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Sybil's Garage #5, February 2008
Edited by Matthew Kressel
Review by Sam Tomaino
Senses Five Press  ISBN/ITEM#: 15579725
Date: 28 May 2008

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The newest issue of the eclectic Sybil's Garage is here with stories by Samantha Henderson, Vylar Kaftan, Caspian Gray, Daniel A. Rabuzzi and others.

Sybil's Garage #5 has arrived in my mailbox with its biggest issue yet. The stories all got a Very Good from me.

Sybil's Garage continues to present unusual tales, poems and articles, all with suggestions on the appropriate music to play while reading. The fiction begins with "The Ballad of Delphinium Blue" by Samantha Henderson. Delphinium Blue was a bist-girl. Bist can mean "knife," "thing of beauty and grace," "clay-woman" or "loss". We are told that a bist-girl is "all of those things, and none of them." Delphinium Blue is an exceptional singer who falls in love with the wrong man.

In "Tattoos of the Sky, Tattoos of the Days," Alex Dally MacFarlane gives us Leah and Gemma and the power of their tattoos. Vylar Kaftan's "The Girl Next Door" is a creepy tale of an old man and his fantasies.

In "Waiting For Spring," Caspian Gray weaves a tale of a little girl named Audrey who wants to help her friend Nicholas when his sister dies. Daniel Rabuzzi gives us a science fiction tale in "Last and First." An accident with a colony ship leaves only 16 survivors to populate a new planet. Some of them want to stay but how can they survive? Maybe with a little help from the last native of the planet. Barbara Krasnoff's "All His Worldly Goods" shows us a near future where marriage is just a temporary arrangement.

Gary Moshimer's "Salesman" starts with a woman at the bedside of her dying father. He hasn't always been a good father but he could sell anything. His daughter decides to put that power to good use. In "Lost in the Supermarket," Veronica Schanoes gives us a tale about just that. Strange forces keep a young girl prisoner in a supermarket and unable to communicate with anybody. She must find a way to escape. "Roses" by Hazel Marcus Ong features two sisters, Madeleine & Blanchefleur, who must find a way back to what is missing in their lives.

The issue concludes with "Wombat Fishbone" by Jason Erik Lundberg, which features a town where signs show up saying things like "J. Juniper Jellyfish walks tomorrow." It seems a number of people with the first initial of J will be coming. When tomorrow comes, a change comes over the residents of the town.

Sybil's Garage is a strange little magazine with old-fashioned illustrations accompanying the text. If you like some tales out of the ordinary, then this is for you.

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