Saturday, July 8, 2017

A Nest of Ghosts, a House of Birds, by Kat Howard

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(Modern Fantasy) Luna inherits her late grandmother’s house if she lives there for a year. She finds it full of birds that only she can see—and they’re trying to talk to her. (4,550 words; Time: 15m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas), appeared in issue 17, published on .

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Pro: The imagery is very vivid.

The plot is complete: Luna figures out how the ghosts work, and she makes peace with her mother.

Con: The characters are lifeless. There ought to be an emotional punch when Luna’s mom agrees to come visit, but the scene falls flat.

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3 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Although the story was quite understated I certainly felt the ending had a sense of significance and closure. A nice piece.

    1. This is one I'd give an "honorable mention" if we had such a category.