Recent Reviews

Family Arcana by Jedediah Berry

reviewed by K. Tait Jarboe

09 October 2015

It is no longer avant-garde to question the authority of the author, and art is a lot more fun for it.

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

reviewed by Kate Schapira

07 October 2015

What is the world, then, if it ends all the time, and how does it begin again?

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

reviewed by Martin Cahill

05 October 2015

For all the important topics covered in Shadowshaper, Older never talks down to the reader. Nor does he avoid the truly awful ways our world can be sometimes.

Loving Day by Mat Johnson

reviewed by Karen Munro

02 October 2015

Johnson uses the supernatural, uncanny, and unknown to point toward what's most complex, self-contradictory, and unanswerable in ourselves.

Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson

reviewed by Adam Morgan

30 September 2015

Aurora is one of the most captivating and epic science fiction novels of the decade so far.

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard

reviewed by Mahvesh Murad

28 September 2015

De Bodard’s Fallen can be so insidious and so cruel that it is easy to forget that they were angels once.

Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand

reviewed by Dara Downey

25 September 2015

The reader is confronted, not just with a single past, but with multiple, often conflicting or imperfectly remembered pasts, along with forgotten histories and folkways, buried atrocities, dusty archives concealed by labyrinthine passages, and weed-blurred personal memories. The result is a threadbare narrative tapestry, a jumble of faded patches from which a full picture can barely be reconstructed.

Half the World and Half a War by Joe Abercrombie

reviewed by Matt Hilliard

23 September 2015

All this is very familiar ground for readers of Abercrombie's adult work, particularly his First Law trilogy, but the Shattered Sea trilogy is his most effective exploration of these ideas.

What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton

reviewed by Marina Berlin

21 September 2015

Walton doesn't privilege books that have made it into the canon of science fiction over ones that have received relatively little attention, and in that her book becomes an unusual guide to SFF literature.

FutureDyke by Lea Daley

reviewed by Nino Cipri

18 September 2015

Heinlein did it better. Ayn Rand did it better.

Crashing Heaven by Al Robertson

reviewed by Christina Scholz

16 September 2015

Al Robertson weaves cyberpunk, space opera, and noir crime story into a fun, fast-moving PuppetPunk thriller. (A what? You’ll see.)

Hard To Be a God by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

reviewed by Gautam Bhatia

15 September 2015

The book could just as well be a wry take on contemporary debates around humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect, or a critique of colonialism’s “civilizing mission”.

Chasing the Phoenix by Michael Swanwick

reviewed by Duncan Lawie

14 September 2015

I would like to pretend I was not fooled as much as the characters, but even so, I can recommend the pleasure of experiencing the author's own confidence tricks played out.

Pacific Fire by Greg Van Eekhout

reviewed by Mark Granger

11 September 2015

If California Bones was a revenge/heist story, then Pacific Fire is most definitely a coming of age/heist story.

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