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The Boy Who Was Mistaken for a Fairy King by H.L. Fullerton

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher in return for my honest review. It comes from Annorlunda Press, who specializes in entertaining books that make you think. The book was published today.

Published: today! 2019

Genre: fantasy novella

Length: 122 pages

Setting: the Catskills, NY, present day

Summary: Short version: Carl seems to be usurping the erlking’s role, which leads to consequences Continue reading

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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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Cold Case by Jim Butcher

I’m slowly making my way through Jim Butcher’s collection of short stories, Brief Cases. This is the ninth story in that collection.

Published: originally in 2016 in the anthology Shadowed Souls

Genre: urban fantasy short story

Length: 48 pages

Setting: in the town of Unalaska, Alaska, after the events of Ghost Story

Summary: Short version: Mab sends Molly, as the Winter Lady, to collect tribute from the Miksani Continue reading

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I Was a Teenage Bigfoot by Jim Butcher

I’m slowly making my way through Jim Butcher’s collection of short stories, Brief Cases. This is the fourth story in that collection, and the second involving Irwin, the bigfoot scion.

Published: originally in 2012 in Blood Lite III: Aftertaste, a collection of horror short stories

Genre: urban fantasy short story

Length: 28 pages

Summary: Short version: Dresden is hired to see why Irwin, the offspring of a Bigfoot, is sick Continue reading

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B is for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher

I’m slowly making my way through Jim Butcher’s collection of short stories, Brief Cases. This is the second story in that collection.

Published: originally in 2012 in the short story collection Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron edited by Jonathan Strahan

Genre: urban fantasy short story

Length: 32 pages

Setting: Chicago, present day, between the events of Fool Moon and Grave Peril (according to Butcher’s introduction to the story

Summary: Short version: Dresden has to teach a scion of Bigfoot how to protect himself Continue reading

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A Fistful of Warlocks by Jim Butcher

Mr. Curiosity found a new Jim Butcher Dresden Files book of short stories (Brief Cases) while we were on vacation. He convinced me we needed a copy. I am going to try to restrain myself and read one a week for a while. We’ll see how long that lasts before I break down and read them all in a row.

Published: originally in 2017 in Straight Outta Tombstone

Genre: weird western short story

Length: 28 pages

Setting: Dodge City, Kansas, late 1800s

Summary: Short version: Anastasia Luccio goes after some warlocks in Dodge City with the help of Wyatt Earp Continue reading

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Squire by Tamora Pierce

This is the third book in the Protector of the Small series. I needed something a bit lighter to read, and this fit the bill (and was in the house).

Published: 2001

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 390 pages of story, 412 pages total

Setting: various locations in Tortall, 456-459, just after the events of Page

Summary: Short version: Kel’s adventures as squire to Lord Raoul Continue reading

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