Author Archives: Ben

February Reads, Part 1

Forgiveness, by Leah Cypress (Asimovs February) is a thoughtful and well-characterised YA story of relationship violence, and the impact on the mental state of the victim. It’s a smart, emotionally complicated story. The Sound of Useless Wings by Cecil Castellucci (tor.com) … Continue reading

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January stats

Just in case anyone is interested, a couple of stats. During January, we recorded 213 short stories published in the venues we follow. Of those, I’ve read or partly read 73. The distribution of my scores for the stories I’ve … Continue reading

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January Reads, Part 3

I enjoyed Headwater LLC, by Sequoia Nagamatsu (Lightspeed), a sad fantasy story about a young girl who discovers a group of mythic creatures and winds up being the cause of their enslavement. Gentle and well-characterised, with some nice fantasy touches. … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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January Reads Part 1

So it’s the new year! Welcome to 2015, gentle reader. (/s?)   Here are a couple of stories I’ve enjoyed in the very early stages of the year.   Ninety-Five Percent Safe by Caroline Yoachim (Asimovs January) A sad YA-feeling … Continue reading

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*tap tap* Is this blog still working? It’s been a while, right? Is anyone still following it, or did you all lose it when bloglines shut? I’ve suddenly found myself reading short fiction again, after a long break. So I … Continue reading

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Is it May already then?

How time flies! I intended to post an update once a month but a couple of months seem to have flown by. In any case, here are a few of the stories I’ve enjoyed since my last post:   Stiltskin… … Continue reading

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