Apex Magazine – Issue 92, January 2017
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Cover Artist: Aaron Nakahara
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 27 January 2017
Links: Apex Magazine / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
Here we have the 91st issue of Apex Magazine, with five new stories and other features.
The new fiction begins with "Soliloquy in a Cheap Diner Off Route 66" by James Beamon. -+- Lolonya, who calls himself Lonnie, is in the eating establishment referred to in the title. He is trying to win over the waitress, Aliza, and keeps failing. So he rewinds time. He seems to have a past with Aliza, even though she's never met him before. Then he gets some help from someone like him named Yawa. Fascinating! A great read!
The second new story is "The Dark Birds" by Ursula Vernon. -+- In our narrator's family, there is always Father, Mother, Ruth, Susan and Baby. When a new Baby is born, the previous Baby becomes Susan and the then-Susan becomes Ruth. The Ruth disappears. When one Baby is born, the Ruth runs away with her Susan. This disrupts things and Father and Mother hired an indentured servant named Lily. She teaches the remaining daughter many things, including the idea that Father, an ogre, eats the Ruth. There is also a secret about the many dark birds that are about. But the real chill comes at the very end. Great story!
The third new story is "The Invisible Box" by J.J. Litke. -+- Viola finds a unique way to punish a man who had done a great injustice to her mother. So well done in so few words!
The fourth new story is "Next Station, Shibuya" by Iori Kusano. -+- Our narrator is some sort of godlike personna, guiding a young college student named Nagiko for a special plan. Hard to say more but it was a beautiful read
The fifth new story is "Mag, the Habitat and We" by Lia Swope Mitchell. -+- Our narrator is one of 187 small creatures that live with a woman they call Mags and their mother. They keep out of her sight because she thinks they are rats. They worry that the City Men will come and exterminate them. But they find a way. Wonderfully strange!
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