At The Mouth Of The River Of Bees by Kij Johnson (Review)

“At the Mouth of The River of Bees”, by Kij Johnson is a group of eclectic and imaginative science fiction short stories that feature not only humans but also animals including cats, bees, wolves, dogs. If reading the unimaginable and quirky is your style, then “At the Mouth of The River of Bees” is a book that must read.

Johnson is an established fantasy and science fiction writer, who has worked in publishing: managing editor for Tor Books and Wizards of the Coast/TSR, collections editor for Dark Horse Comics, project manager working on the Microsoft Reader, and managing editor of Real Networks. She is also the Associate Director for the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas, and serves as a final judge for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. Johnson has won awards including Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short story of 1994 for her novelette in Asimov’s, “Fox Magic”, the International Association for the Fantastic in the Art’s Crawford Award for best new fantasy novelist of the year. As well has been nominated and been placed on the final ballot for the 2007 Nebula and in 2010 won the Nebula for Spar, and the 2011 Nebula for Ponies. In 2012, she won both the Nebula and Hugo for “The Man Who Bridged The Mist”.

In 2009, Johnson also won the World Fantasy for “26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss”, which starts out the collection of short stories in “At the Mouth of The River of Bees” stories.

“26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss”, is a whimsical, magical realism and emotional story based on a traveling monkey show. I found myself laughing through the story, as well as shedding tears along the way. Great touching lines, “They like visiting wherever it is, sure. But this is their home. Everyone likes to come home sooner or later.” Johnson told this story in a clever way by using vignettes. It was quite disturbing though how much I could relate my life to this story.

I must say that I found “The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles”, to be a simple yet uplifting story of adventure and finding your own stories in life. After chasing the stories that she had been told, Small Cat, set out of her own journey to find the home where The Cat of the North had lived. Never finding the exact place, what Small Cat realized was that she made her own stories along this journey and at the end found not only a home and a life, but someone to share her stories with.

It is hard to pick a favorite story from this collection, but I must say that “At the Mouth of The River of Bees”, is hands down my favorite. All I am going to say on this story is have your tissues ready for a sob fest. Johnson uses great imagery in story, as well as, great metaphors and analogies, such as, “a dark mist like the shifting of a flock of flying starlings, like a pillar of gnats over a highway in hot August dusk, like a million-tiny fish changing direction. South to north, the river runs like cooling lava, like warm molasses. It might be 8 feet deep, though in places is much less, in others much more. It changes as she watches … “.

The clear theme throughout each story is loss. Loss of home, loss of friends, loss of life, but there is a clear picture of hope to compensate the loss. Whether you are a fan of fantasy fiction with a little magical realism thrown in, without reservation I must tell you, read this book. But remember that if you are like me, you might get emotional over a character or a story, so be ready for the waterworks.

2017 Annual Holiday Gift Guide – Kids Prize Giveaway

Kids have all the fun

Christmas…….

The most joyful time of year, yet the most stressful.

Yes, I said stressful.  Trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone of your list, all while making sure your kids have the best Christmas ever. Well, here is where I come in to help with that!!

Who is ready for a MASSIVE kids themed giveaway?!

 

It’s MamatheFox’s 2017 Annual Holiday Gift Guide – Kids Prize Giveaway

 

Enter to win $870+ in kids prizes from various sponsors

24 prizes all to one winner!

 

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Open to US only ♦ Must be 18+ to enter

Here is what (1) lucky winner will receive:

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Hello November Giveaway Event

Well, Goodbye October……

It seems like October just began, but now its gone.  Personally, I went through major life changes in October so maybe that is why it seems to have flown by.  But now November is here and I am ready to embrace the cooler temps, tights and cardigans and Thanksgiving.

And to make this month even better, (What could be better than tights and cardigans?), I have teamed up with a great group of bloggers to offer a $200 Hello November Giveaway!!

SAY WHAT??

Who could not use an extra $200 right at the holiday season?

I’m over here, waving my arms frantically because yes I definitely could!

So are you ready to learn more?

Win big during our $200 Hello November giveaway! You have the option of choosing between $200 PayPal Cash OR an E-Gift Card of choice! This event was organized by The Kids Did It & The Mommy Island and sponsored by the awesome bloggers, authors, and Etsy shop owners! Make sure to check out all of the awesome fall and holiday ideas they have by clicking on their blog buttons below. Curl up by the fire and relax while you enter to win our Hello November event!

Good Luck to all my lovely readers.

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Book Reviewers Needed

Well, I officially bit the bullet and self-published through Kindle Direct Publishing.

Now comes the hard part, getting book lovers to read your story. That is where I need your help. I am looking for open-minded readers to review my book and help me promote. 

If you are interested in reading my story, please use the contact form or leave me a comment below. 

Book Info:

1800 word short story

Creative Non-Fiction

Does include sexual content 

Book Summary:

One wife and mothers’ engaging sexual drama of how tangled our lives can become in the web of social media relationships when we allow ourselves to become weaved looking for love, self-assurance and affection.  How one innocent message can lead our lives down a path of self-destruction.