January Reads, Part 2

The Apartment Dweller’s Bestiary by Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld) is a list of imaginary pets, pests and other creatures that share the apartments of people. It’s not so much a story as it is a snapshot of various moments and feelings. It’s a nicely written, evocative story.

Sometimes there’s an element of sychronicity in a  writer’s career. Every so often a writer seems to come out of nowhere and suddenly they appear to be everywhere. It’s partly perception, of course. And it helps if they have as memorable a name as Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam.

I enjoyed He Came from a Place of Openness and Truth (Lightspeed), a real-feeling love story about two young guys, one of whom is an alien. Some lovely relationship moments.

Even more enjoyable was her story, Nostalgia, in the January issue of Interzone. It’s a story about a young woman and her addiction to a nostalgia drug. As with the previous story, it’s not so much what happens as how it’s told that makes the story stand out. Believable relationships and some interesting gender concepts, written with a subtle but powerful touch. Moving.

Definitely a writer I’ll be keeping an eye out for!

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