Catching up…catching up…
50. “Botanical Exercises for Curious Girls” by Kali Wallace (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2011)
This was a good story. It was beautifully written, the setting and characters unique and interesting, and I was satisfied by the ending. Yay!
51. “Ping” by Dixie Wragg (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2011)
I was a bit reluctant to include this as a short story; however, it is listed as such in the table of contents, and so I do include it. It is 21 words long. Besides being slightly embarrassed that I don’t really get it, there’s also the fact that I have trouble defining these clever little micro-flash fiction snippets as true short stories. However, it is a quick, thought-provoking read (even if I don’t really get it), and to its credit, it is indicated below its entry that it was “first published as an honorable mention entry in The Washington Post‘s weekly humor contest, ‘The Style Invitational,’ Dec. 4, 2010.” 😉
52. “The Ifs of Time” by James Stoddard (The Magazine of Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2011)
This was like five stories wrapped up in one big short story burrito…and all the more tasty for all the layers. I especially liked the ethereal feel of Lady Chandless’s story of Ahn and Shushana, who “had come to the Cinnamon Sea to cease.” I love Stoddard’s language, and I love this story.
53. “Samantha’s Diary” by Diana Wynne Jones (“Stories: All-New Tales” Edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio)
A quirky story of a woman plagued by the outrageous gifts of a wealthy admirer. An enjoyable, fun read.
EDIT (4/2/11): I was saddened to hear of Diana Wynne Jones’s recent passing. Neil Gaiman writes of his friendship with her here.