House of the Dragon takes us back to what made those first seasons of the show so great.
Desperate Love: Review of “The Case for and Against Love Potions” by Imbolo Mbue
After reading this story, readers may wonder whether a love potion is worth the trouble and risk.
The Reader’s Paradise: Review of The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Morgenstern’s work is a novel for the book lovers and the story fanatics. It is the reader’s paradise, filled with reading nooks, secret libraries, mysterious books, and attractive storytellers.
His Scaly Self
Gradually, he grew accustomed to his alternate form, to the point that he could forget about it for hours at a time.
Wondrous Curiosity: Review of Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life and Others”
This emotional tug of Chiang’s stories is surprising; his style of writing in the collection is precise and straightforward, almost distant. Oftentimes, its tone can feel more like a scientific documentary or research project than a piece of fiction.
Finding Time to Read for Fun
As I’ve gotten older, busier, and generally more stressed, I’ve noticed something sad about myself: I seldom read for fun anymore. When I was a growing up in the truly riveting hubbub of Morro Bay, California I would make a conscious effort to sit myself down and read a gosh darn novel or even just … Continue reading Finding Time to Read for Fun
Short Fiction: The Pediatrician
Edie Sussman, BFR Staff The small bell above the door rang sharply as Dr. Magellan and an accompanying frozen breeze swept into the waiting room. “Sorry I’m late, traffic was hell this morning.” Her receptionist nodded knowingly. “Have they still not put out that fire out over on the 101?” “Nope. The pyromancy department has … Continue reading Short Fiction: The Pediatrician
Short Story: The Machine Room
A slimy, oatmeal-like, little blob is reacting to the edgy riff of the electric guitar. ”The very unpleasant little creature” from the Flight of the Navigator. Its cells are just beginning to awaken from their inert slumber as they begin to do little flips and contortions, throbbing together as they bathe in the fluid that … Continue reading Short Story: The Machine Room
Short Story: Mermaid
One day at the docks, a mermaid kissed a boy. Here’s what happened: the boy was fishing there with his family’s pole. He was at the far end of the docks, the rich end, where fish gobbled up rich-people treats that got tossed from the more ornate vessels. He was thinking of ways humans could … Continue reading Short Story: Mermaid
Short Story: Ernest and the Stone River
Ernest edged out of the field and onto the bare, cracked earth. The grass rustled behind him as he left it in his wake. The stone river stretched before him; the bank on the other side, shaded by poplars, shimmered under the summer sun. He put out a foot to test the water. Hot. Too … Continue reading Short Story: Ernest and the Stone River