Skin of the Sea

Natasha Bowen  ★★★★★ “Here is a story. Story it is…” When Simidele dies, she is given a choice by the goddess, Yemoja. She can serve Yemoja by collecting the souls of the stolen people cast to their deaths in the watery depths from the slave ships above, so they may be blessed and sent safely…… Continue reading Skin of the Sea

All the Murmuring Bones

A.G. Slatter ★★★ “There’s an old woman, though, with plans and plots of long gestation; and there’s the sea, which will have her due, come hell or high water; and there are secrets and lies which never stay buried forever.” For generation upon generation, the O’Malley family has prospered in their sprawling mansion on the…… Continue reading All the Murmuring Bones

Trying to Live Happily Ever After

Clive Lilwall ★ Trying to Live Happily Ever After is a shortish anthology containing 17 very short stories which aim to give an update and twist on old fairy tales and fables.  Drawing from the works of such luminaries as Aesop, the Brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Andersen, Lilwall had a rich vein of stories…… Continue reading Trying to Live Happily Ever After