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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
20 April 2016
With any rise in popularity—especially such a meteoric one as Link's—comes the concurrent risk of stagnation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
06 April 2016
Radiance is a book that's particularly concerned with endings.
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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