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    On Spec #75 Winter 2008/09

    A solid issue, as usual. My favourites this time around would be: Every Single Round a Last Call – Ryan Laliberte ┬á ┬á This was a more interesting than normal time travel story. A man is stuck moving through time, but┬ásits in a┬ábar, the bartender a constant presence in his life while everything else┬á changes constantly. I found this story enjoyable because both characters were interesting and both had secrets that were only revealed through the course of the story. Plus the events occuring in the background, outside the bar — the constantly changing timeline — were interesting. ┬á ┬á Graveyard Orbit – Jon Martin Watts ┬á ┬á A man,…

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    Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter

    This is a beautiful story, I read it over a year ago and just reviewed it today and was surprised at how readily I remembered this interesting tale. Set in a Cambodia that is not quite the same Cambodia of our world but one that feels authentic, this is the story of ghosts, specifically ghosts that cause photographs to be printed, even from disconnected photocopiers. This is also a romantic tale, sort of. The story transported me to this other world and I really felt I knew the characters and was desperate to learn more about them, especially their secrets. And there are secrets in this story, secrets hidden in…