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.
07 October 2015
What is the world, then, if it ends all the time, and how does it begin again?
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.
02 October 2015
Johnson uses the supernatural, uncanny, and unknown to point toward what's most complex, self-contradictory, and unanswerable in ourselves.
30 September 2015
Aurora is one of the most captivating and epic science fiction novels of the decade so far.
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.
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.
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.
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.
18 September 2015
Heinlein did it better. Ayn Rand did it better.
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.)
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”.
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.
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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