Kaleidotrope – Issue 3 – October 2007
by Fred Coppersmith
Edited by Fred Coppersmith
Review by Sam Tomaino
Kaleidotrope ISBN/ITEM#: Kaleid200710
Date: 26 October 2007
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The issue starts off with "Click" by LaShawn M. Wanak. The story start with the narrator typing words into a keyboard, "A little girl is crying" and seeing the effect this has on the reader. More details are supplied. How long can the narrator manipulate the reader? L.M. Harmon's "Best Friends Forever" features a narrator watching an old friend sing in some club somewhere. But just how long does this act last? In "Guy, Sky High", Edd Vick tells us of Guy Frost who dies one day, not far from his home. But his wife does see him again in a most unusual way. "Stump Courtship" by Daniel Ausema is a touching tale about Arten, an alien who looks like a tree stump and his thoughts of Lenil who he loves. With the help of some human children and a very special kite, his chances for her are pretty good. Stephen Graham Jones takes a darker turn with "Pistil, Stamen, Bloom" about a man with mental problems and his obsession with a frog and a certain kind of plant. "The Locked Door" by Tara Kolden tells us of a familiar prank with surprising consequences.
"Eyes" by Mark Shuster is done in comic book style and features a man confronted with a very difficult choice. In "The Tailings of Men" by Eric Steve, a young girl follows a metal man, to be surprised at who he is and the consequences of their meeting. Bruce Holland Rogers contributes "Two Stories". In one, the disposal of dead bodies becomes a problem. In the second, a man helps his wife search for her missing husband. Yes, that sentence is correct! In "The Loneliest Person in the World", Beth Langford show that superlatives can be taken too far. Natalie J.E. Potts writes in "Terraformers" about an unusual take on the titular activity Last of all, "Gingered" by Sarah Frost-Mellor takes a famous fairy story to its logical aftermath
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