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I love this magazine! My kids and I like to read it from cover to cover every time we get our hands on an issue. There's a good variety of fascinating short stories in fantasy and science fiction, the kind you keep turning over in your mind long after you read them.
Another five-star issue based, at a minimum, on the strength of Kirstie Olley's "Charming". Frankly, I'm at a loss to explain why this was such a good story. But it really reeled me in and kept me flipping pages. The relationship between James and Hannah really made the piece. Hannah was one of the most memorable characters I've read in a while. And the the ending was disappointing -- or rather I mean to say it was the perfect ending for this story. Which I guess means it was disappointing in a good way -- maybe even in a 'perfect' way. You'll have to read the story to understand what I mean. The artwork for the story by Katie Wald (especially the beautiful cover piece) was also very good.
All of the stories in this issue had some memorable parts. "Loneliness in a Cold Wind" for its haunting setting and situation, "Destiny" for its artwork and dark fairy tale qualities, "Earth and Ice" for its warmth and magical treatment of love, and "Twenty Minutes to Mars" because it was so predictable that I didn't see it coming. (i.e. I ruled out the very ending I should have know it had because it was too obvious.So it fooled me.It was also a fast paced adventure, which I always enjoy.)