by Nisi Shawl

Aqueduct Press
2022, 312 pages, $19

ISBN 978-1-61976-224-4

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BODIES is an interesting collection of speculative fiction.

“An Awfully Big Adventure.” This vignette traces one woman’s experience with life and the fall into the abyss of death.

“Woman of the Doll.” Josette has a way with her doll, Viola, who gives her advice as a madam of Room 1213.

“Cruel Sister.” Calliope has a murderous intent on her sister, Dory. Only a musical instrument can successfully lead the way to the scene of the crime.

Shawl introduces us to “Brit” in a series of stories of a girl with dark powers, in “Street Worm” to defeat ghost worms, “Queen of Dirt” and in “Conversion Therapy.” Shawl describes Brit with a power called “visioning.”

“Just Between Us.” Dolores can bake like the best, even serving up humans.