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Monday, October 9, 2017

And the Village Breathes, by Emily B. Cataneo

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(Fantasy Horror) Sleeping monsters keep turning up outside the village, and the villagers are making uncomfortable connections with Magda because she too hibernates for months at a time. (8,638 words; Time: 28m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Every Black Tree, by Natalia Theodoridou

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(Fantasy Adventure) Tired of immortality, Pentheas seeks the one tree that can hang him. Eternally pregnant, Serah seeks an end to it one way or another. So they’re going to work together. Somehow. (4,486 words; Time: 14m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Crispin's Model, by Max Gladstone

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(Eldritch Horror) Delilah makes some money modeling, and Crispin offers twice what anyone else does. He never lets her look at the works in progress, though. He has his reasons. (7,929 words; Time: 26m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Impressive, Entertaining, Thoughtful

The Murders of Molly Southbourne, by Tade Thompson

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(Horror) Molly has an affliction: whenever she bleeds, the blood grows into duplicates of her. Duplicates who always want to kill her. (21,176 words; Time: 1h:10m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

See related articles on Tor.com.

The Case of the Mysterious Meat, by Kate Ingram

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(Slipstream) Is the Salisbury Steakhouse serving meat from their petting zoo? Detective Mauve means to find out. (815 words; Time: 02m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

My Struggle, by Lavie Tidhar

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(Alternate History) Adolph Hitler, a failing private investigator in London, tries to locate a relic alleged to be the spear that pierced the side of Christ. (7,786 words; Time: 25m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Tree of the Forest Seven Bells Turns the World Round Midnight, by Sheree Renée Thomas

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(Horror) Wilder’s girlfriend wants him to meet her mother. In the middle of the night, in the wetlands near the Mississippi river. (6,724 words; Time: 22m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

So Sings the Siren, by Annie Neugebauer

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(Horror) A little girl accompanies her mother to a performance by a “siren.” What does it really mean to suffer for your art? (1,180 words; Time: 03m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

Penelope Waits, by Dennis Danvers

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(Alien Abduction) Cindy’s boyfriend says alien’s abducted him, but she’s sure he was with another woman. Up until the aliens contact her too. (4,000 words; Time: 13m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Krace Is Not a Highway, by Scott Vanyur

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(Post Apocalypse) HiQIRR was built to rate national highways and report problems, but no one listens anymore. Only Krace, and he wants HiQIRR to look for other surviving humans. (1,018 words; Time: 03m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Short, Sweet, and Effective

Becoming, by Rachel Swirsky

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(Slipstream Humor) Megan has learned that being a vampire sucks, but it turns out there are worse things to be. (1,941 words; Time: 06m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

The Dragon of Dread Peak, by Jeremiah Tolbert

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(YA Portal Fantasy; Dungeonspace) Flip and his teenage friends accept a dangerous mission to steal from a dragon. They’re really too green to attempt this, the dragon is very old and powerful, and they’re falling behind on their trigonometry homework. (23,963 words; Time: 1h:19m)

Rating: ★★★★★ Fun, Exciting, and Touching

Although this can stand by itself, start with Cavern of the Screaming Eye.

What I Told My Little Girl About the Aliens Preparing to Grind Us Into Hamburgers, by Adam-Troy Castro

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(SF Horror) The narrator’s four-year-old asks uncomfortable questions about the holocaust that awaits the human race in just a few weeks. (2,472 words; Time: 08m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

Longing for Stars Once Lost, by A. Merc Rustad

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(Space Opera; Sun Lords of the Principality) Stuck on an inhospitable planet with his enemies closing in and his spaceship in dire need of repairs, Kitshan finds an unlikely source of help. (4,540 words; Time: 15m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Intro to Prom, by Genevieve Valentine

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(Post Apocalypse) The four teens are the last people left in their town, and they hold a prom night every few days—while trying to ignore that crack in the sky. (10,861 words; Time: 36m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Haunting

The Psychology Game, by Xia Jia

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(Near-Future SF) A TV show features a person and a therapist, and the audience tries to guess whether the therapist is human or an AI. (2,894 words; Time: 09m)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

The Last Boat-Builder in Ballyvoloon, by Finbarr O'Reilly

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(SF Horror) Meant to clear plastic from the sea, the artificial “squids” have put the oceans off-limits to humanity. Not everyone takes that lying down. (5,875 words; Time: 19m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

The Nightingales in Plátres, by Natalia Theodoridou

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(Generation Ship) Captain Yánnis needs to get the ship moving again, and then God gives him a message. (5,194 words; Time: 17m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Shattering

The Sum of Her Expectations, by Jack Skillingstead

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(SF Adventure) A tractor beam crashes Amrita on a forbidden planet that she just had to check out. Since no one is supposed to get close to it, she may have a long wait. (7,517 words; Time: 25m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Red Threads of Fortune, by JY Yang

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(Fantasy Adventure; Tensorate) Mokoya and her brother use their powerful magic to defend Bataanar from external attack which her mysterious new love interest may be involved with. (37,277 words; Time: 2h:04m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

This novella is #2 in the series, and readers are strongly advised to start with the first one. See related articles on Tor.com.