voices of ordinary African-Americans singing the blues. He meets up with the Devil who makes him a tempting offer. What he gets from the Devil is something truly fantastic.

Carrie Vaughan's "Crows" takes place on a battlefield in the distant past, or a fantasy world. A soldier's lord has been killed and the field of battle abandoned. The soldier must protect his lord from scavengers until help arrives. Next, comes Alan DeNiro with "Gepetto Kiln", a far future science fiction tale about a woman named Fiona, the artificial intelligence on her ship and what she discovers about herself when the ship encounters an unusual planet.

The issue than shifts to pure fantasy with "But Who Shall Lead the Dance?" by Marie Brennan. A human woman wanders into Faerie and is forced to dance by the fair folk. But these elves get more than they bargained for.

"Memories of Moments, Bright As Falling Stars" by Cat Rambo is set in a near-future in which a punk couple steals some unusual memory chips and get themselves into a lot of trouble. Ryan Myers' "Eaglebane" is a clever little tale about a legendary creature which caused many problems for pilots in World War II. In "Fermi Packet", Jason Stoddard gives us a world in which humanity has uploaded itself into cyberspace. A constructed personality helps fight off an alien invasion. Last of all, there is "And Her Hand, The Stars" by E. Catherine Tobler, a sad story of a doctor trying to save the life of an alien at war with humanity.

I enjoyed this magazine and highly recommend it! Subscribe!

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