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Talebones #37 – Winter 2008
Edited by Patrick Swenson
Cover Artist: Michaela Eaves
Review by Sam Tomaino
Talebones  ISBN/ITEM#: 1084-7197
Date: 26 November 2008

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The Winter 2008 issue of Talebones is here with stories by James Van Pelt, William F. Nolan, Mark Rich, M.K. Hobson, Eric Del Carlo, Edd Vick, Lon Prater, Julie McGalliard, Rebecca Tester and William Mingin.

The Winter 2008 issue of Talebones is an attractive magazine and all the stories got a Very Good from me.

The "Floaters" in the story by James Van Pelt are appearing in the eyes of Rye, a young man with AIDS who is assisting with a mechanism to look into the future. There is a vision of the world being destroyed in seven years. What can be done for the world and Rye makes for a very touching story.

Veteran writer William F. Nolan gives us a sad story with "To Be with Amy". Ellen-Marie has always wanted to be a mother but can't conceive. She even has named the daughter she wants as "Amy". Nolan gives us a story worthy of him when we find out how far she will go to fulfill the title.

In "What We Love" by Mark Rich, a husband and wife who have become estranged are terra-forming Venus by use of genetically-engineered pterosaurs. Their problems have a profound effect on the project in this nice little tale.

M.K. Hobson contributes a fine fantasy in "The Serpent Who Sleeps Beneath the Shards". Iyrthyne believes in the old ways of her culture and her husband, the Ratiocinator, mocks her for it. He has even spread his "poison" to their daughter. Iyrthyne finds a way to strike back but at a bitter cost.

We are told that Eric Del Carlo's "Firelight" makes use of firemen in an even more bizarre way than in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 and as we see a man named McGhee fight fires, we find that to be true. He needs some special training that other firemen don't need. This one has a wonderful premise that really pays off.

In "The Corsair and the Lady" by Edd Vick, a Muslim named Masud has destroyed an English merchant ship. All are dead except for himself and a beautiful woman who is chained. He does her a kindness from the start and things work out for the best in this beautiful story.

Lon Prater's "A Road Like This, At Night" is the story of a man with a grim task. His college student daughter has been killed by a drunk driver while she was walking one night and he must drive her car from college to his home. But along the way, he is haunted by visions of her life in this car and comes to understand and love her more. This was a well-done piece from Mr. Prater.

"Persephone Eats Winter" by Julie McGalliard is a clever treatment of the myth of Persephone and an interesting take on how things might have worked out for her.

In "Turquoise Morning" by Rebecca Tester, a man must pass a grim task to be accepted into the assassin's guild. He must kill the woman he loves. She has the same task. This one was a distinctly different take on love and sacrifice.

Last of all, William Mingin's "All That Glitters" is a chilling little horror tale. In a world where terrorism has made life less worth living, the appearance of strange creatures called Glitterflies makes things more difficult. A nice piece of invention from Mingin.

This was an excellent issue and I recommend it highly.

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