Friday, December 14, 2012

Lightspeed Magazine 30 - John Joseph Adams

A so-so issue with one standout from Buckell. Lightspeed 30 : West - Orson Scott Card Lightspeed 30 : The Inexplicables - Cherie Priest Lightspeed 30 : Searching for Slave Leia - Sandra McDonald Lightspeed 30 : Ace 167 - Eleanor Arnason Lightspeed 30 : A Well-Adjusted Man - Tom Crosshill Lightspeed 30 : A Game of Rats and Dragon - Tobias S. Buckell Lightspeed 30 : As the Wheel Turns - Aliette de Bodard Lightspeed 30 : La Alma Perdida de Marguerite Espinoza - Jeremiah Tolbert Lightspeed 30 : A Princess of Spain - Carrie Vaughn Lightspeed 30 : Seven Smiles and Seven Frowns - Richard Bowes Gonna be all dead. 2.5 out of 5 "Rector “Wreck’em” Sherman was delivered to the Sisters of Loving Grace Home for Orphans the week it opened, on February 9, 1864. His precise age was undetermined, but estimated at approximately two years. He was filthy, hungry, and shoeless, wearing nothing on his feet except a pair of wool socks someone, somewhere, had lovingly knitted for him before the city went to hell. Whether she had been mother or nursemaid, governess or grandmother, no one knew and no one ever learned; but his vivid red hair, pearl white skin, and early suggestions of freckles implied rather strongly that he was no relation to the Duwamish woman who brought him to the shelter. She’d carried him there, along with another child who did not survive the month. Her own name was lost to history, or it was lost to incomplete records only sometimes kept in the wake of the Boneshaker catastrophe. The little boy who lived, the one with hair the color of freshly cut carrots, was handed over to a nun with eyes too sad for someone so young and a habit too large for someone so small. The native woman who toted Rector told her only his name, and that “There is no one left to love him. I do not know this other boy, or what he is called. I found him in the bricks.”" 2 out of 5 Edge of Infinity survival. 3 out of 5 Gillie job. 3.5 out of 5 Monster shoot overwrite. 3.5 out of 5 I prefer my program pet-colleague, thanks. 4 out of 5 Life remember again. 3.5 out of 5 Soul finances. 3.5 out of 5 Henry VIII saves his brother via spear-as-stake. 3 out of 5 Tale apprentice. 2.5 out of 5 3 out of 5

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