Sunday, April 13, 2008

Sybil's Garage #5

On Friday, I took the day off, and it was amazing. I lounged in bed until 7:30 (when you usually get up at 4:30, this is a luxury), cleaned the house a bit, and spent the rest of the day reading.

I took a nice long bubble bath with LUSH flosty gritter (yayes!) and read the book I'm reviewing for June's Historical Novels Review. And then, after a lunch of popcorn (!!!) I grabbed Sybil's Garage #5 and headed off to the Guadalupe Gardens. In the middle of the day on a Friday no one was around, so I had the place to myself. I sat under a beautiful elm over near the historic orchard and settled in.

According to their site:
A spectrum of stories and poems from the past, present and elsewhen. It is intergalactic love ballads, evil supermarkets, the bad girls of myth, and nostalgia for things that never were. It is our largest issue yet, with ten stories of fiction and eight poems, and everything else you'd expect from the magazine that Behind the Wainscot calls, "a saturation tank of isolation and the sublime."


This is the first issue of Sybil's Garage that I've read, and I was impressed by the range of styles and subjects. I was most impressed by the haunting "The Girl Next Door" by Vylar Kaftan; the strange and lovely "Tattoos of the Sky, Tattoos of the Days" by Alex Dally MacFarlane; and the heartbreaking "Waiting for Spring" by Caspian Gray. Of course, I love most of A. J. Odasso's poetry, so it was fantastic to see "River Girl" in this issue.

If you can get your hands on the issue, it's definitely worth your time to take a read.


(x-posted to my LJ)

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