Our Favourite Short Fiction – May 2016


by Kris & Nisha

This will be, hopefully, a regular feature. We read a lot of short fiction and we cannot review it all. So here we list some of our favourites from prior months:

The Jaws That Bite The Claws That Catch – Seanan McGuire
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/jaws-bite-claws-catch/


McGuire - Claws That Bite - Lightspeed  


From Lightspeed Issue #72

We loved the vividness and the imagery contained within this. The story plays brilliantly with the fairytale premise and demonstrates Seanan McGuire’s ability to create a world that is both expansive and self-contained.

Breathe – Cassandra Khaw

http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/khaw_05_16/

   


From Clarkesworld Issue #116

We loved how atmospheric this work is and the deep emotional resonance it has. This also works brilliantly in audio and would make a fascinating choral speaking piece.

 

How High Your Gods Can Count – Tegan Moore

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2016/20160502/mooregodscancount-f.shtml

How High Your Gods Can Count

From Strange Horizons

One of those stories that unpacks its layers and produces a work that is both thought provoking and poetic. Also we always love stories where the animals’ perspective is given its full weight.

 

 

A Heap of Broken Images – Sunny Moraine

http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/moraine_05_16_reprint/

Reprinted in Clarkesworld Issue #116


An older work that is fascinating in its strangeness. This is one where our perspectives are challenged but we are drawn into it so skilfully we do not notice it.

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