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Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet – No. 21 – November 2007 by Gavin J Grant & Kelly Link
Edited by Gavin J Grant & Kelly Link
Cover Artist: Taturo Kiuchi
Review by Sam Tomaino
Small Beer Press  ISBN/ITEM#: 1544-7782
Date: 26 November 2007

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Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 21 is like the other issues have been, containing little, introspective pieces of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. There are some nice little pieces here by Alicia Sola Kim, Matthew Cheney, Benjamin Parzybok, Carol Emshwiller and others.

Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 21 is the second issue of this well-regarded small press publication that I have read. These are not what I usually enjoy but I liked these well enough.

Alice Sola Kim gives us a very different kind of conflict between Day School students and Night School students and what it's like to live in both worlds in "The Night and Day War". In "The Curmudgeon" by Adam Ares, a young man's weekend is disrupted by a sudden, violent act. Matthew Cheney's "The Lake" is a sad tale of tragedy and loss and how one woman copes. "On a Dark and Featureless Plain" by Stephanie Brady Tharpe features a man who returns to a childhood home and finds some comfort from his past. In "Two Variations", Jeanette Westwood considers two outcomes of a backgammon game.

Kirstin Allio's "Clay" tells us of a sculptor who reconnects with a childhood sweetheart. In "The Postern Gate", Brian Conn describes several people's actions during one night in a castle. My favorite story in the issue was "The Coder" by Benjamin Parzybok. Set at a software company, Brian is given the job of taking care of the one actual programmer who writes code that no one really understands but somehow works. This is pure fantasy but the story felt like myth. Corie Ralston's "Maps to God" is the tale of a teenager's search for some truth. Last, but certainly not least, classic writer Carol Emshwiller's "Sanctuary" is the story of a man who learns what to do with long-legged creatures that seem to be taking over empty plots of land. What that is will surprise you.

Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet is a different kind of magazine. If you like more experimental kind of prose, than this is for you.

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