This is perhaps my weakest category so far, in that I have only read The Bone Chime Song – I fact I hope to rectify because a) short stories b) I think I actually own everything bar the Mudge. I posted a review of Light Touch Paper Stand Clear here. My thoughts on The Bone Chime Song as an opening story were:
The collection opens with Joanne Anderton’s The Bone Chime Song. It’s a very good choice, the story - it’s content and execution is indicative of an author on fire; Necromancy, and the love that dare not speak its name. It’s a magical mood infused police procedural in a sorcerous setting.
But Jo’s up against Thoraiya Dyer, who’s impressed me since I read her work in New Ceres Nights.
Best Short Story Nominees
* “Sanaa’s Army”, Joanne Anderton, in Bloodstones (Ticonderoga Publications)
* “The Wisdom of Ants”, Thoraiya Dyer, in Clarkesworld 75
* “The Bone Chime Song”, Joanne Anderton, in Light Touch Paper Stand Clear (Peggy Bright Books)
* “Oracle’s Tower”, Faith Mudge, in To Spin a Darker Stair (FableCroft Publishing)
One thing before you go, I’ll let you know that I’ll be voting for a woman in this category.
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