I have no idea how I found The Future Fire – I bet it was a tweet. It is not a magazine I have read anything else from. But the story was good and it was free so I am quite likely to read more from there.
Title: Chicks in Chainmail
Editor: Esther M. Friesner
Short story anthology
Genre: Humor, fantasy, portal fantasy, magic realism, feminism, fairytale, historical fantasy, fairytales, metafiction, mythology, high fantasy, epic fantasy,
I just got Chicks in Chainmail in the mail today, I ordered it after reading Tansy Rayner Roberts great post On Influence. I wanted to read some of the older works in the genre (this is 20 years old by now) so I decided to order it. I am reading the stories as part of my 100 Short Stories in 2014 challenge.
Don’t let the cover fool you, this is a feminist book, but it is is feminism with a big smile on it’s face and a wink. It is clever and it is funny.
I know lots of people love magical realism, but it just isn’t my thing. Spooky stories where the superstition might and might not be real, it just don’t do it for me. Decide one way or the other author, please. It might just be, that I am pretty darn sure that non of it is real in our world. I’m not religious, I don’t knock on wood and I have never seen or heard anything like a ghost, so it just don’t interest me. I do however love stories where the magic is undoubtedly real, where the Fay are hiding among us, where wizard children gets letter on their eleventh birthday etc. But I don’t like the stories where there might possibly be something.
As you might have guessed this ids one of theses. I like the voice in the story and the mood as well, but the story itself did nothing for me.
Title: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 7
Published: April 18th 2013 by Night Shade Books
Format: Short Story Anthology
Read: August 16th 2013 –
Status: First reading
Genre: Urban fantasy, fantasy, science fiction, horror, steampunk, weird fiction, magic realism etc.