Walls — Gaie Sebold

Walls, written by Gaie Sebold.Available to read in the anthology, X7.

Wow, that was a weird trip.   This short story starts really strangely, and gets even stranger, as our protagonist, Chrys, who suffers from agoraphobia and can’t go out, gets worse and worse to the point of having what seems to be a total psychotic melt down.

And then everything comes crashing down, and boom!   What an ending.

Ever more wonderful writing and story telling from Gaie, a master of the writing craft.   If you haven’t yet read any of Gaie’s writing then i really suggest you get started, it’s real good fantasy for grown ups who love real good fantasy.

Gaie’s Page

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Shattering the Spear — P. Djèlí Clark

Shattering the Spear, written by P Djèlí Clark.Available in the anthology, The Best of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly: Vol 1.

Having just read Djèlí’s Dead Djinn books and totally enjoyed them, i had no choice in my good book reading avarice but to go hunting for everything i could find by Djèlí and start reading it all in publication order, and you guessed it, Shattering the Spear is, i think, the first story published.

Shattering the Spear seems to me to be based upon an African tribal warrior, in a land that reminds one of those vast pictures of African grasslands.   It’s also full of Animist religious ideas, which, being an Animist myself, is really nice to find in a book these days.   There’s also some good fight/action scenes, with the same great writing that you find in the Dead Djinn books.   In fact, there’s quite a lot packed into this short story.

Next up on the Djèlí list is Skin Magic, but before i get around to that i’ve got a few other writers and their books to catch up with and read first.

P. Djèlí Clark’s Page

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The Starlit Wood — Anthology

Introduction — Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe
In the Desert Like a Bone (Little Red Riding Hood) — Seanan McGuire
Underground (East of the Sun, West of the Moon) — Karin Tidbeck
Even the Crumbs Were Delicious (Hansel and Gretel) — Daryl Gregory
The Super Ultra Duchess of Fedora Forest (The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage) — Charlie Jane Anders
Familiaris (The Wolves) — Genevieve Valentine
Seasons of Glass and Iron (The Glass Mountain/The Black Bull of Norroway) — Amal El-Mohtar
Badgirl, The Deadman and The Wheel of Fortune (The Girl with No Hands) — Catherynne M. Valente
Penny for a Match, Mister? (The Little Match Girl) — Garth Nix
Some Wait (The Pied Piper of Hamelin) — Stephen Graham Jones
The Thousand Eyes (The Voice of Death) — Jeffrey Ford
Giants in the Sky ( Jack and the Beanstalk) — Max Gladstone
The Briar and the Rose (Sleeping Beauty) — Marjorie Liu
The Other Thea (The Shadow) — Theodora Goss
When i Lay Frozen (Thumbelina) — Margo Lanagan
Pearl (Dã Tràng and the Pearl) — Aliette de Bodard
The Tale of Mahliya and Mauhub and the White-Footed Gazelle (The Tale of Mahliya and Mauhub and the White-Footed Gazelle) — Sofia Samatar
Reflected (The Snow Queen) — Kat Howard
Spinning Silver (Rumpelstiltskin) — Naomi Novik

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Legends — Anthology

Introduction — Stan Nicholls
Or So Legend has It — James Barclay
A Blade to the HeartGaie Sebold
Return to Arden Falls — Ian Whates
The Drake Lords of Kyla — Storm Constantine
A Tower of Arkrondurl — Tanith Lee
Who Walks With Death — Jonathan Green
Skipping Town — Joe Abercrombie
The Land of the Eagle — Juliet E McKenna
All Hail to the Oak — Anne Nicholls
Swords and Circle — Adrian Tchaikovsky
Fairyland — Jan Siegel
Mountain Tea — Sandra Unerman
The League of Resolve — Stan Nicholls

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