Review of “Fresh Air and Ice Cream” by Rick McQuiston

Plot: Bobby has spent so much time in front of the television playing video games, his face has grown gaunt. He finally talked his mom into buying him the game Extinguish the Light. A brilliant flash of light nearly blinds him. It’s only his mom, pulling back the curtain. She tells him she wants himContinue reading “Review of “Fresh Air and Ice Cream” by Rick McQuiston”

Review of YouTube Short “Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss”

Plot: This amusing and enjoyable short depicts the fireworks that erupt when the Ronderos’ son Jerry (Anthony James Hernandez) comes home from college for a visit. Mom Veronica (“Ronnie”), played by Adria K. Woomer-Hernandez, lays down the law to her husband Guillermo (Juan Carlos Hernandez): no talking, not even whispering, about politics. …Which means, ofContinue reading “Review of YouTube Short “Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss””

Review of “Dreams Do Come True” by Peggy Gerber

Plot: Sofia was painfully shy as a child. They called her condition selective mutism. She tells the reader that when someone would come up to her and her mom when they were out walking, she’d dart behind her mom’s legs. Her dolls and stuffed toys were her friends, but she wasn’t lonely. They had lovelyContinue reading “Review of “Dreams Do Come True” by Peggy Gerber”

Review of “The Red Expansion” by Matt Nagel

Plot: LM081018 is a non-sentient robot tasked with highway maintenance, a job it has been performing faithfully for millennia. This morning, as the growing sun rises over the horizon and recharges its batteries, LM081018’s temperature gauge registers 75 degrees Celsius. The robot once had rain gages, but since all earth’s water has long boiled away,Continue reading “Review of “The Red Expansion” by Matt Nagel”

Review of “The Hole” by K. N. George

Plot: James has been having recurring dreams involving six-eyed monsters and his death. These freak him out. He doesn’t know why. Dreams can’t kill, and six-eyed monsters don’t exist. He attributes the nightmares and their effect on him to childhood memories of bullies beating him nearly to death. He tells himself he needs to seeContinue reading “Review of “The Hole” by K. N. George”

Review of “Some Form of Contact” by Marie Vibbert

Plot: Jody climbs up to the apartment roof, followed by Mick, the hottest guy in the apartment complex. Instead of paying attention to her, he sits down on an air conditioner housing and pulls out his phone. “This is the perfect place to watch invasion footage uninterrupted,” he tells her. The alien ships have appearedContinue reading “Review of “Some Form of Contact” by Marie Vibbert”

Review of “The Death of Bees” by Avra Margariti

Plot: The unnamed narrator has an online girlfriend, Anastasia, who is writing an essay about the population depletion of bees. When the narrator looks out her (?) bedroom window, she sees fuzzy insects landing on the lilacs. Homeschooled, she later asks her parents why the bees on their property seem to be thriving. This questionContinue reading “Review of “The Death of Bees” by Avra Margariti”

Review of “The Unicorn Keeper” by Mary E. Lowd

There is no plot in this short work, only a portrait of a put-upon unicorn keeper. Amilioona, the unicorn, has dainty gleaming, tufted—perfect— hooves which gleam “the same sparkling shade of white as a hillside of snow in the sun.” Those dainty hooves manage to kick the slop bucket over regardless of where the keeperContinue reading “Review of “The Unicorn Keeper” by Mary E. Lowd”

Review of “Kill Switch” by A. P. Howell

This is more of an essay. There isn’t a plot as such. The reader is told that what is referred to as a “kill switch” is more complicated than a single switch. What is referred to as a gene is more complicated than a single gene. “That’s the history of genetics right there. Applying chosenContinue reading “Review of “Kill Switch” by A. P. Howell”

Review of “The Castle of Wine and Clouds” by Jenny Rae Rappaport

Plot: “It begins with the Tyrant,” the reader is told. When the war is over, and a new king is crowned, the people are secure. They overlook the gradual eroding of less consequential rights. People disappear in the night. In the country, among those who work the land, the memory that things were ever differentContinue reading “Review of “The Castle of Wine and Clouds” by Jenny Rae Rappaport”