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398#10 is here! Inside there are nine stories from previous issues of 398, plus two brand new stories for your reading pleasure. What kind of stories you ask? They are short stories of a fairy tale nature full of magic and mazes, swimming pianos and underwater worlds where it stays winter all year long. The zine is all text, not cut and paste like many of my other zines. But it does have a few little illustrations. The zine is 48pages, 1/4 sized. All writing by Elizabeth J. M. W.
Table of Contents
1. The Boy Who Owned the Forest
2. The Maze
4. Chapter Eleven
5. The Winter of the River
6. The Piano that Swam
7. The Abandoned Castle
9. Cornelia and Timothy
11.The Paper Boy
Review from Zine World #28
Hell yeah, a collection of original short-short stories by Elizabeth J. M. W. that are great. While not as ethereal and crafted as Patricia McKillip's novels, these stories brought fantasy to mind (yes, this comparison shows how much I liked these stories). "The Boy Who Owned the Forest" is simple and neat, while "The Winter of the River" is bittersweet. Nearly all the stories are awesome. Well worth your time. Order now.
Review from Sample Press (www.samplepress.org)
This zine is a compilation of favored short stories from the previous nine issues of 398, with two new stories to boot! The stories are well-written fairy tales, some with a lesson, some seemingly without (although it may have been there and I just missed it). Elizabeth's writing is colorful and descriptive and I enjoy her style quite a bit.
Here's an excerpt from the story titled Summer:
"She would come knock at my door early in the day, while the morning doves were still singing. Her anklet had tiny silver charms and bells that sounded like an ice cream bicycle in a dream - by that sweet music I could always anticipate her knock."
See what I mean? Nice, descriptive authoring, especially for a zinester. A typical zinester tends to favor the short and sweet method of writing fiction. It's nice to see someone giving their words a lot of flair.
This is a solid effort that reads like Grimm's Fairy Tales for the underground set. Snag a copy if you like fiction zines. Good stuff.
-- Jennifer Manriquez
Review from Broken Pencil, Issue 40: (www.brokenpencil.com)
If you take a quarter-sized zine, pack it to the brim with short stories and toss in some cartoons, you have the main ingredients that make up 398. Serving up a whole whack of fairy tales, 398 is a litzine that has created a Wonderland all its own with stories of crazy cornfield mazes, swimming pianos and magic. One thing to truly apprecite about this zine is its accessibility: its reading level will provide a comfortable challenge for children but will also engage older readers. And while the stories are fantastical, they have substance and avoid sugarcoating reality. Take "The Piano that Swam" for example:
"My mother died.
My mother use to play the piano.
My mother died, but father kept the piano.
I would sometimes catch father staring at the piano after her death. It was as if he was willing it to play like mother used to do every night after dinner while father did the washing up. He'd say, 'It's a pleasure to do the dirty work when accompanied by such beautiful music.'"
Intrigued? I was. Of course, there are also stories that follow the traditional formula of storytelling, like this one: "There once was a boy who owned a forest, one could even say he was the King of the forest, although no official title was actually given."
So of the eleven stories in issue 10 (two new stories and nine from previous issues), there is quite a diversity of topics to choose from. Elizabeth J. M. W., the zine's wordsmith, approaches her stories with such elegant simplicity that retunrning to the mythical land of my youth was a welcomed expedition. (Amy Greenwood)
Review from Narcolepsy Press Reviews, Issue 4
First of all I love mini zines like this. It'll fit perfectly in a Levi's back pocket. This zine is one of those that is like a little book. Excellently written by Elizabeth J. M. W. it's got 11 short stories. There's a fantasy element to these stories. A boy and a girl fall through the ice into an underwater kingdom in "The Winter of the River". A girl and her spider discover the magic of zines in "Cornelia and Timothy". One called "The Tree" was real short and written in a unique way to depict one day that a tree decided to go for a walk. One of favorites was "The Paper Boy" about a girl whose boyfriend is paper. Like -- a piece of paper. (Randy Robbins)
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