Chris Gerrib has said some very nice things about the Summer issue of Shimmer.
The nice thing about being stuck in an airport for a few hours is you get a chance to read. Unless, of course, you like CNN Airport Edition. On my most recent trip, I got a chance to read the Summer 2006 edition of Shimmer Magazine. This little gem is only $5 for a hard copy or $3.50 for a download, and is well worth the read.
The actual magazine is a small digest format, with impeccable cover and interior design.
I’ve just finished reading John Scalzi’sOld Man’s War. I understand why the reviews have compared it to Heinlein, beyond the obvious nods, the book is like Heinlein for grownups.
Don’t get me wrong, Heinlein is one of my favorites. Once I discovered him, I devoured all of his books; some I loved, but some I was too old for. I miss the thrill of romping through space and Old Man’s War brings that back for me along with very real, very adult emotions and questions. Highly recommended.
Indeed. The party went until sometime after three a.m. It’s weird. Culturally, when you throw a party in Iceland, you can expect that the guests will arrive an hour to an hour and a half after the stated start time. They’ll stay until three and then go downtown to finish partying. I can’t do this. Around one a.m. I started fading, in part because the last two work days had been fairly long for me. At one point in the party, as I was passing our bedroom door, I realized that if I snuck in and had a nap that no one would notice. The party was in the kitchen, the living room and outside. Everyone would just think I was in one of the other locations.
This is the first time I’ve ever done this but this is also the first time we’ve thrown a party without other Americans attending. They’ve always cued the other guests by departing at a reasonable, by our standards, time. I’ll have to learn to adapt to this schedule or figure out a way to have parties with an end time. That said, it was still fun. Even if I do feel guilty for needing to nap.
I spent most of today doing a rewrite on Ginger Stuyvesant and the Case of the Haunted Nursery. When I needed a break from that I reviewed portfolios for Shimmer, hoping to find an image that will work for the Autumn 06 issue. Alas. I have not found that magic image yet.
My review of Shannon Hale’s Goose Girl is up at SFFAudio .
When I finished listening to Shannon Hale’s The Goose Girl, I wanted to start the story again. I had read the fantasy novel in print form about two years before hearing it and Full Cast Audio brings the characters to life in spot-on performances which won’t disappoint fans of the novel.
Our cover story is A Warrior’s Death, Aliette de Bodard’s tale of sacrifice and honor in an Aztec-inspired world. John Joseph Adams returns with a review of Larry Niven’s “The Draco Tavern.” Then there’s the charming Dog Thinks Ahead, by Cliff Royal Johns, the sorrowful Litany by John Mantooth, and Bruce Derksen’s Rubber Boots, Mr. President. Angela Slatter brings new life to Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Match Girl and Darby Harn tells us about a blind woman’s unusual skills. We also have the honor of being the first fiction credit for Paul Abbamondi (The Dealer’s Hands) and Marina T. Stern (Drevka’s Rain).
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Thought you might be interested in seeing the cover for the spring issue of Shimmer. It features the art of the amazing David Ho.
Of course I’m pleased with the interior illustrations as well. Artwork by Paul Guinan, Stephen Stanley, Frank Harper, Joy Marchand and a dark new cartoon by Joseph Remy.
The table of contents is lovely too. The Dealer’s Hands by Paul Abbamondi A Warrior’s Death by Aliette de Bodard Rubber Boots, Mr. President by Bruce K. Derksen Paper Man by Darby Harn Dog Thinks Ahead by Clifford Royal Johns Litany by John Mantooth The Little Matchgirl by Angela Slatter, Drevka’s Rain by Marina T. Stern
and a review of Larry Niven’s Draco Tavern by John Joseph Adams
If I had seen Shimmer in a store, I would have snatched it up right away, because I am a book snob, and, to my shame, am too easily seduced by gorgeous cover art. However, had I indeed picked up a copy in a fit of unmitigated passion for its prettiness, I would not have been disappointed; this is an excellent magazine with high editorial standards, a tight, sure vision of what it seeks to accomplish, and a degree of success with that goal that’s decidedly gratifying.
Check out the full review at SFRevu
Here’s a quick excerpt:
This is the second issue of Shimmer that I’ve read and the high quality of the stories continues. An insert tells us, “Each issue presents unusual stories told with conventional storytelling techniques.” That’s a good description. All but two stories got a Very Good rating from me and that’s a pretty good batting average.
Quite short, only 9 minutes, this is ably read by Mary Robinette Kowal who manipulates her voice in all the right ways to lend classic fairy tale reading to this modern fable. In addition to being a terrific narrator, Kowal is a professional puppeteer who also moonlights as speculative fiction author.
(Tor Books — August 21, 2018) Continuing the grand sweep of alternate history laid out in The Calculating Stars, The Fated Sky looks forward to 1961, when mankind is well-established on the moon and looking forward to its next step: journeying to, and eventually colonizing, Mars. Of course, the noted Lady Astronaut Elma York would like to go, […]