Judge Dee and The Three Deaths of Count Werdenfels by Lavie Tidhar (Tor.com, February 10, 2021)
I said before that I would read another story about Judge Dee. Well, there’s another one, so here I am. Judge Dee and The Three Deaths of Count Werdenfels moved incredibly fast. The story bounced from one event to the next, with little room for anything else. It wasn’t until the case of Count Werdenfels fell into Judge Dee’s hands that the story slowed down a little, and a bit of a mystery began to unfold. This story was a sequel to Judge Dee and the Limits of the Law with familiar characters as well as some new ones. Count Werdenfels’s death was quite a mystery, since so many people claimed to have a part in it. This was simply good story, and the twist toward the end made for a satisfying conclusion.
A Serpent For Each Year by Tamara Jeree (Strange Horizons, Issue 1 February 2021)
A Serpent For Each Year is as its title suggests in a very literal way—a woman received a snake for each year from her mother—yet it packs into its short length some commentary on grief and mourning with a speculative edge. This was a good one.
From around the web…
- Of Grandmothers and Wolves: Rose Szabo’s What Big Teeth (Molly Templeton; Tor.com, February 2, 2021)
- When Genres Clash: Andre Norton’s Here Abide Monsters (Judith Tarr; Tor.com, February 1, 2021)
- Our Opinions Are Correct Episode #76: The Truth About Lost Cities
- An Epic Life Untold: The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec (Molly Templeton; Tor.com, February 10, 2021)
- The Waters of This Place: Aotearoa New Zealand Speculative Fiction (AJ Fitzwater; Strange Horizons, Issue: 25 January 2021)
- Understanding and Writing Horses: Interspecies Communication (Judith Tarr; Tor.com, February 8, 2021)
- Print Run episode #137
- Understanding and Writing Horses: Paying Attention (Judith Tarr; Tor.com, February 22, 2021)
- Songs from The Deep (Book Haven)