cumuluscastle: (slithytove)
From this list of the Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Here are some more stories I really enjoyed:

The Contrary Gardener by Christopher Rowe: Kay Lynne keeps a small garden in this futuristic tale. She is very meek and quiet and intimidated by her father. She just wants to be left alone in her own little house to tend her garden.

Immersion by Aliette de Bodard: This story takes place in a future where people use technology to filter the world around them and give them social cues so that they can perfectly fit in at every sort of social event, only this fluency comes with a cost.

The Education of a Witch by Ellen Klages: What if a little girl feels neglected by her parents? What if she sympathizes with the witch and not the princess?

Swift, Brutal Retaliation by Meghan McCarron: This story ponders a more realistic treatment of an angry ghost. How do you appease this kind of spirit, especially when it has a penchant for twisted practical jokes?
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In the story, About Fairies by Pat Murphy, fairies are a little bit sinister and a little bit strange. They're urban fairies, living on the fringes, scraping an existence from mice and frogs.

TRIFFIDS

Nov. 14th, 2012 06:56 pm
cumuluscastle: (stubborn)
This story actually disappointed me a little. When I saw the word triffid, I opened the link right away. I love the absurdity of the triffid. Hungry man-eating plants that take advantage of a meteor shower to gnaw on humanity? Yes, please. However, the story is actually mostly about a different subject entirely. Still, it was an interesting story.

How to Make a Triffid by Kelly Lagor
cumuluscastle: (cicada)
Read The Dauntless Girl by Petra McQueen at Cabinet des Fees. This is an excellent short story about Tully Meadows, who's afeared of nothing alive nor dead! This fairy tale reminds me of all of those tales about clever girls who beat all the odds. It's a great little tale.
cumuluscastle: (flying sheep)
I've long enjoyed this blog, by Kate Winter, which identifies an archetype I really love in stories, the girl underground. The author identifies the archetype in some of my favourite stories, Alice in Wonderland, Pan's Labyrinth, The Labyrinth, The Perilous Gard, to name a few.

Today, Winter examines Spirited Away. I really enjoyed reading her discussion of the movie and remembered I haven't shared this blog here yet and that people might be interested, so, enjoy.

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