Kaleidotrope – Winter 2018
Edited by Fred Coppersmith
Cover Artist: Kat Weaver
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 26 January 2018
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Kaleidotrope Winter 2018 is here and all the stories are good. And we have the horoscopes!
The issue begins with "Shadows and Bells" by Mari Ness. -+- Bells are heard in the kingdom of the death, disconcerting all that dwelled there. The queen, abandoned by her lord, knows that she must deal with those ringing the bells. She sets out to the mountains to do that. This is one of those stories which it is just a pleasure to savor the words. Beautiful.
The second story is "A Slip in the Slice" by Heather Morris. -+- Gwen shares an apartment with Paul using time slicing. They live twelve hours out of sync with each other. But then, she sees him in her time and does not know what to do. She leaves to get help and when she comes back Paul has somehow disappeared. What should she do? Interesting tale with Gwen, a good character.
The third story is "The Fashion of Men" by Kat Otis. -+- Mary Tudor, a resident of the Tower of London, receives a special visitor named Henry. But this is a very unusual alternate history. Very well told.
The fourth story is "The Temporary Suicides of Goldfish" by Octavia Cade. -+- Our unnamed narrator is awaiting a strange fate: being transformed into a goldfish as punishment for a crime. But what led up to this? Wonderfully strange story!
The fifth story is "The Little Duchess" by Julia August. -+- Baldesar di Casatico is the aide to Pietro da Cignano, Duke of the city of Florens. The duke has a mistress named Anna who is a witch/scientist. Baldesar sometimes acts as a go-between, bearing messages between Anna and Pietro. He is also a confidant to Isabella, child bride to Pietro, who has had trouble giving him an heir. Which one of them is at fault? Bittersweet, beautifully written tale.
Kaleidotrope is one of those magazines I always know I'm going to enjoy. Check it out at their website (link at the top of this review) and enjoy it, yourself.