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Liberty & Other Stories

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Liberty & Other Stories (2018) Alexis Hall (Prosperity)

Liberty & Other Stories
Squamous with a Chance of Rain
From the Journal of Mrs. Miranda Lovelace
Cloudy Climes and Starless Skies

This is collection of stories about the characters from the Prosperity.

The first story, Shackles, was my least favorite. Because I don’t much like Milord, and I am unable to understand the relationship between him and Ruben.

Squamous with a Chance of Rain is Jane’s back story, and is a cross between The Sound of Music and Lovecraft.

I am sure had I been delivered of seven children in such improbable haste I would not be sitting on a swing with my skirts full of rose petals.

From the Journal of Mrs. Miranda Lovelace is a very short story that sets up the rest of the stories.

Cloudy Climes and Starless Skies is Byron Kae’s story, and was possibly my favorite of the lot.

It was just . . . oh, I don’t know . . . difficult, in a manner beyond expectation or anticipation, to be suddenly made a stranger to myself. To find a reflection in the glass that spoke of someone else’s wishes, not my own, and to know that this . . . this distorted simulacrum was what the world would see.

Both because Byron Kae is my second favorite character in the series, and because it has bits of Dil (my first favorite character).

As long as we tell their stories, the people we love will never be lost.

Liberty is the final story, and ties together all the stories in the anthology.

[Again, the recording dissolves to static. The previous transcriber insisted that— if this section of the cylinder is played back and the listener pays close attention to sounds on the edge of hearing— ancient and blasphemous voices can be heard in the chaos. The previous transcriber has since been committed to a sanatorium, and no attempt has been made to confirm his claims.]

The stories were good, but Lovecraft really isn’t my thing, so most of the stories were a bit much.

Rating: 7.5/10


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