Hellebore & Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic
JoSelle Vanderhooft, Catherine Lundoff
Lethe Press, 2011 - Fiction - 238 pages
The essence of fantasy is magic and the folklore of women has often dwelt on the innumerable powers they possess. Magic that heals, magic that destroys, magic that saves their community. All these elements and more can be found in the queer women of Hellebore & Rue. These lesbians shape their worlds, their wants and needs, and, most important, their destinies. Here are stories of a greenmage reuniting with her former partner on one last mission in Connie Wilkin's "The Windskimmer"; a shaman calling on the power of the Medicine Buddha to fight demons in Jean Marie Ward's "Personal Demons"; and even an aging school nurse discovering a dark secret about her heritage in Steve Berman's "D is for Delicious." A dozen stories by a dozen talented authors, including Juliet Kemp, Lisa Morton, Ruth Sorrell, C. B. Calsing and other names that promise the reader many wonders.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
A wide variety of stories about... well, what the title says, from secondary world fantasy, through urban fantasy, to laser-eyed witch-hunters. Anthologies are always a mixed bag - all here were perfectly good stories and while some didn't have that je-ne-sais-quoi that zings for my personal tastes, others did. "Gloam" and "Witches Have Cats" were fantastic - great characterisation. I enjoyed "Sky-Lit Bargains" though I think the story I really wanted to read was the one implied by its ending. "And Out of The Strong Came Sweetness" was a particularly strong (and sweet!) story.
Review: Hellebore & Rue: Tales of Queer Women and MagicUser Review - Goodreads
(The rating is probably more like... 3.5 stars? The fact that we have no half star option is an endless source of woe for me, but alas.) I love short stories. I love queer ladies. I love magical ...
TROUBLE ARRIVED CB CALSING
PERSONAL DEMONS JEAN MARIE WARD
THE WINDSKIMMER CONNIE WILKINS
SKY LIT BARGAINS KELLY A HARMON
GLOAM QUINN SMYTHWOOD
WITCHES HAVE CATS JULIET KEMP
D IS FOR DELICIOUS STEVE BERMAN
AND OUT OF THE STRONG CAME FORTH SWEETNESS LISA NOHEALANI MORTON