BCS #157, #158, and #159 were reviewed last weekend by Locus online reviewer Lois Tilton, including multiple stories lauded with her rare “Recommended” rating.
From BCS #157 (our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue), she called “The Sorrow of Rain,” a new Lord Yamada tale by Richard Parks, “A moving, simple story in a setting that evokes a scene on a painted scroll. Recommended.“
“Heaven Thunders The Truth” by K.J. Parker she says is “...told in the author’s usual wry and witty narrative voice. The concluding theme turns out to be truth and the utility of a lie... I look forward to more of these. Recommended.”
In “The Moon Over Red Trees,” a tale of colonialism and personal fury by Aliette de Bodard, “readers will suspect (the narrator) of planning revenge... but the story takes a different path. Readers familiar with the author’s recent work will recognize... the same concern with ancestral heritage and the gynocentric family structure.”
From BCS #158, of “The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light” by Gregory Norman Bossert, she says “There’s a strong mythic tone here... The story is a tragedy, the destruction of an innocent in the course of a struggle between two greater enemies.” Of “The Rugmaker’s Lovers” by Brynn MacNab, “The rugmaker’s sin is a personal one... The scale is domestic, not dynastic. And some of the characters, at least, manage to find a manner of peace in the end, if not actual happiness or joy.”
And in BCS #159, “The Burned Man,” by Hannah Strom-Martin “A tale of treachery and vengeance. The author leaves the narrator’s response as a mystery to readers – will he take the lesson or will he continue to pursue his own perilous love?”