Published by Worlds Unknown in 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction (General)
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I’ve been following L. S. Engler‘s blog for a while now, so when I saw that she had released an e-book of short stories, I made sure to buy it immediately. Since I have a massive TBR list, I’ve been leisurely reading the stories in between other books.
Like any short story collection, there are stories that resonated well with me, as well as ones that I was ambivalent about. This is not a bad thing, it’s just the nature of short story collections. Rather than going through each story, I’m just going to highlight some of my favorites.
“Just Right” is a retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. All of the fairy-tale princesses are being held captive in a mental asylum by Doctor Grimm. When Gohalla Daffoldil Lox attempts to escape, she finds more than she bargained for. I’m a huge sucker for reinterpretations of fairy tales, and this was such an original take on a familiar story.
“Lilacs” is a bit sad, but beautiful at the same time. It tells the story of a little girl learning about the death of her grandmother, and it highlights the difference in perception between adults and children.
“The Space Between Worlds” delves into the realm of SF/F. A young lady named Emalia, who lives with her aunt, has the ability to travel between worlds. One day, she discovers the truth about her parents’ deaths and must fight a deadly foe who shares her powers.
“The Wartburg Incident” was my favorite out of the entire collection, but saying much more about it would ruin the fun. Suffice to say that it’s historical and Satan is involved.
The stories in “Bowlful of Bunnies” span a variety of genres and as a whole are well-written and a delight to read. Many of them are characterized by little twists and unique endings. Recommended.