Recent Reviews

Bȇte by Adam Roberts

reviewed by Andy Sawyer

19 November 2014

That Bȇte is a novel rather than an academic exercise in literary references lies in three brilliant coups.

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

reviewed by Lila Garrott

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.

The Peripheral by William Gibson

reviewed by Z. Irene Ying

14 November 2014

What do you do when the future that you predicted arrives?

We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory

reviewed by Carmen Maria Machado

12 November 2014

We Are All Completely Fine is a horror story about pieces, and itself seems to be a piece of something larger.

Apocalypse Now Now and Kill Baxter by Charlie Human

reviewed by Cassandra Khaw

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.

The Blood of Angels by Johanna Sinisalo

reviewed by Nina Allan

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.

Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis

reviewed by Lila Garrott

07 November 2014

Otherbound is a complex book about slavery and freedom, and that means that terrible and wonderful things happen in it.

Song of the Sea

reviewed by Raz Greenberg

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.

A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias

reviewed by Maria Velazquez

03 November 2014

A Darkling Sea is not an easy read, but it's a rewarding one.

Tyrannia and Other Renditions by Alan DeNiro

reviewed by L. Timmel Duchamp

31 October 2014

Wildness, fierceness, and anarchic imagination are traits to be prized in this book, above beauty, order, and sense.

Academic Exercises by K. J. Parker

reviewed by Katherine Farmar

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.

Echopraxia by Peter Watts

reviewed by Matt Hilliard

27 October 2014

Watts's fiction is too thoughtful and, frankly, too dour to traffic in human exceptionalism.

Things We Found During the Autopsy by Kuzhali Manickavel

reviewed by Sofia Samatar

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.

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

reviewed by Alix E. Harrow

22 October 2014

Fear is 99.9% about expectation. And Beukes owns expectation.

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

reviewed by Phoebe North

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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