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- Publisher: Elphame Press; 1 edition (May 2, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 2, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07251YJGS
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Elphame Realms E-Zine: Issue #1 Kindle Edition
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Title: Elphame Realms E-Zine Issue #1
Review: Tamed by Kyla Stan was brilliant we meet Calliope who has promised Paris of Troy as a bride. After she kills the men on the boat carrying her to her new home, she is banished to the depths of the ocean as a siren for using Hera`s gift for evil until she finds the one who can tame her. We then jump forward in time where we meet Collin who works for the Fish and Wildlife Department as he journeys to an allegedly cursed but uncharted island. While on the island he meets and eventually falls in love with a mysterious creature. This story has a very mythical theme incorporating Greek mythology and oceanic folklore.
This bundle also has interviews like the one with Lyndsay Johnson who is the author of YA novel, Fire of the Sea. I loved this interview as we get to really see the author's creative process and how she created her book. Some of the things Johnson talked about interested me so much I went ordered the book off Amazon straight away.
The second short story the woman who couldn't stay in her body by Michele DeLuca was so good we meet Samantha Harrison who can leave her body and become a spirit of sorts. After months of disjointed putting from her physical forms Sam meets Treena another spirit with whom she is part of a soul group. During their meeting Sam is confronted with her future and has to make a choice between what she wants and the right thing to do. I loved this story and would love to see a longer version of this in the future.
As well as short stories and interviews this magazine also has editorials. An interesting editorial was Aliens in fiction by E. Ardell. Ardell writes about how underrated and categorized science fiction is. Ardell also explains how many common science fiction tropes actually reflect our own real world and I wholeheartedly agree that "the best science fiction is grounded by true events or issues, and actively reflects and parallels human history."
The next item in this magazine was a poem entitled my faery child by Erin LeFey which was extremely pleasant and easy to read for someone like me that either doesn't read a lot of poetry or doesn't enjoy reading verse.
The final item in this magazine was a short story entitled Shell by C.K. Brooke. Shell was absolutely stunning and beautifully written. We meet Roshelle who has a skin condition that means she can't be in any form of water for more than a few minutes, but being a young teenage she wants to go to a friend's party at the beach. Eventually her mother agrees but what she does know is that Roshelle is planning to ask someone at the party to give her swimming lessons. We learn that Roshelle was abandoned on the beach as a baby and was adopted by the people she calls her parents. Roshelle also constantly wears a necklace and when she learns what she really is she is drawn to her home in the water. I loved this story as it reminded me of Anna Bank`s writing in her Syrena trilogy. I would absolutely love to see a full length novel based around this story.
This entire magazine did have a strong water and mythology theme scattering throughout. I loved how the editor divided up the short stories with smaller pieces placed in between making the whole thing easy and quick to read. The content itself was great I liked all the short stories but the stand out item for me was E. Ardell`s editorial on aliens in fiction and I hope there are more pieces like this in the future and I cannot wait to read the next issue.