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Review: Uncanny Magazine Issue 8: January/February 2016

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Uncanny Magazine Issue 8: January/February 2016
Uncanny Magazine Issue 8: January/February 2016 by Lynne M. Thomas
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

*** The Virgin Played Bass – MARIA DAHVANA HEADLEY
An odd retelling of “The Musicians of Bremen” with, perhaps, a bit of Puss In Boots thrown in – which all takes place during the Balkan conflict. A group of dispossessed persons wanders around, forming a musical band, singing for their supper and trying to stay alive. It’s a good thing a ‘cat’ has nine lives, because in this war-torn land, they’re going through them.
As in the fairy tale, they’re heading vaguely for Bremen, where things might be better. As in the tale, they never get there. Unfortunately, the story doesn’t really get much of anywhere either, although it creates an effective and disturbing mood.
I think this novella would very much appeal to those who liked Genevieve Valentine’s “Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti.”

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