Locus Reviews Clarkesworld

Some nice things being said about Clarkesworld in the November issue of Locus Magazine.

“Now to Clarkesworld Magazine, which publishes two stories online each month, one by a newcomer, the other by a more established name. In the last few months, the latter category has as usual been fairly impressive. “The Ape’s Wife” by Caitlin R. Kiernan (September) is a majestic novelette imagining varying scenarios for the climax of King Kong: does Ann Darrow, the beauty played by Fay Wray, truly return to New York, or does she stay on Skull Island? Is she marooned, a high priestess, or (back in America) an embittered, aging alcoholic, otherwise an older woman pondering Kong’s skeleton, now a neglected museum exhibit? Is Kong god to a destroyed Manhattan? These possibilities progress through Ann’s dreaming mind powerfully and very memorably. “The Oracle Spoke” by Holly Phillips (June) is also good, recounting the experiences in a country ravaged by civil war of Cassandra, through whom ambiguous and perhaps mischievous prophecies are uttered by a supernatural power; like her Trojan predecessor, the young woman is ignored or misunderstood, and her lack of free will is starkly illustrated. Ekaterina Sedia’s “The Taste of Wheat” (August) rather antically investigates modalities of reincarnation, first of an old man, then of a young woman; and “I’ll Gnaw Your Bones, the Manticore Said” (July) by Cat Rambo amusingly contemplates the life of travelling circus-folk, and how the beasts in their charge can be critically useful in a pinch.”

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