Hugo 2019 Reading – August

I only ended up listening to one story this month. It’s been hard to motivate myself to hand-wash dishes, which is when I listen to podcasts. We’ve had a busy time, with classes and visiting. Now that school’s starting, (with three kid-free mornings a week!) I’m looking forward to getting lots of writing done. In the meantime, here’s what I read.

After the First Comes the Last” by Holly Lyn Walrath
a short story published by Daily Science Fiction

This was a poignant story about how selfishness and lots of power in youth evolved into thoughts bigger than self but running low on power later on. Speaks to truth in life, and very feminist as well.

Glass in Frozen Time” by M. K. Hutchins
a short story published by Diabolical Plots

I love superhero stories and stories about family. So I loved that this put the two together. What was unique was that it was about a family after a mission had gone badly, and denying the PTSD that went along with that. My only complaint was the daughter’s actions at the end didn’t quite seem realistic. Then again, I’ve never been around little kids that have had to take the adult role.

Red Lizard Brigade” by Sam J. Miller
a short story published by Uncanny

I feel like I would have understood this story better if I had read it. The story segments first go backwards in time, and then forwards again, and that’s something I couldn’t quite keep straight in audio. The setup for this world is cool – opening a portal to prehistoric times to get dinosaurs to train for warfare. I’d be interested in reading other stories from this issue.

(5 stars) “Field Biology of the Wee Fairies” by Naomi Kritzer
a short story published by Apex Magazine

This story really spoke to me. Amelia is a lot like me – someone who was more interested in school than in being pretty. I loved how she dealt with the expectations of catching a fairy in order to get pretty, and that the other pretty girls were also interested in science as well. A nice piece of wish fulfillment.

(5 stars) “The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections” by Tina Connolly
a novelette published by

I love magical foods, and I really liked how this one used memories to tell messages and bring down the Tyrant King. The flashbacks were full of emotion, the intrigue intense. And the end was surprising, yet inevitable. Very well done.

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