I’ve been looking forward to reading Tempest ever since I saw its striking cover and read the synopsis. I’m a sucker for a good time travel story, but the more such stories I encounter, the harder it is for them to impress me. After a while, they all seem somewhat familiar—which makes it even more important to focus on the characters and relationships. Fortunately, Julie Cross manages both to create sympathetic, interesting characters and offer a surprisingly fresh take on time travel.
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This was one of the most moving, and in an unforced way original, stories in the collection–my joint favourite with M.K. Hobson’s “Kid Despair in Love.”
Overall he seems to like the rest of the issue quite a bit:
Sybil’s Garage achieves a satisfyingly universal appeal, and an extremely high degree of literary quality… it is pretty wonderful stuff—beautifully produced, and never dull. The stories are a mix of slipstream, near-future, horror, comedy horror, mythic and pseudo-mythic—eschewing anything as vulgar or misleading as a neat straightjacket of genre.
Jo-Anne Odell of Tangent Online had some positive things to say about my SF story “My Father’s Eyes” in Sybil’s Garage No. 7:
I thought this a well-written story. It reveals its plot right up front, which I appreciate, and it’s a good length, not carrying things too far.
Check out the full review of the issue here. If you’re interested in reading the magazine, you can order a print or electronic copy from Senses Five Press.