19 November 2014
That Bȇte is a novel rather than an academic exercise in literary references lies in three brilliant coups.
17 November 2014
On a macro level, as a piece of worldbuilding, plotting, character creation, trope deconstruction, and planning, The Mirror Empire is a major and significant achievement.
14 November 2014
What do you do when the future that you predicted arrives?
12 November 2014
We Are All Completely Fine is a horror story about pieces, and itself seems to be a piece of something larger.
11 November 2014
Baxter's books, reeking of grit and magic, sometimes feel like they're on a calculated safari, a quest to be as edgy and inappropriate for possible.
10 November 2014
At a time when much of science fiction has been criticized for being bland, uncommitted or retrospective, Johanna Sinisalo's The Blood of Angels is a raw, gritty, angry book that is actually about something.
07 November 2014
Otherbound is a complex book about slavery and freedom, and that means that terrible and wonderful things happen in it.
05 November 2014
In Song of the Sea, Moore appears to have found the right balance between a story that is deeply rooted in his country's culture and at the same time is also universally humane and touching.
03 November 2014
A Darkling Sea is not an easy read, but it's a rewarding one.
31 October 2014
Wildness, fierceness, and anarchic imagination are traits to be prized in this book, above beauty, order, and sense.
29 October 2014
Parker has a fascination with the nuts and bolts of life, both literally and metaphorically; the minute descriptions of how things are made give Parker's world a solidity and a complexity that most fantasy writers cannot hope to achieve.
27 October 2014
Watts's fiction is too thoughtful and, frankly, too dour to traffic in human exceptionalism.
24 October 2014
A key feature of this collection, and of weird fiction in general, is that it both stimulates and frustrates the desire to interpret.
22 October 2014
Fear is 99.9% about expectation. And Beukes owns expectation.
20 October 2014
The Girls as the Kingfisher Club is many things: fairy tale; historical novel; speculative tale. But above all, this is love story.
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