short story review: Retribution by Greg Benage from Harvest Moon anthology

This fun little tale is a tale about what happens when you get caught by a death curse. Okay it is more than that but if you think gangster movie crossed with magic and maybe a hint of fun, you have this story. Mr Benage had fun with this tale and obviously did some research into the various cultures he mixed together for a tale set in part in LA. A great little read before lunch!

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Short Story review: Heart of the Moon by Tanith Lee from the Winter Moon Anthology

Anyone who has read Tanith Lee knows that her work can be dark and is extremely well researched ancient culture stories.

This tale starts with a warrior woman finding out that her best friend and her lover have been having an affair. In a culture very reminiscent of what ancient amazons would have been we find out just how justice is done. Battling both her male lover and her female best friend in single combat, she defeats them and exiles them. Just before they leave her once friend comes back to curse her and our story begins.

Like much of Ms Lee’s work this is a study of culture and relationships in a way that we don’t expect. Now this story for a time had me rolling my eyes with what I assumed was a commentary that the heroine should not have done but wisely I continued to read this tale.

By the end you come to understand that this tale is a woman’s path through guilt to understanding herself. A well written tale by another master of the craft.

Changing the World by Mercedes Lackey

This short story has a companion in it, like Ms Lackey’s Valdemar tales but with a twist.

Set in the world we all know and live in this is actually a little bit funny. Take a reporter on he look out for a scoop about jockeys and horseracing. Have him head out into a rural place to meet up with his source, check. Now have that source turn out to be a Companion, who says he is vacationing in a Horse’s paradise, Kentucky.

With that beginning we have a different tale from a master of fiction. Dave is the reporter and he is given a tale with a lot of nods to Ms Lackey’s other series along with an interesting view on politics and history. Is it just possible that all the most important figures of the past had a Companion helping them along the way? Why not read this short story and find out?