And now to caught up on everything that I put aside in order to do that! Let's start by mentioning Rose Lemberg's terrific story, Geddarien, now up at Fantasy Magazine. This month brings a passle of good stuff: next week Sarah Saab presents "A Trail of Demure Virgins" followed by Daniel Homan's "The Queen of Hearts", and another classic fantasy reprint. Plus! We have a holiday bonus story that will be appearing, Carol Lanham's whimsical "Keepity Keep".
In “The Fisherman’s Child,” Cat Rambo’s opening hooks readers immediately, reeling us in by a narrative voice that is strong yet tender, one that evokes a feeling of nostalgia as well as a sense of recognition. In the very first lines, Rambo manages to awaken our sympathies for a girl whose talent for fishing is unacknowledged by her own father:
The summer after his breakdown, the father spent his time fishing in the creek near a clear part of the morass. He caught whiskered catfish and hickory shad, grass carp and redfin pike. His daughter would follow him and sit crouched near the bank where he sat, watching the fishing pole’s tip with avid interest…she loved the outdoors and knew every tree in the bayou and the hollows where moss and orchids grew.
As the fisherman’s daughter strives to gain her father’s approval, he continues to ignore her. The father’s inner dialogue is telling as it reveals the struggle he feels with regard to his daughter. Told simply and beautifully, Rambo weaves her spell so well that even as we already feel the heartbreak coming on, we can’t bear to look away. “The Fisherman’s Child” is a standout in this issue, engaging the reader on all levels and providing us with a character we can identify with. It reminds us to not take those we love for granted. Highly recommended.And some love from Not if You Were the Last Short Story on Earth for "The Dewdrop Coffee Lounge", which appeared in Clockwork Phoenix. She mentions some stories from Fantasy Magazine there as well, Becca De La Rosa's Alphabet and Rachel Swirsky's Marrying the Sun.