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The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society by T. Kingfisher

Now that I finished my book of short stories, I need a new source of short stories to review on Mondays. I thought I’d finish reviewing the short stories that were nominated for the Hugo Awards. I got all the Locus Award nominees reviewed, so it’s on to another award.

Published: some time in 2018 at Uncanny Magazine, where you can either read or listen to the story for free

Genre: fantasy short story

Setting: fairyland and the British Isles, some time ago

Summary: Short version: Rose MacGregor’s fairy lovers meet to remember her

Long version: The story is told as a series of reminiscences between a group of fae. Each on of them was Rose MacGregor’s lover at some point. They’re all used to loving and leaving behind a woman who pines after them. Instead they’re pining after Rose, even the pooka and the bull selkie. She used them all soundly, usually enticing them with a story about a lost sheep, and then sent them on their way.

Final thoughts: Oh such a fun story. Definitely for the adults among us, since all the sex is implied. If you’re too young and read the story, you’re going to miss most of the underlying threads since it’s all innuendo. Kingfisher (who is the pseudonym of Ursula Vernon when she’s writing for adults) puts in delightful bits of humor like this line:

“Excuse me! I am a pooka! We drown people! None of this waiting around for them to die of a broken heart! We are efficient!”

I’ve reread the story three more times just writing this review and it continues to be delightful. There’s even a bit at the end where we meet Rose in her 60s with a granddaughter who can probably trace her lineage back to the selkie. Go do yourself a favor and check it out – it’s short and free online.

Title comes from: A group of fae get together every year and drink to the memory of Rose MacGregor

 

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Spectrum of Acceptance by Nyla Bright

This was an EscapePod episode that I loved so much, I decided to write it up.

Published: July, 2019 on EscapePod (you can either listen to or read the story at that link)

Genre: science fiction

Setting: Acceptance, a human colony on an exoplanet, future

Summary: Short version: A neurotypical immigrant from Earth doesn’t adjust well to life on Acceptance Continue reading

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How Long ’til Black History Month by N. K. Jemisin

I had picked up this collection to read two Locus Award nominee for short stories. I enjoyed them so much I got sucked into reading the rest of the collection.

Published: 2018 for the collection, 2004-2017 for the individual stories

Genre: science fiction and fantasy

Length: 397 pages

SummaryShort version: A collection of Jemisin’s short stories. I’ll summarize each one briefly Continue reading

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Firelight by Ursula K. Le Guin

This is my next review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award.

Published: Summer, 2018 in Paris Review (you can read half of the story at the link provided)

Genre: fantasy short story

Setting: in the world of A Wizard of Earthsea, after that series is over

Summary: Only part of the story is available for free, so I just have a short review for it. The story seems to be about Ged reviewing the highlights of his life, not that he’s old. Continue reading

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The Court Magician by Sarah Pinsker

This is my next review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award. This story was also nominated for the Nebula and Hugo Short Story awards (another trifecta story).

Published: January, 2018 in Lightspeed Magazine, and as a podcast at PodCastle in May, 2019 (both are still available online for free at the links provided)

Genre: fantasy short story

Setting: a medieval technology city

Summary: Short version: A boy learns that doing real magic as a Court Magician requires sacrifice Continue reading

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A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies by Alix E. Harrow

Green sea turtle in Graham’s Harbor

This is my next review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award. This story was also nominated for the Nebula and Hugo Short Story awards.

Published: February, 2018 in Apex Magazine (read for free online at that link)

Genre: fantasy

Setting: a rural South library, present day

Summary: Short version: A librarian has to decide if she will give a boy the locked away book he needs. Continue reading

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STET by Sarah Gailey

A nimble spray crab seen on San Salvador

This is my next review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award.

Published: October, 2018 in Fireside Magazine (you can read it for free at that link)

Genre: science fiction short story

Setting: near future

Summary: An abstract on autonomous vehicles reveals the death of the author’s child in the footnotes Continue reading

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