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Reading Subversion (Day 1)

Posted by kayholt on January 7, 2012 in publishing, writing |

I asked editor Bart R. Leib if he arranged it this way on purpose, but he told it me it was pure happenstance that luck and philosophy are central elements in both of the first two stories in the Subversion anthology.

Jessica Reisman’s A Thousand Wings of Luck is a beautiful tale even taken only at face value. But its pretty face isn’t the reason I’ve read it a handful of times already and expect to reach for it again in future. I appreciate it more for casting doubt on face values. Without being heavy-handed, A Thousand Wings of Luck explores the interplay between faith and skepticism and invites the reader to take no assumption for granted. To question tradition and dogma, and examine superstition and the influence of interpretation upon the law. In its elegant way, this story also advocates for experimentation as both a threat to empty faith and the remedy for blind literalism.

In And All Its Truths by Camille Alexa, perfection is the enemy of the good. If not for the vision of a few persistent non-conformists willing to risk all, the future would be lost. This story more closely navigates human experience than it follows a series of events. Its characters and sympathetic readers value the dignity of all above anyone’s comfort, and pursue it without social sanction. But instead of indulging in the rampant melodrama usually associated with antihero storylines, And All Its Truths confronts issues of identity and belonging with a light touch. The plot – in which circumstance demands the heroism of outlaws – is familiar and dear to literature’s heart, but it’s rarely treated so warmly.

This is only the beginning. Do your subversive heart a favor and read the anthology. It’s full of double agents and double meanings. Buy it here.

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