Recent Reviews

Making Wolf by Tade Thompson

reviewed by Ian Mond

04 May 2016

There's a great deal of smarts driving this book, especially in the way Thompson uses the conventions of the genre to comment on sexist and violent attitudes toward women.

The Last Weekend by Nick Mamatas

reviewed by Christina Scholz

02 May 2016

Mamatas's close relationship to San Francisco and the Bay Area feeds into his descriptions of the city and into the adventures and anecdotes shared by the characters, showing us how we're surrounded by stories and also exchanging stories with our fellow human beings on a daily basis.

Cat's Whirld by Rodolfo Martínez

reviewed by Benjamin Gabriel

29 April 2016

There are a million small things to like about Cat's Whirld, but it's hard to say if there is any one that truly stands out, or that makes it an uncontroversially good book.

The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar

reviewed by Abigail Nussbaum

27 April 2016

Here, the master's tools can’t be used to dismantle his house, and the only option for women who want to tell their own story is to drop out of the story we’re reading.

X by Alistair McDowall, directed by Vicky Featherstone

reviewed by Sophia McDougall

25 April 2016

I began to find myself perversely reminded of an old sketch by Stewart Lee and Richard Herring. Lee’s Jesus is delivering a parable to his disciples, but whenever Herring’s Matthew attempts to unpack one of his metaphors Jesus forestalls him with a beatific “Ahh!”

Voices in the Night by Steven Millhauser

reviewed by Paul Kincaid

22 April 2016

For Millhauser, the supernatural does not restore but reveal. The intrusion from outside does not resolve anything, but rather undoes any possibility of resolution, and it is in that final recognition of doubts and uncertainties that the story ends.

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

reviewed by Nina Allan

20 April 2016

With any rise in popularity—especially such a meteoric one as Link's—comes the concurrent risk of stagnation.

Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany edited by Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell

reviewed by Andy Sawyer

18 April 2016

It is sometimes said of great writers that they are universal, have something for everyone. But Delany's reputation has grown upon the back of his difficulty and complexity.

Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald

reviewed by Matt Hilliard

15 April 2016

One reason for transposing a familiar narrative to a science fictional setting is to use it as a framework to explore a new environment.


reviewed by Samira Nadkarni

13 April 2016

Am I excited by the idea of watching a TV show about moderate racists taking on a vehement racist so they can learn to be slightly less racist? Not particularly. Yet that's sort of what Shadowhunters boils down to once you pull away the trappings of the fantasy genre.

The Robot Scientist's Daughter by Jeannine Hall Gailey

reviewed by John Amen

11 April 2016

Gailey translates classic apocalyptic references into rural imagery, backwoods America into the setting for an end-times scenario, a new sub-breed of children raised on the poison buried in the earth.

Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne, translated by Frederick Paul Walter

reviewed by William Mingin

08 April 2016

Early on, English-language publishers seem to have decided Verne was a writer for boys. That, and haste, ignorance and, apparently, sheer arrogance led many of them to "massacre" his work.

Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente

reviewed by Phoebe Salzman-Cohen

06 April 2016

Radiance is a book that's particularly concerned with endings.

Trio by Sarah Tolmie and A Field Guide to the Spirits by Jean LeBlanc

reviewed by Karen Burnham

04 April 2016

What there is instead is a distinct interdisciplinary character that puts science on the same aesthetic level as the rest of human endeavour.

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