|Creatures of the deep. Adventures on the high seas. Who could forget classics like The Little Mermaid or Moby Dick? This month, Recommended Reading sails into the mysterious waters of this world and other worlds, with the new RR Editor as your rum-swilling, patch-eyed, peg-legged pirate captain.
'Strangled Siren' by Emily Kirsch
enjoyable story... i have never been much for sirens or anything... i tend to avoid most fey creatures (don't ask) but i really had fun reading this... maybe because is was dark (at least to me) or the classic struggle for freedom and stuff... fits well with the ocean theme because, well, the siren... and you know... the ocean... yeah... heh heh...
'The Ocean' by Caitlin Pauze Sherman
an interesting read... very nice personification of the ocean... it shows two different worlds, two we are aware that exists, but gleefully ignore... fits this months theme real well too... very nicely written if some formatting errors... read it!
'Memorex' by John Giles
the ocean plays a small part of this story... well written, worded, presented, etc... hey, i only pretend to know what i am talking about... anyway, it is a long story, but worth the read...
'Aleece' by Emily Kirsch
another siren and ocean type story... well written, chock full of delightful 99 cent words... a very lyrical and descriptive piece... great ending... another you need to read, or i gouge your eyes out with my trusty spork... if i can find it... ;)
'The Shy Blade' by John Daniel Higgins
great story, although i only read the first chapter, because i want not give anything away... or something (not lazy, nope... never lazy)... this one is a doubleplusgood read... now to read the rest...
'Prince Monologues: Kraken' by Helen Pye
a short poem... i actually read a poem... i feel, odd... not about krakens at all, despite the title... really, read it yourself and find out...
'Cinderella, the Little Mermaid' by Lisa Hardy Coleman
interesting... although i tend not to like mermaids... or fairytales, unless they are twisted... but this was enjoyable to read...
'The Fisherman's Tears and the Sea-King's Daughter' by Che Franz Joseph Monro
ahhh... a very good story i am thinking... i love the fairytale feel to it, the multiple endings... i only wish i could write this good...
||Michael CW Smith is a cynical coot who gets roped into things.... is also a firm believer that he can type however he damned well pleases and if any english purists complain, he can show them a little thing called his fist (yes... -very- threatening... veeerry... cough cough)...
August is dedicated to 'Children'. Childhood mischief, kids photographing faeries, big dreams for little shoulders, adventures of the young and often under-estimated. Squirt ... uh ... send them this way.
There is still time to send in stories for July. July will be seeing fantastic and 'Mythical Beasts' strut their stuff in the pages of Woodworks.
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