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Alphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood
The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr
Angels of Interstate 29 by Donald James Parker
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
Beyond Another Door by Sonia Levitin
The Boy Who Would Live Forever by Frederik Pohl
Chiggers by Hope Larson
Choosing to Be by Kat Tansey
The Comical Tragedy or Tragical Comedy of Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
The Curandero and the Swede: A Tale from the 1001 American Nights by Daniel Abraham
Doctor Who and the War Games by Malcolm Hulke
Dragons, Dragons by Eric Carle
Epitaph for a Peach by David Mas Masumoto
Feng Shui in Your Garden by Roni Jay
Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Anne Mirand and Ed Emberley
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
That Hell-Bound Train by Robert Bloch
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Jellaby Volume 1 by Kean Soo
Kosher by Design Lightens Up by Susie Fishbein
The Last Valentine by James Michael Pratt
Life Sucks by Jessica Abel, Gabe Soria and Warren Pleece
Jesus Swept by James Protzman
Overexposed: The Price of Fame by Eliot Tiegel
Quickstone by Marc Laidlaw
Rich Brother, Rich Sister by Robert and Emi Kiyosaki
The Secrets of a Fire King by Kim Edwards
Unstrung Zither by Yoon Ha Lee
A Very Hairy Scary Story by Rick Walton
The View from on High by Steven R. Boyett

Ulysses:
Episode 6: Hades: Agent Caitlin 'Kate' Todd
Episode 7: Aeolus: J. Jonah Jameson
Episode 8: The Laestrygonians: Earl's Court to Islington
Episode 9: Scylla and Charybdis: If I Had a Hammer

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for The Curandero and the Swede: A Tale from the 1001 American Nights

FSFThe Curandero and the Swede: A Tale from the 1001 American Nights: 04/04/09

The first story in the March issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine (yes, I know, it's already April!) has left me grumpy. It's a pair of magical realism stories set in the American south west but framed by a Joseph Conrad-esque narration during a night when a man is trying to introduce his fiance to his family. I can't even begin to explain how much I detest stories that use extended multi paragraph quotes of stories told through not one but two narrators (the one listening and the one telling). It is an awkward way to tell a story.

There's first the man who takes Abby the fiance to meet his family. Apparently how they met and why a southern boy is dating a Yankee is a "long story" but fuck if I know what it is because he never tells us.

No instead we have to "listen" to his crazy Uncle tell two completely unrelated stories, first about a truck driver on the old route 666 who comes across a Navajo ghost out for revenge and how he talks her out of it. The second story is about a black man named Swede who goes to a Curandero for help with these weird moving bumps all over his body. His cure involves a third story involving a young pregnant girl who has to perform a ritual in front of the red virgin and the story behind the virgin's creation.

By themselves these are all interesting stories. Brought together in this mishmash of over heard tall tales does not work. It's a literary train wreck. I hope the rest of the issue is better.

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