Short Story Monday: “Fair Ladies” by Theodora Goss

I was enchanted by the mix of realism and fantasy in “Fair Ladies” by Theodora Goss. The story starts of in a slightly unconventional way, at least in my opinion. Rudolph Arnheim’s father, the Baron, announces that he has found a mistress for his son, who in his father’s opinion …

Review: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

(Suggested reading level: Grades 4-8) I actually borrowed The Red Pyramid from my daughter, and I definitely enjoyed it. The story centers around a pair of siblings, Carter and Sadie, whose world is thrown upside down the night they watch their father blow up the Rosetta Stone and be captured …

Short Story Monday: “Still Life (A Sexagesimal Fairy Tale)” by Ian Tregillis

I was in tears through the second half of “Still Life (A Sexagesimal Fairy Tale)” by Ian Tregillis, available to read online at Apex magazine. This fantasy story takes place in a town that exists outside of time. It had slipped into the chasm between tick and tock, to land …

Short Story Monday: Ponies by Kij Johnson

I read another Nebula nominee today, “Ponies” by Kij Johnson, available on-line here at Tor.com. It’s an awful little story, not because it’s badly written, but the end made me cover my mouth in horror. In this world, every girl has a pony with wings, a unicorn horn and a …

Short Story Monday: “The Green Book” by Amal El-Mohtar

I know I’ve fallen in love with characters in a few of the books I’ve read over the years. But then the story’s over and I move on to my next crush. It’s not so in “The Green Book” by Amal El-Mohtar. The piece starts out with a description of …