"Children of Frogs," by Morgan Crooks is the Daily Science Fiction story for Sunday, February 2nd, 2014. In less than 1,000 words Crooks manages to convey a lifetime of pain, the context of innovation and the grounding of humanity in science. No matter how much science adds to our lives, human stories like this one will be relevant. Brilliant, ambiguous and sensitive, this story is highly recommended. DSF distributes their stories through email first, then posts them on the site within the week following.
In "Ever Before Me," by R M Graves David is a husband who realizes that he has lost part of his wife to another man. Whether her physical affectations she displays for the choir partner indicate actual infidelity (as echoed by the lyrics) or merely misguided thoughts, David realizes the challenge before him. He needs to work to understand the reality behind what he is witnessing. It's a terrifying moment for a man to readjust his expectations about just how many of his wife's needs are going to be met outside the home, and whether he can / should support that formula. Highly recommended.
In celebration of well-written stories that start on page 44, I've dug up Rick's story from BartlebySnopes.com called "Buck's Barbershop" for review. The narrative flows easily and the barber is just creepy enough to keep the reader guessing. This is not a speculative fiction piece, or at least it's not in a Sci-Fi journal... So the ending comes off edgy and satisfying. Well worth a read.
The Have You Seen My Girl? by Brent C. Smith is the dailysciencefiction.com for January 22, 2014 and should be posted on DSF in a few days. I felt this was one of the better pieces at DSF in a while. It's immersive, poignant and well-thought out. The inspiration is perfect and stands up to a re-read immediately.
Oh, this is always a fun topic in which to find humor and Giovanni Valentino hits the mark in "Difficult Subject" Highly recommended. Wish I wrote it.
Bartleby Snopes has selected an excellent recollection of childhood memory in the short story, "The Stana Yurich Snatching," by Refe Tuma (@RefeUp) The story is economical in its verse and holds up well to first person narrative. I found myself reading it aloud as an old man recalling a childhood memory. Highly recommended.
I was honored to finish, "Reservation Blues," (1995) by Sherman Alexie, his first novel. Esoteric and unique, wistful. Highly recommended.
"The Way of Kings," by Brandon Sanderson has been an epic journey for me. It took me a few short weeks as a 36-disc audio book, oddly the longest book I've completed. To say that I so thoroughly enjoyed this is an understatement. It is complete, engaging, and not a word wasted. When I think of the characters here, I realize that we live entire lives appreciating the few moments we have that define our experience. This book captures that for more than one character here. Highly recommended.
Touching and soulful.Treads a delicate topic well and helps well-written characters with weakness find strength, a sense of belonging in the world, even as they are not part of it. "Washing the Dead," by Dean Kisling (Sep, 2011) is very respectful of tradition. Reasonably complex narrative that rings clear and realistic. Reminds me of the depth found in Khaled Houseini's work. Highly Recommended.
I enjoyed a piece today over at Bartleby Snopes: "The Ninja," by Delancey Stewart (Mar, 2013) It's a struggle to understand the black sheep in the family. The author exercises her ability to depict the perennially awkward moments that our family and customs seems to require that we inflict on each other. Recommended.
Christopher Garry was born in Illinois. He lives outside Seattle with family and pets.