Uncanny Magazine Issue 6: September/October 2015 PDF



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  1. karen karen says:

    before the boilerplate, i just gotta say i hate how all the individual short stories on here recently got absorbed into these anthology collections because now i have to go back and fix all my reviews to reflect which story i actually read, and the ratings will be inaccurate and it s all just bananas it is ruining my advent calendar s goodreads grinchreads.so those five stars are for the only story i read in this collection, the orian s song by isabel yap okay, back to project WELCOME TO before the boilerplate, i just gotta say i hate how all the individual short stories on here recently got absorbed into these anthology collections because now i have to go back and fix all my reviews to reflect which story i actually read, and the ratings will be inaccurate and it s all just bananas it is ruining my advent calendar s goodreads grinchreads.so those five stars are for the only story i read in this collection, the orian s song by isabel yap okay, back to project WELCOME TO DECEMBER PROJECT last year, i carved out my own short story advent calendar as my project for december, and it was so much fun i decided to do it again this year so, each day during the month of december, i will be reading a short story and doing the barest minimum of a review because ain t no one got time for that and i m already so far behind in all the things however, i will be posting story links in case anyone wants to read the stories themselves and show off how maybe someone could have time for that here is a link to the first story in last year s project, in turn links to the whole monthlong project, in case you wanna do some free short story reading of your own links to the stories in this year s advent ure will be at the end of each review enjoy, and the happiest of decembers to you all DECEMBER 17She half smiles, sharp and dangerous Suddenly, you feel sick bile rising in your throat, tremors beneath your skin Her smile slices to your bone and reminds you that you are cruel, that you are part of the war that all this fighting is designed to break you apart, burn the world with innocents in its midst And she knows this She knows all of it It s in her dry lips and unblinking eyes all the poison in this nation of death.jeepers this is a story that does not care about you at all true, it is in second person, so there are two yous here, but i mean the you who is in the reader, in this case, me, although potentially you as well and the story doesn t care about the you who is a character, either where was i oh, yeah jeepers.i loved this, but it is cruel and bleak and full of japanese words i had to google i don t even know whatto say about it full disclosure i spent the day at the various malls of queens, and i m fairly depleted from the experience this story took what remained of my holiday spirit and inclination to see the goodwill in humanity and punched it in the gut so i give up i loved the story, but i don t have the wherewithal to do it justice tonight advent calendar ruined read it for yourself here 1DECEMBER 2DECEMBER 3DECEMBER 4DECEMBER 5DECEMBER 6DECEMBER 7DECEMBER 8DECEMBER 9DECEMBER 10DECEMBER 11DECEMBER 12DECEMBER 13DECEMBER 14DECEMBER 15DECEMBER 16DECEMBER 18DECEMBER 19DECEMBER 20DECEMBER 21DECEMBER 22DECEMBER 23DECEMBER 24DECEMBER 25DECEMBER 26DECEMBER 27DECEMBER 28DECEMBER 29DECEMBER 30DECEMBER 31


  2. Lostaccount Lostaccount says:

    An ebook of absolutely worthless, rubbishy fiction and nonsense articles Everything about this ebook annoyed me In the editorial it says a varied array of fantastic pieces starting with the awesome cover For a start, there s nothing awesome about the cover which looks sketchy and amateurish with its wonky rocket, and the fiction articles are some of the worst barely readable crap I ve come across in ages About the fiction I won t say muchthan I couldn t read any of the stories to An ebook of absolutely worthless, rubbishy fiction and nonsense articles Everything about this ebook annoyed me In the editorial it says a varied array of fantastic pieces starting with the awesome cover For a start, there s nothing awesome about the cover which looks sketchy and amateurish with its wonky rocket, and the fiction articles are some of the worst barely readable crap I ve come across in ages About the fiction I won t say muchthan I couldn t read any of the stories to the end because they were just so dull and awkwardly written Most of them made no sense at all to me None of them seemed to know what they were And the articles were badly written and constructed, every one of them Just a taste from an article about Toxic Masculinity what women are being tossed into figurative fridges left and right while a nice chunk of Man Pain thaws on the countertop Really I mean, really Oh for God s sake I m certain that that article in particular is a joke It has to be a joke If it isn t, I feel sorry for whoever wrote it and the editors who published it Don t get me started on the poetry at the end I will be steering clear of this emag in future notice how writers in the mag and followers came out in force against this review with 5 star reviews Always the same bull


  3. Erin (PT) Erin (PT) says:

    Sad, beautifully written, but somewhat unremarkable story about an abused child soldier and the monsters in the dark For all that it doesn t tread any new ground, it s incredibly haunting Content warnings for rape, physical and sexual abuse.


  4. DJ DJ says:

    4 5 Rating Review coming soon and will be posted first at MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape 4 5 Rating Review coming soon and will be posted first at MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape


  5. Alexandria (DaysPass) Alexandria (DaysPass) says:

    Biting Tongues by Amal El MohtarI really did like this poem, and I will totally be adding it to the favourites book I have on my shelf In the beginning I found the poem quite abstract with its sci fi tone, but it completely 180s, as I feel much good poetry does It becomes a commentary on being a woman, with a strong message behind it Gotta just reiterate how much I loved this poem.


  6. Erin Erin says:

    The Oiran s Song by Isabel Yap Find a Way Home by Paul Cornell Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters by N K Jemisin And Never Mind the Watching Ones by Keffy M Kehrli The Sisters Line by Liz Argail Kenneth Schneyer The Oiran s Song by Isabel Yap Find a Way Home by Paul Cornell Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters by N K Jemisin And Never Mind the Watching Ones by Keffy M Kehrli The Sisters Line by Liz Argail Kenneth Schneyer


  7. Esther Esther says:

    I m a big fan of this magazine and generally enjoy its stories a lot I enjoyed this edition but it wasn t my favourite It felt a bit flat, for me The fiction wasn t too bad, but the non fiction felt especially US focused.Short Stories Find a Way Home by Paul Cornell This was probably my favourite story of the edition It was a middle grade story about a loner who happens to find exactly what the army is looking for I thought it was charming and very sweet The Oiran s Song by Isabel Yap I m a big fan of this magazine and generally enjoy its stories a lot I enjoyed this edition but it wasn t my favourite It felt a bit flat, for me The fiction wasn t too bad, but the non fiction felt especially US focused.Short Stories Find a Way Home by Paul Cornell This was probably my favourite story of the edition It was a middle grade story about a loner who happens to find exactly what the army is looking for I thought it was charming and very sweet The Oiran s Song by Isabel Yap In stark contrast to the previous story, this one was definitely not for children It focused on a friendship forged between a courtesan who isn t at all what she seems and a young soldier in a Japanese samurai style conflict I liked how the story effectively immersed you in the culture and time period, and how it managed to both be quite stark in its violence and very moving in its emotion There is an interesting interview with the author later in the edition about where this story came from and her interest in Japanese culture The Sister s Line by Liz Argall and Kenneth Schneyer A younger sister has disappeared and is mailing a train to her elder sister so that she can be found The style of this story was interesting but it didn t really talk to me There is an interesting interview with both authors later in the edition where they discuss the origins of this story and how they managed co writing I thought it was particularly interesting how they interpreted aspects of their story quite differently And Never Mind the Watching Ones by Keffy R.M Kehrli In a world of glittering, alien frogs, a young man goes missing This one started quite well and I liked the shifting perspectives in the structure Ultimately, however, I didn t get any emotional payoff from the story.Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters by N.K Jemisin A story of a man and an unusual friendship in the drowning city of New Orleans It had some interesting reflections on the kinds of emotions let loose by disasters and was quite immersive in its style This story was a reprint Non fiction Suspended Beliefs Verisimilitude vs Accuracy by Diana M PhoAn essay arguing that obsessing about accuracy in fiction is mis founded and how it places too much reliance on how much we think we know It seemed to tie in with broader conversations about how minorities are portrayed in fiction, especially speculative fiction.A Brief History of MidAmeriCon by Steven H SilverApparently, a new version of this Con is happening soon so this looked at a previous incarnation I have no context in which to place this.Diversity Panels Are the Beginning, Not the End by Michi TrotaAn essay on how cons need to move from having diversity panels to having diverse panels on all topics This argument is very much reminiscent of debates around having women officers in organisations, and,recently, on whether concepts of responsible business or responsible investing need specific champions in organisations or should rather be inculcated broadly It s a common tension when shifting mindsets.Masculinity is an Anxiety Disorder by David J SchwartzPart essay, part memoir, Schwartz looks at how typical Man boxes are reconstructed as Nerd boxes while never really questioning the structure of boxes themselves


  8. Jasper Jasper says:

    Only a review of Find a Way HomeOriginally posted at know Paul Cornell best from his Shadow Police series, an dark urban fantasy story and his contribution to the Wild Cards universe of George R.R Martin So when I came across a completely different story of what I am used to from him, a middle grade story I definitely needed to check it out It was quite a surprise for me Find a Way Home is a great adventure story for everyone not just kids, coming t Only a review of Find a Way HomeOriginally posted at know Paul Cornell best from his Shadow Police series, an dark urban fantasy story and his contribution to the Wild Cards universe of George R.R Martin So when I came across a completely different story of what I am used to from him, a middle grade story I definitely needed to check it out It was quite a surprise for me Find a Way Home is a great adventure story for everyone not just kids, coming to think of it, it does has some ties to that other alien that wanted to go home.Find a Way Home start off with Alan Thompson who is currently up in an RAF control tower looking on the radar that covers part of Britain All of a sudden he sees an erratic pattern on his radar, a pattern that he cannot link with an known airplane, bird or any other thing he knows When he shows his superior about it, he is kindly remembered that he has a wife and kinds and Alan would do well to forget about what he saw Actually the tone of this introduction was a bit heavier than I would have imagined in such a story After this the perspective is switched to the young boy called Gary Clark Who witnesses the crash of the object that Alan saw Gary gets drawn to the crash site and discovers that it is a UFO He immidiately starts to dream of being on TV and the newspaper headline saying that he has found an alien To his surprise, the alien is still inside As the RAF also found out about the crash they has dispatched forces to intercept the UFO The alien is stuck and Gary rescues is out of it UFO, and flees for the RAF forces This is where Gary s adventure starts to unfold, as he is now on the run for the RAF forces, risking his life for an alien he just met a few minutes ago Luckily for Gary he is near his school, so this is the best option for him to flee too But a detention class is busy and when they see the alien well they come to a plan to help find the alien a way home.This story really is an very boisterous adventure Espeically when you see the alien talking and where Mr Hayes the detention teacher had to censor somethings It is definitely not the woolly cuddly kind of alien What did fall to note for me is the character of Gary himself, from his introduction to the ending, it seems that he is not really that pleased with himself Perhaps not getting the recognition that he wants He doesn t have friends and doesn t want them, or maybe he does, in the short dialogue with his mother He was in the woods at the back of the school It was five o clock He d gone home, chucked his bag onto the bed, told Mum he was going back out She d said something in reply, he hadn t caught it, but it had sounded okay, and she hadn t followed him out of the door, so he probably wasn t in trouble.Not that he cared Not that she did It feel somehow strained There is also this part near the ending Gary wasn t sure he wanted that anyHe just wanted to go home like the alien had gone home, to someone welcoming him You can see that Gary is a troubled soul but luckily it doesn t end there, it ends on a much happier note luckily Everything is left bigger after the days event including Gary A remarkable story Read the full story here


  9. Melody Melody says:

    I read The Oiran s Song by Isabel Yap.Wow Second person I think I ve read only one other piece of literature in second person before and it was so long ago, I couldn t tell you what it was So this was a pleasant surprise And I love the voice, oh my God do I love the voice here.In this story, we are Akira, who shares a room with an oiran a prostitute in Japan in the middle of a war and we watch as Akira resists her while he pays a debt that s not his, a debt left by family All of the emoti I read The Oiran s Song by Isabel Yap.Wow Second person I think I ve read only one other piece of literature in second person before and it was so long ago, I couldn t tell you what it was So this was a pleasant surprise And I love the voice, oh my God do I love the voice here.In this story, we are Akira, who shares a room with an oiran a prostitute in Japan in the middle of a war and we watch as Akira resists her while he pays a debt that s not his, a debt left by family All of the emotions one can have paying such a debt, we see and it is marvelous and heartbreaking as Akira is stuck fighting a battle he can t escape The growth, the character arc from the powerlessness Akira possesses in the beginning to the end as Akira discovers what it means to be strong enough to not succumb or run away but face fear and persevere is so immensely great to see, especially with the superb pacing of this storytelling which I am in awe of Though I must warn you, this is a very dark and violent journey, very violent For everyone No one is safe here No man, no woman, no being So be warned And be prepared to see war in a diverse fantasy land in a way you never have before


  10. Hélène Hélène says:

    I read The Oiran s song by Isabel Yap It s hard, realistic and fantastic as Jana Fantasy Litterature said and very well done The writing made me feel the upcoming rampage from the start cold and heavy And yet the characters are true despite the despair.


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