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The Cryptid • 2021 • Fantasy novelette by Emil Hjörvar Petersen

Synopsis: Nyradur Njalsson is a cryptozoologist, searching for a mythological snake in Iceland’s Lagar River. Aldis, a dwarf helps her with her copper-red submarine.  This is her last chance to get a proof of the snake. Her equipment is getting … Continue reading

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Sorrowland • 2021 • Superhero novel by Rivers Solomon

Synopsis: Vern is a pregnant Black teenage woman somewhere in the East of U.S.A. She flees from the repressive religious Cainite sect into the wild where she lives self-sustained from the woods. Her strength and endurance is remarkable, slightly supernatural … Continue reading

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The Tomato Thief • 2016 • Magical realism novelette by Ursula Vernon

Synopsis: Grandma Harken is back, after the issue with the Jackalope Wives. She lives alone on the edge of the desert, because that’s were the tomatoes grow best. She can hardly wait for this season’s ripe tomatoes, laid out on … Continue reading

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2021 Locus Award Finalists: Novels, Novellas, Novelettes, Short Stories

The 2021 Locus Awards Finalists have been announced ! They’ve been voted by anyone on an open public ballot. There is no final round of voting, and the winners will be announced at 26.06.2021. I extract only a few categories … Continue reading

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A Dead Djinn in Cairo • 2016 • Steampunk novelette by Phenderson Djèlí Clark

This is my second entry for May, the month of Wyrd&Wonder.  Synopsis: Egypt, 1912, an alternate history where Djinns, Angels, and other supernatural entities got through a portal some 40 years ago to Cairo, together with all their magic and … Continue reading

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The Angel of Khan el-Khalili • 2017 • Steampunk short story by Phenderson Djèlí Clark

This is my first entry for May, the month of Wyrd&Wonder.  Synopsis: In the alternate early twentieth-century Cairo setting, the unnamed narrator wants to find the eponymous angel. Her sister Aisha is heavily injured in a fire of their employer’s … Continue reading

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Rereading the Wheel of Time – Progress Report 3

About the project A buddy read with my daughter: Rereading the Wheel of Time series, one chapter every other day plus talking about it. That’s partly motivated by the upcoming Amazon Prime TV series, and my daughter’s fascination with Brandon … Continue reading

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Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunuagbon • 2020 • Science Fantasy novella by  Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki

Synopsis:  In a post-apocalyptic Africa, the city Ife-Iyoku is protected by a shield against the nuclear fall out. People developed psi mutations, mostly depending on their gender. There are seers, feelers, light weavers etc. who all have to be useful, … Continue reading

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Little Free Library • 2020 • Magical Realism short story by Naomi Kritzer

Synopsis: Meigan operates a “Little Free Libary” which is a sheltered box outside where you can put in books that others might want and others can put in theirs – a kind of community exchange in one’s neighborhood.  She initially … Continue reading

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The Four Profound Weaves • 2020 • Fantasy novella by R.B. Lemberg

The Four Profound Weaves. A carpet of wind, a carpet of sand, a carpet of song, and a carpet of bones. Change, wanderlust, hope, and death. Synopsis: The Four Profound Weaves follows a nameless man and Uiziya, two 63 years … Continue reading

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