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By Monica McFawn

Within the 11 kaleidoscopic tales that make up vibrant Shards of some other place, Monica McFawn lines the combustive, hilarious, and profound results that happen while humans misinterpret the minds of others. The characters—an array of artists, scientists, songwriters, nannies, horse running shoes, and poets—often try and pin down another's perspective, merely to discover that their very own worldview is way from fixed.

The characters in McFawn's tales lengthy for and worry the encroachment of others. a tender boy reduces his nanny's mobile invoice with a decision, then convinces her he can remedy her different difficulties. a guy who works at a butterfly-release enterprise turns into dangerously enthusiastic about fixing a recognized mathematical facts. A poetry professor reveals himself entangled within the research of a murdered pupil. within the ultimate tale, an getting older lyricist reconnects with a popular singer to put in writing an album within the Appalachian Mountains, in simple terms to be interrupted through the looks of his drug-addicted son and a legendary tale of recovery.

by means of turns exuberant and philosophically adroit, brilliant Shards of some place else reminds us of either the bounds of empathy and its absolute necessity. Our misreadings of others might be unavoidable, yet they themselves may be issues of attractiveness, attraction, and connection.

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And we succeeded. The vessel of the Alchemaitres' evil, the Godhead as they dared to call it, was shattered. ' smirked the Master. 'No, sir. That's true. Even in pieces, the Godhead itself resisted. So each separate shard was hurled at random back into the past. ' 'And you got the short straw, Wainwright,' he observed. ' She rose from her seat and moved towards the high window. A squall of rain was dashing against the glass. The rippled light marbled her stony face with tears that her old eyes were too dry to weep.

By the time I'd got it free,' Ketters continued, 'I didn't have enough time to open it properly. I dived out as the old girl hit the trees, and managed to land in some ornamental lake they've got back there. ' He swivelled the gun to aim upwards and began shooting down the few humanoid guards who remained to get airborne. ' 'Passable, old chap,' said the Fallen Angel, and took a deep breath. There were close shaves, and there were close shaves. The firing stopped. The Fallen Angel could feel the heat radiating from the metal of the gun.

Is this what you come to look at every day? Something that isn't there? ' 'Of course it's there. But there's a high-tension Time Brace around it. At any given moment, the tektite is five seconds ahead of us in Real Time. Therefore the image we see is of the tektite five seconds ago. And I cannot reach it. ' She was incredulous. ' The Master looked a little shifty. 'Perhaps. But not all the diamonds or gold or bootleg liquor on this miserable planet would give me a billionth of the power held in this single chunk of rock!

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