Recent Reviews

The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes

reviewed by Richard Webb

06 March 2015

Exactly why someone is doing what to whom is not always perfectly clear.

Stay by John Clute

reviewed by Matthew Cheney

04 March 2015

Watching other people wield Clute’s idiolect is like watching toddlers play with sex toys: at once funny, gross, and embarrassing.

The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

reviewed by Maximillian Edwards

02 March 2015

What is particularly impressive about The Death House as a science fiction novel, however, is that while the ‘what if’ is the foundation of the story – the titular Death House gives rise to much, if not all, of the action – the novel’s heart is in its characters.

Elysium by Jennifer Marie Brissett

reviewed by Niall Harrison

27 February 2015

By this point, if not before, we may be asking ourselves: why do we recognise this as narrative? What is it that persists, across these differently-named bodies, in varying relations to each other?

Vampire Diaries: Season 6

reviewed by Joseph Leray

25 February 2015

Season 6 of The Vampire Diaries strikes a more somber, reflective mood — refreshing in the way it casts off the plots and villains of its predecessors.

The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman

reviewed by K. Kamo

23 February 2015

In taking this dialect and warping it, in ripping these words from their more conventional, normative, expected bases, Newman has worked a cleaving between signifier and signified, creating a situation where form frequently is meaning: words as music.

Good Omens

reviewed by Tom Speelman

20 February 2015

This adaptation of Good Omens is fun, well made, and exceptionally acted — a perfect example of why audio dramas are still being made.

Birdman

reviewed by Sophia McDougall

18 February 2015

Like the inimitable Boris Johnson, Birdman is kooky, energetic, and visually arresting.

Night after Night by Phil Rickman

reviewed by Dan Base

16 February 2015

In Night After Night, Phil Rickman reduces the unexplained phenomena haunting an old country house to mere pawns in an argument, meaning the only real tension in the novel lies between believers in the paranormal and non-believers.

Interstellar

reviewed by Kevin Lee

13 February 2015

Interstellar is an approachable sci-fi movie that explains the complex science of wormholes and black holes in simple terms without lingering on metaphysics for too long. But underneath all the theoretical science there’s a father-daughter love story tugs heavily at your heart.

The Talos Principle

reviewed by Kristopher Goorhuis

11 February 2015

The Talos Principle is a journey through quiet optimism and bittersweet melancholy that might challenge existing beliefs or ask you to form entirely new ones in areas you hadn’t considered.

Paddington

reviewed by Erin Horáková

09 February 2015

I was so suspicious of Paddington.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

reviewed by Shannon Fay

06 February 2015

Even as you stare into the pitch-black backgrounds you know you’re not going to see anything. But you also know that there’s something out there.

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