Recent Reviews


reviewed by Pete Davison

22 May 2015

The unusually named Steins;Gate is a time-travelling visual novel captained by a self-described insane mad scientist.

The Chimes by Anna Smaill

reviewed by Nina Allan

20 May 2015

The Chimes, for all its musical shenanigans, is actually a straightforward re-enactment of any number of classic fairytales in which rags and riches fall in love against the odds and eventually triumph.

Drifter Issues 1-5 by Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein

reviewed by Phoebe Salzman-Cohen

18 May 2015

Drifter is about reconstructing your orientation with the world and having to find a new understanding of your own self in the process.

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud

reviewed by Raz Greenberg

15 May 2015

The Sculptor, McCloud's new graphic novel, marks his return to long-form prose comics after almost two decades of devoting most of his creative energy to theory. And it is all about the question of what people want to do when they grow up.

Stranger and Hostage by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith

reviewed by Electra Pritchett

13 May 2015

If these books represent what organizations like We Need Diverse Books are working towards for readers of all ages, then the literary future is very bright indeed—no matter how that literature is published.

Archangel by Marguerite Reed

reviewed by K. Kamo

11 May 2015

The tonal shifts can be a touch jarring and often leave you questioning just how much of what is being said belongs to the character and how much to her creator, and what space is left into which the reader might project themselves.


reviewed by Jeremy Szal

08 May 2015

Chappie lacks the emotional impact to rival District 9, but remains a charming exploration of humanity, nonetheless.

Casanova: Sloth by Matt Fraction, Gabriel Ba, and Fabio Moon

reviewed by Martin Cahill

06 May 2015

Fraction, Ba, and Moon weave an intricate tale of families you're born with and families you make, alternate realities and the ripples they cast, the beauty and fear of sexual awakenings, the definition of consciousness, and staying true to yourself in the face of malevolence (a malevolence for which you may actually, kind of, sort of, be responsible).

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

reviewed by Christina Scholz

04 May 2015

When I first heard that Kazuo Ishiguro had a new novel out, and that it was a fantasy novel, I tried very hard to avoid the whole genre discussion that seemed immediately to develop.

Nước (2030)

reviewed by Benjamin Gabriel

01 May 2015

2030 is a moody, beautiful story that leverages ecological science fiction to explore issues of property.

Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

reviewed by Foz Meadows

29 April 2015

Over and over, Ancillary Sword dissects with unerring precision the varying intersections of power and culture.

How to Live on Other Planets edited by Joanne Merriam

reviewed by Shaun Duke

27 April 2015

At its most basic, How to Live on Other Planets is an anthology about the immigrant experience, but far from treating the concept exclusively in its literal interpretation, Merriam’s selections traverse the myriad ways in which meetings between alien "things" affect the individuals involved.

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

reviewed by Indrapramit Das

24 April 2015

It feels like 10 percent of the novel is the word “balls.”

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