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Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet – No. 23
Edited by Gavin J. Grant
Cover Artist: Kevin Huizenga
Review by Sam Tomaino
Small Beer Press  ISBN/ITEM#: 1544-7782
Date: 24 December 2008

Links: Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet / Pub Info / Table of Contents /

Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet #23 is here with stories by Nick Wolven, Kat Meade, Susan Wardle, Jodi Lynn Villers, Daniel Lanza, Alex Wilson, Kirstin Allio, William Alexander, Mark Rich, and Angela Slatter.

Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, the magazine I would call the most literary of those I review is here with #23. This issue is very entertaining.

The issue begins with "The LoveSling" by Nick Wolven. Andrew and Amy open a package that contains "The LoveSling…a dramatic, new tool for mega love increasement". Figuring out how to use it is difficult, at first, but things do eventually get going in this wildly, fun tale.

The next story is pretty amusing, too. "The Emily(s) Debate the Impact of Reclusivity on Life, Art, Family, Community and Pets" by Kat Meade is an account of a personal appearance on a stage by Emily Dickinson and Emily Brontë. Such an appearance by these two spinsters turns out about how you would expect in this brilliant satire.

Susan Wardle's "The Chance" is the tale of a grim future in which war has apparently destroyed most machines. Old Ma Wheatley takes care of two orphans, Sally and Jem, as they work her farm. Her prodigal son, Harris, returns and they start to get a locomotive working but that is a mixed blessing in this very effective story.

The narrator of "In the Name of the Mother" by Jodi Lynn Villers tries to dissuade her daughter from embracing religion but fails and finds her own way in this wry story.

In "Holden Caulfield Doesn't Love Me" by Daniel Lanza, a man wishes that character into existence in hopes of finding love. Holden then wishes up Eliza Bennett from Pride and Prejudice and she wishes up another until there is a whole house of literary characters. The narrator finally leaves in search of love in this well-told piece.

Alex Wilson follows with "A Wizard of MapQuest" a funny combination of travel directions and gaming. Kirstin Allio's "Marie and Roland" is an okay story of a man trying to live a satisfied life.

The lead character of "Ana's Tag" by William Alexander is a young girl who tries to make sense out of the magic in her world. She has a cat backpack that seems to have a life of its own and her brother becomes involved with strange forces. This was a very good little fantasy.

John Weeks is the lead character in "The Leap" by Mark Rich. His life has taken a bad turn when his wife disappears. He finds a way to cope in this haunting tale.

Last of all, Angela Slatter contributes "The Girl with No Hands". Lucifer tricks a man into giving him his daughter but her purity make things difficult. Lucifer tries every trick in the book in yet another well-told fantasy.

This issue combines literary quality and good storytelling very effectively. I highly recommend it.

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