Short Stories 366:223 — “A Scent of Roses,” by Catherine Lundoff

If you've been around this blog at all in the last few years, you know I love a queer re-telling. I love writing them (I try to do one every holiday season, even, a tradition I started with my retelling of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), and I adore reading them. It's not difficult to understand … Continue reading Short Stories 366:223 — “A Scent of Roses,” by Catherine Lundoff

Short Stories 366:216 — “At the Roots of the World Tree,” by Catherine Lundoff

I feel like I keep saying "this story was so very much my thing" when I talk about Out of this World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories, but it's because... well, this story was so very much my thing. First off, we've got an esoteric bookstore that's more than it appears, and even seems to nudge … Continue reading Short Stories 366:216 — “At the Roots of the World Tree,” by Catherine Lundoff

Short Stories 366:209 — “The Egyptian Cat,” by Catherine Lundoff

If there's a trope in contemporary fantasy that I love the most, it's the "revealed to be a guardian/warrior/chosen one" trope, where Someone-Who-Feels-Pretty-Darn-Average finds out they're magical/psychic/otherly-powered and will shortly be defending the world from some unknown evil. Cue the training montage. I love them even more when the person involved is so very much … Continue reading Short Stories 366:209 — “The Egyptian Cat,” by Catherine Lundoff

Short Stories 366:202 — “Medium Méchanique,” by Catherine Lundoff

So one of the awesome things about knowing so many short fiction authors is sometimes I get to read their stuff and then pester them to tell me where the story came from. In today's case, from Catherine Lundoff's wonderful Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories, we get a disturbing—but ultimately truly satisfying—turn … Continue reading Short Stories 366:202 — “Medium Méchanique,” by Catherine Lundoff

Short Stories 366:181 — “Great Reckonings, Little Rooms,” by Catherine Lundoff

Part of my university education included English Literature and it's safe to say that most of those classes systematically managed to eradicate most of my love of reading of so-called lit-ruh-chur. So you'd think I'd bump into a story centred around Shakespeare and Marlowe would have me sighing and exiting, stage left. But, no, because … Continue reading Short Stories 366:181 — “Great Reckonings, Little Rooms,” by Catherine Lundoff

Sunday Shorts—A Winter’s Tale by Catherine Lundoff

There's just something about winter that lends itself to magic. Fantasies and fables around the coming of the snow are plentiful, and yet I never quite tire of fresh new takes on the notion, and Catherine Lundoff's "A Winter's Tale" found in A Few More Winter Tales is no exception. Here we travel with a … Continue reading Sunday Shorts—A Winter’s Tale by Catherine Lundoff