REVIEW: “So Sings the Siren” by Annie Neugebauer

Review of Annie Neugebauer, “So Sings the Siren”, Apex Magazine 101: Read Online. Reviewed by Joanna Z. Weston.

This story sneaks up on you, which is impressive for a 1000 word piece of flash fiction.

A young girl waits with her mother outside the hall where she is going to hear a siren sing for the first time. She asks all sorts of questions, as children are wont to do, and twirls out her excess energy in an innocent scene. That facade crumbles as we learn more about the details of how a musician plays a siren.

There is a beauty that can be born from suffering sometimes, if one is willing to work for it and lucky enough to find it. I believe that this is a story about how best to honor that choice, and whether it is better to turn away from the horror of the source in order to focus on the outcome, or whether we need to acknowledge both. It’s not an easy read, but it is powerful.

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Joanna Z. Weston

Joanna Z. Weston is a fantasy writer, living in Boston, MA. Her work has been published in Enchanted Conversation Magazine, Luna Luna, and Cat Ladies of the Apocalypse. She also reviews novellas for the Luna Station Quarterly blog. She is a member of Broad Universe, an organization that supports and promotes women and other marginalized genders who write speculative fiction.

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