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Cirsova #3: Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine (Volume 3) Paperback – September 30, 2016
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So the question might be if it has stuck to what it does best, or has finally turned to modern spec fiction muck.
The answer is that issue 3 contains some of the best stories Cirsova has run, but it also contains some of my least favorite so far. Press on to find out what I mean.
The main theme of this issue, as one can gleam from the cover, is pirating. I could make a complaint that there were no stories that contained pirate ninjas, but all told the pirate stories are all top notch here. It's the ones that lean in other directions that didn't hit the same highs.
Issue #3 contains the aforementioned themed pirate tales, but it also has a story about a group of mercenary soldiers who wear suits to enhance their capabilities, a short story about a lone warrior standing against his enemy, the Space Witch, where the two make a deal to see who will win the war, and finally, a highly engaging story of a warrior doing battle with an evil cult. All these make this issue one dynamic read.
The final assessment is that Cirsova #3 is a worthy addition to your library. It has some of the best stories yet run, but a couple miss the mark for me. However, it still evens out to another great read that is well worth your time.
Best story: The End of the Golden Age by Tyler Young (****1/2, really good story, I liked the ending)
My second favorite story: Blood and Bones: Caribbean 1645 by Jim Breyfogle (****, I could definitely stand to read a novel-length John Brennan adventure)
I also rate positively: War in a Way that Suits You by Michael Michaels (***1/2), The Lion's Share by J. D. Brink (***1/2), The Mad God's Scepter by Edward McDermott (***1/2) and The Space Witch (***, good atmosphere but the story was too short for my taste)
Average: Othan, Liberator by Kurt Magnus (***) and The Wooing of Etroklos by J. Comer (***)
Clock's Watch by Michael Reyes (**1/2,potentially good, interesting storyline but confusing writing) was my least favorite of the stories
Retrospective: The Best of C.L. Moore by Jeffro Johnson - as usual really interesting Jeffro's essay