30 July 2014
It is genuinely thrilling to discover a book that defies the clichés of the horror genre and charts an original course into new territory. To discover a writer who, instead of wheeling out the same tired leitmotifs, dares to imagine situations, worlds, textures that relate neither to the Victorian ghost story nor to the 80s horror boom but to the cultural and political landscape of our present reality.
28 July 2014
In Other words is a chapbook of poetry and flash fiction brought together by editors Saira Ali and Julia Rios to raise funds for Con or Bust.
25 July 2014
Alexandra Duncan's debut, Salvage, stands out from the crowd in that it does not concede to most typical YA genre formulations. Her heroine, Parastrata Ava, is not a particularly kick-ass girl, and though well-rendered, she is mostly notable in her pliant nature and passivity. Acting more as a lens for Duncan's striking future Earth and off-planet environs, Ava, in some ways, resembles more a typical literary heroine than YA hero.
23 July 2014
Although The Moon King is accurately described by its publisher as a fantasy, it borrows tropes from many genres.
21 July 2014
The Revolutions is simultaneously a Sherlock Holmes-ish mystery thriller complete with secret societies of nefarious purpose, a surprising love letter to the golden age of science fiction, and a fantastical vision of England in the 1890s.
18 July 2014
The title of James Smythe's latest novel is taken from Socrates's Apology. It is clearly ironic, suggesting that disaster will indeed befall the novel’s supposed good guy protagonist, Laurence Walker.
16 July 2014
Motherless Child is a vampire novel that isn't much interested in vampires.
14 July 2014
Quite apart from anything else: the film is staggeringly monotonous and unengaging. It commits the worst sin of an action blockbuster. It's boring.
11 July 2014
Cuckoo's Song is a changeling story told from the viewpoint of the changeling.
09 July 2014
There are better translations of Beowulf out there for pretty much any metric of "better" one prefers. We're entitled to ask: who is this book for?
07 July 2014
If there is a villain in Oyeyemi's clever, bold retelling of Snow White, it's not the stepmother; it's the mirror.
04 July 2014
Even if In Your Eyes's script has problems coming together, its individual scenes show Whedon's talent for writing captivating characters and memorable dialogue.
02 July 2014
Above all, Lagoon is a love letter to Lagos, even if Okorafor's idiosyncratic method of expressing her love involves unleashing the destructive chaos of an alien invasion on the city.
30 June 2014
Genevieve Valentine's "A Dweller in Amenty" is two things: it is food, and it is parentheses.
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