Review of “Traditional” by Todd Wells

Richard sulks on the edge of the bed. Amber tries to cheer him up. It’s their wedding night. It was a beautiful wedding, nice and traditional. Amber chose a quaint little church. They rode in a horse-drawn carriage rather than a limo. There are only two more things left to do. Of course, these days,Continue reading “Review of “Traditional” by Todd Wells”

Review of “The Interview” by JR Gershen-Siegel

“So, how long have you wanted to hunt demons?” The question is put to the narrator by the head of the agency. This is an unusual question at a job interview, but this is not a typical job interview. Over a lunch of Fettuccine Alfredo and Chicken Marsala, the unnamed narrator responds, “Since I wasContinue reading “Review of “The Interview” by JR Gershen-Siegel”

Review of “Nothing To Sneeze At” by jez patterson

Gina is gone. She’d been experiment with trying to make herself invisible. Now she was, in the words of her husband, Mark, “a cloud of sentient, living matter.” He and Gina’s sister Felicity enter the room in contamination suits. Mark explains they’re working on ways to contain her, to funnel her, to communicate with her.Continue reading “Review of “Nothing To Sneeze At” by jez patterson”

Review of “Three Reasons Why Your Experimental Planet Needs Humans” by Intisar Khanani

This story reads like advertising copy for those seeking to buy their own play planet. It’s unlikely the owners will visit the planet but will observe the doings on it, like a kid with an ant farm. The reader can conclude the creatures who would invest in such projects are not afraid to spend moneyContinue reading “Review of “Three Reasons Why Your Experimental Planet Needs Humans” by Intisar Khanani”

Review of “Cobalt Revolt” by Mitchell McGovern

This brief tale presents the reader with the view from a machine mining for various metals. Its humans have neglected their mechanic workforce: “Fingers snap, and circuits break, but why spend the credits to repair when a replacement is cheaper?” The resentment the machine feel has turned to despair and hatred. It is in theContinue reading “Review of “Cobalt Revolt” by Mitchell McGovern”

Review of “Mourning Melanie” by Ronald Schulte

Gloria wakes to the sound of the teakettle whistling. She didn’t mean to fall asleep. She’s just tired from the funeral. Alone now, she can curl up under a blanket with a cup of tea and relax. She’s run out of her favorite tea. This is a homemade gift, one of many snacks, desserts, andContinue reading “Review of “Mourning Melanie” by Ronald Schulte”

Review of “Leaving Earth for Love” by Irene Montaner

The Fermi Paradox, the reader is told, is resolved when aliens hijack Tinder. Most people assumed the odd profiles were a joke. However, one lonely girl in a Scottish suburb made a connection. Her date could have passed for human even with his rows of sharp teeth were it not for the cone on hisContinue reading “Review of “Leaving Earth for Love” by Irene Montaner”

Review of “Autumn Woman” by Michael Greenhut

The unnamed narrator tells the reader she doesn’t need her “policewoman training” to see what would soon cause the footage to cut out. She notices a woman, dressed for fall when everyone is dressed for the heat of summer. Not only are her clothes out of season, but they’re also out of date. She looksContinue reading “Review of “Autumn Woman” by Michael Greenhut”

Review of “The Multiverse of Michael Merriweather” by Stephen S. Power

This is not as much a story as it is a montage of Michael Merriweather’s different lives. Is he aware of them? It’s unclear. While many of the lives are the same in many ways, there are also great differences in career and in education. He and his wife always marry. They meet in gradContinue reading “Review of “The Multiverse of Michael Merriweather” by Stephen S. Power”

Review of “John Granger” by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Susy Lorton has just turned down John Granger’s marriage proposal. She hopes they can remain friends. John’s heart is broken. His lease on the old farm of Friarsgate is up. He’d planned to renew it and make her mistress of the place—oh. There’s someone else, he realizes. She admits as much. Robert Ashley. Well, JohnContinue reading “Review of “John Granger” by Mary Elizabeth Braddon”