by Megan S.
Two of our favorite authors have posted tastes of upcoming works in the last few days. Jim Butcher has posted Chapter One of his latest yet unpublished Dresden novel, "Ghost Story." Science Fiction and fantasy author Diane Duane has also posted the beginnings of a short story perfect for St. Patrick's Day on her site entitled, "Herself." Here's a taste...
"I met the leprechaun for the first and last time in the conveyor-sushi bar behind Brown Thomas. It was the “holy hour”, between three and four, when the chefs go upstairs for their own lunch, and everything goes quiet, and the brushed stainless-steel conveyor gets barer and barer.
"The leprechaun had been smart and had ordered his yasai-kakiage just before three. He sat there now eating it with a morose expression, drinking sake and looking out the Clarendon Street picture windows at the pale daylight that slid down between the high buildings on either side.
"While I’d seen any number of leprechauns in the street since I moved here—our family always had the Sight—I’d never found myself so close to one. I would have loved to talk to him, but just because you can see the Old People is no automatic guarantee of intimacy: they’re jealous of their privacy, and can be more than just rude if they felt you were intruding. I weighed a number of possible opening lines, discarded them all, and finally said, 'Can I borrow your soy sauce? I’ve run out.'"
Find the rest of the sample on Duane's site or purchase the whole of the short story here.
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