Recent Reviews

How to Live on Other Planets edited by Joanne Merriam

reviewed by Shaun Duke

27 April 2015

At its most basic, How to Live on Other Planets is an anthology about the immigrant experience, but far from treating the concept exclusively in its literal interpretation, Merriam’s selections traverse the myriad ways in which meetings between alien "things" affect the individuals involved.

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

reviewed by Indrapramit Das

24 April 2015

It feels like 10 percent of the novel is the word “balls.”

Constantine

reviewed by Tom Speelman

22 April 2015

The television adaptation of Constantine shines brightest when its eponymous protagonist is on screen.

Kaleidoscope, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios

reviewed by Alix E. Harrow

20 April 2015

The authors and protagonists here reflect the world we live in, in all its kaleidoscopic glory.

The Dark Defiles by Richard Morgan

reviewed by Liz Bourke

17 April 2015

In many ways, The Dark Defiles and its predecessors are engaged in explicitly interrogating—explicitly deconstructing—the idea of the hero's journey that is common coinage in fantasy.

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

reviewed by Niall Alexander

15 April 2015

The story of City of Stairs springs from Bennett’s setting, leading to a feeling of coherency, of completeness, that precious few fantasies can match.

Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

reviewed by Nino Cipri

13 April 2015

Meche's grandmother warns her, early in the book, "Magic will break your heart." And it does, slowly and inexorably.

Navigatio by Patrick Holland

reviewed by Octavia Cade

10 April 2015

Much of the voyage is therefore a deliberate giving up of control: the sails are taken down and the oars are put away and the curragh is left to float on currents, an object of fate.

Escape from Baghdad! by Saad Z. Hossain

reviewed by T. S. Miller

08 April 2015

A nation at war is necessarily a world turned upside-down, so why not turn it over to a few drinking, swearing, and wisecracking Lords of Misrule?

Pretty Deadly: Volume I by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Rios, Jordie Bellaire, and Clayton Cowles

reviewed by Phoebe Salzman-Cohen

06 April 2015

What is a "myth space?" Is it a place in which mythical things can occur, and is this different from the myth itself?

Kill Marguerite by Megan Milks

reviewed by Subashini Navaratnam

03 April 2015

This makes it seem like Kill Marguerite is an entire collection of stories about slug sex and excrement, but it’s not.

Darknet by Matthew Mather

reviewed by Redfern Jon Barrett

01 April 2015

At the heart of Darknet lies the ultimate amorality of global capital.

Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho

reviewed by Abigail Nussbaum

30 March 2015

No matter how fantastical the events of Cho's stories—or how romantic their proceedings—her characters are standing on a solid foundation of good sense, which reminds them that love is great, but what about getting good grades?

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