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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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The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington by Phenderson Djèlí Clark

Illustration by Odera Igbokwe. Follow the link to the story at Fireside Magazine

I recently saw a post about the nominees for the 2019 Locus Award. One of the Locus Awards is given for short stories. I checked and can access all of the nominees, so I thought I’d read and review them all. Since they’re awarded in June, I might even get them all reviewed before I find out who the winner is. Maybe. Anyways, here’s my first review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award. This story was also nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Short Story Awards.

Published: February, 2018 in Fireside Magazine

Genre: urban historical fiction

Setting: a United States with mythological creatures and magic, around the Revolutionary War time (late 1700s)

Summary: Short version: The person’s story behind each tooth George Washington acquires Continue reading

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The Guitar Hero by Maria Haskins

This was in a podcast I listened to this week. I enjoyed the story and thought I’d share, since I’m not currently reading a short story collection.

Published: Spring 2018 in Kaliedotrope, and reprinted as an audio story at Podcastle in April, 2019. Follow either link to read the story

Genre: urban fantasy

Setting: backstage to a concert, present day

Summary: Short version: Jackie and Alice exorcise a genie from a famous rock guitarist Continue reading

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