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Beneath Ceaseless Skies #243, January 18, 2018

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Beneath Ceaseless Skies #243, January 18, 2018

"Benefactors of Silence" by Nin Harris

"Nneamaka's Ghost" by Walter Dinjos

Reviewed by Victoria Silverwolf

"Benefactors of Silence" by Nin Harris is a brief story with only two characters.

A woman takes in a soldier who has invaded her homeland. She provides him with the food and music he needs, but denies him the right to call himself a member of her people. This is an emotional character study without much plot. The exotic details that make it fantasy play no important role. The author's style is elegant but overwritten.

In "Nneamaka's Ghost" by Walter Dinjos, the title specter appears to a man and asks him to dig up her body so she can return to life. Many complications follow, including another ghost who wants him to burn her body instead. The richly detailed setting is the most interesting part of this story.


Victoria Silverwolf forgot to review this issue until the Noble Editor reminded her.