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Talebones - #35 – August 2007 by Patrick Swenson
Edited by Patrick Swenson
Cover Artist: Richard Pelegrino
Review by Sam Tomaino
Talebones  ISBN/ITEM#: 1084-7197
Date: 25 September 2007

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The August (or Summer) 2007 issue of Talebones has some nice little stories by old pros William F. Nolan and Darrell Schweitzer as well as relative newcomers like Jack Skillingstead, Mary Robinette Kowal, James C. Glass and others.

The August (or Summer) 2007 issue of Talebones is a nice one, with all the stories getting a rating of Very Good from me.

The issue starts off with a story by veteran writer William F. Nolan. In his introduction to "Wolf Song", Nolan wonders if someone might enjoy being a werewolf. He gives us a delightful tale on that very topic. Michael Canfield's "Landing Day" tells us of a future in which the whole world is watching our first contact with an alien species. There is one exception, the father of one of the astronauts has a plan of his own. Things do not go as planned for all concerned. "Two" by Jack Skillingstead seems like a familiar tale about an artificial man being created and trained. But this one has a twist as the man's creator is not your usual mad doctor. Darrel Schweitzer contributes a wry tale, "Sweep Me to My Revenge", about an English professor, a Shakespeare devotee, bothered by a brash newcomer who has written a book claiming that someone else wrote the plays and sonnets attributed to the Bard of Avon. Fortunately, his brother is a physicist who has built a time machine and the professor takes action. Schweitzer gives us an amusing end to that endeavor.

"Mildred's Garden" by James C. Glass features a little old lady devoted to growing flowers and a mean little boy devoted to destroying them. The plants themselves have a way of dealing with the situation. Patricia Russo's "The Old Husband's Tale" is a short, lyrical story about an old man whose wife has become estranged from him. What can he do to win her back? In "Death Comes But Twice", Mary Robinette Kowal gives us a farewell letter from a man to his wife. He and a friend have been conducting dangerous experiments and there is a high price to be paid. "A Little Animal Throb" by Andrew Tisbert is the story of a woman who has committed suicide but haunts her home where no one can see her. She goes to extraordinary lengths to correct the situation. Last of all, is "Iron Ties" by Hayden Trenholm, the story of a man called David who wonders why he is different. He meets a man who tells him his true heritage.

This issue also includes some nice poetry and nice illustrations, including a great cover by Richard Pelegrino. I recommend this magazine to fans of short fiction.

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