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Review: Bread of Life by Beth Cato

 Review of Bread of Life by Beth Cato (856 words) Flash Fiction Online, May 2021 Issue :  Read Online Emotions are not to be spoken of, but people can't help it sometimes. Because of bread. Lovely, warm, delicious, yeasty bread. Evoking poignant memories of Earth. An earth that is no longer. But the memories remain. And you try not to speak of them, because you mustn't. But bread makes you. Bread makes you speak of real, unfiltered, rose-colored memories. Cato has a way with words and can transport you right into Sonya's bread shop. I really enjoyed this lovely short story. Honest fresh bread. A delicious tale. Support us on Ko-fi -  https://ko-fi.com/ohjustbooks   

Review: Snail Mail by Steven Fischer

  Review of Snail Mail by Steven S Fischer (649 words) Daily Science Fiction, May 2017 :  Read Online I promise I'm not unhealthily obsessed with Fischer; his words just absolutely resonate with me, and it isn't something that I find very often. When I do, out of the blue, can you blame me for latching on? Of all the stories I've read by him so far, I like this one best. It's about love and longing, but more than anything else, it is about belonging. It's about how something familiar can become unknown, and the strange slowly turns not-so-strange. Above all, it shows how we can find solace in unlikely places. And that's a hell of a thing to convey in 649 words. Support us on Ko-fi -  https://ko-fi.com/ohjustbooks  

Review: A Beginner's Guide to Space Travel and Seafood by Steven S. Fischer

Review of A Beginner's Guide to Space Travel and Seafood by Steven S. Fischer (694 words) Nature, Dec 2018 :  Read Online A super interesting premise about a futuristic society where space travel is a way of life, and Earth is pretty much dead. The previous story I reviewed here is also by this author, and I loved it so much I had to seek out more. I was rewarded with this interesting tale. He quickly sets the scene and shows us what this world and it's people are like.  The ending is really cool too, throwing the essential qualities of humans into sharp relief, with a touch of humor as well. I really do enjoy Fischer's work, and if you do too, then check out his work at https://stevenbfischer.com/library/ Support us on Ko-fi -  https://ko-fi.com/ohjustbooks   

Review: A List of Forty-Nine Lies by Steven S. Fischer

  Review of A List of Forty-Nine Lies by Steven S. Fischer (525 words) Flash Fiction Online, May 2021 Issue :  Read Online A clever story reminiscent of doublespeak, and the power of human spirit. This issue of Flash Fiction Online seems to have a common thread of indefatigable spirit and strength. Sometimes you can push a person to a corner, but they won't stay there for long. At least not for very long. I loved the set up and style, and you best believe I'll be stalking this author a little bit today. Support us on Ko-fi -  https://ko-fi.com/ohjustbooks  

Review: I Wrote to My Queen by Saswati Chatterjee

Review of I Wrote to My Queen by Saswati Chatterjee (683 words) Flash Fiction Online, May 2021 Issue :  Read Online A spider girl trying to find a way to be free. A spider girl is trying to find a way to be herself. She is confined to an attic, and would like to communicate with the ones she is most comfortable with. The 'normal' humans are abusive towards her and humiliate her, but not for long. Evocative descriptions with a fantastical ending.   Support us on Ko-fi -  https://ko-fi.com/ohjustbooks

Review: Metal Like Blood in the Dark by T. Kingfisher

 Review of Metal Like Blood in the Dark by T. Kingfisher (7180 words) Uncanny Magazine,  Issue Thirty Six : Read Online What a beautiful story to come back to this blog with. After an unplanned hiatus that lasted well over a year, T. Kingfisher has inspired me to come back and love short SFF once again.   Brother and Sister are alone now, because Father had to leave. They are naive; machine children. In this story, Sister experiences evolution of thought that shows her something about thought process, and how other creatures may not be as inherently good as they are. The tale is grim, but peppered with hope. This hope shines through, even in moments of despair. Brother does not see things the way Sister does, and so he does not learn what Sister learns. A tale of hope, faith and protecting yourself and the ones you love. Not despite, but stronger due to, challenges and untrustworthy characters. So glad to be back on the short SFF wagon. What an excellent start. Support us on Ko-fi -  h

Review: Meet Me In Okhotsk by Sarah Daniels

Review of  Meet Me In Okhotsk by Sarah Daniels   (999 words) Flash Fiction Online, November 2019 Issue :  Read Online A world where you actually can just drop off the edge of the earth. Some make it through to Okhotsk, through to the other side. But some don't. Adrenaline junkies seem to live for it, and they make trips there to feel the exhilaration of the unknown. With an added rush, because you don't even know if you'll live through it. Mary, a research scientist, is not that kind of person. But the temptation is real. Flash fiction is a true art form. Conveying so much in a few words is a special skill, and I truly appreciate it. Support us on Ko-fi -  https://ko-fi.com/ohjustbooks