Publishers Weekly gives the story a nod in their starred review of the book, saying “Tori Truslow’s scholarly ‘Tomorrow Is Saint Valentine’s Day’ tells the story of the Great Ice Train and its encounter with the merfolk on the Moon.”
Over at The Billion Light-Year Bookshelf, Leigh Kimmel writes: “Tori Truslow gives us a rich fantasy of a world in which the cosmology of the Middle Ages is in fact true, in which merfolk migrate seasonally between the earth and the moon, which far from being an airless rock is a wet world of water-laden atmosphere. Carefully documented from fictional letters of that other world, it tells the story of a Victorian explorer who travelled aboard a train made of ice to visit the mer-city upon the moon… We are left with a sense of realness that confounds our knowledge of actual history, so effective is the mechanism of scholarly documentation employed by the author to create the illusion of a history rather than merely a story.”
Adam Callaway at Sensawunda gives it four out of five stars and says “The whole concept of the merfolk moving to the moon is one that I have personally never heard of before. Truslow paints this gorgeous, pseduo-marine landscape and a rich merfolk culture. The prose is ‘textbook poetic’ and very fun to read… I highly recommend it.”
And Nate Winchester of Impishidea says of one of the story’s footnotes: “I dare say that part alone is worth the whole price of the book.”
You can buy Clockwork Phoenix 3 (which also contains superb fiction by Tanith Lee, Shweta Narayan, C.S.E. Cooney, Nicole Kornher-Stace and others) at Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, or order it at your local bookshop.