Clarkesworld issue 96Title: Weather
Author: Susan Palwick
Genre: Science fiction

This is the part of my 100 Short Stories in 2014 challenge.

I listened to this as the podcast and I think part of the impact of the story had to do with Kate’s introduction and comments at the end. So I can recommend this format. As always Kate does a great job reading these stories – which she apparently do cold.

Because this is a short story it is hard to talk about it without spoiling it. So be warned.

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Velveteen vs. The Multiverse

Velveteen vs. The Multiverse Title: Velveteen vs. The Multiverse 
Series: Velveteen vs. book 2
Genre: Superhero fiction, humor

I reviewed book 1, Velveteen vs. The Junior Super Patriots, last year and you can read my review here.

Like with the first book and Cookie Cutter Superhero by Tansy Rayner Roberts this book is very much metafictional and it has so much love for the superhero genre. Both Roberts and McGuire understand that loving something allows you to look at something critical without that diminishing your love for it. The best satire always comes from a place of passion – because it requires a great amount of passion to acquire the level of knowledge it requires to really highlight the most funny and problematic areas of what you love. The Velveteen stories does just that.

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Reading: Help Fund my Robot Army!!!

Help Fund my Robot ArmyTitle:  Help Fund my Robot Army!!! & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects
Editor:  John Joseph Adams
Short story anthology
Genre: eh

This collection is really an outrage idea. All of the stories are fake Kickstarter projects with fantastical or science fiction elements. Each story is presented as if it was a Kickstarter pitch. And of course the project was funded by a kickstarter… which I supported. How meta is that!

Part of the fun of this collection is knowing the format and the ways in which the stories plays with that format. In the following I will comment on the stories that interested me.

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The Goblin Emperor

17910048Title: The Goblin Emperor
Author: Katherine Addison
Genre: Epic fantasy

Let me start by saying, wow, just wow. The Goblin Emperor is good enough that I am buying a paper copy so that I may lend it to friends. This is just how I want my epic fantasy. Great world-building, political intrigue and lots of it, interpersonal relationships of all kinds, drama, a mystery and quality writing. It has now been a few days since I finished reading The Goblin Emperor and I am still in love with the story.

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Reading: Kaleidoscope

22029529Title:  Kaleidoscope
Editor:  Julia RiosAlisa Krasnostein
Short story anthology
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, urban fantasy, horror, magical realism

Crowdfunded project that I have supported among with many other people. The anthology gathers original fantasy and science fiction stories about diverse young adult protagonists. And they use the word diverse to cover a broad spectrum of genders, sexuality, ethnicity, ability and everything from neurotypical to protagonists that isn’t. The authors themself are also quite diverse.

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