Kathryn - Kat - Allen (katallen) wrote,
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Best of Apex Magazine - review #20 - Pocosin by Ursula Vernon

Another Vernon! I guess at this penultimate place so her stories don't become brackets?


THERE MAY BE SPOILERS - WORSE THERE MAY BE THINGS SAID WHICH SPOIL THE STORY - I WOULD SUGGEST READING IT FIRST AT


http://www.apex-magazine.com/pocosin/



Pocosin by Ursula Vernon

I like well-written witches, and old gods, and they combined a treat here.
Women at the edges of things, and a god that doesn't fit the binary people tend to make of the world. I love how every detail is like a dust mote in a sunbeam, sparkling and then gone for the next to catch fire.

UV has her voice, she has multiple narrator voices, but there is a turn of the head, a slow smile, a sudden pin-sharp gaze, that makes her writing distinctive. I'm a fan.
The story of Maggie protecting a dying god from... well God, and the Devil, so he can avoid being part of their big bad squabble but go with Death and maybe come back again... it's quiet and sharp and made me smile and sigh.
Tags: #20, apex, review, short fiction
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