Recent Reviews

Dream Paris by Tony Ballantyne

reviewed by Alasdair Czyrnyj

29 June 2016

In the middle of Dream London, one character flat-out admitted that the world of the new city was a scam, an illogical place assembled by stunted imaginations to trap and divide its inhabitants.

Advantageous

reviewed by Samira Nadkarni

27 June 2016

The existentialist horror of Advantageous is not the sort of thing you can really warn a person about without unpacking your own personal fears and laying them bare for anyone to see.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream adapted by Russell T. Davies

reviewed by Abigail Nussbaum

24 June 2016

Davies’s Midsummer presents the story as if it were an episode of Doctor Who. This, oddly enough, turns out to be an endlessly rewarding choice.

The Jungle Book

reviewed by Rukmini Pande

22 June 2016

Suddenly my personal stakes in the movie had reversed entirely. In my mind, from that moment on, the English version didn't really matter. The real one was going to be in Hindi.

Tale of Shikanoko Books 1 & 2 by Lian Hearn

reviewed by Electra Pritchett

20 June 2016

In the year 2K16, it’s understood that the bar is high for white writers who choose to tell these stories. I was expecting to write a review covering multiple points that are generally made in these conversations; by the end, I was just angry.

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

reviewed by Samira Nadkarni

17 June 2016

Going into this book, there's only one real question you need to be asking yourself: Do you want to read about dramatic demon sex tentacles?

Long Dark Dusk by J.P. Smythe

reviewed by Mahvesh Murad

15 June 2016

Smythe continues doing with Long Dark Dusk what he did so well with Way Down Dark.

Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia A. McKillip

reviewed by Chris Kammerud

13 June 2016

There is power in being able to name things, and McKillip knows a great many names.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

reviewed by Linda Wilson

10 June 2016

It is hard to believe that this is Becky Chambers’ first novel, as it is so well constructed, imaginative, and fluently written.

Azanian Bridges by Nick Wood

reviewed by Gautam Bhatia

08 June 2016

It is this long shadow of present politics that Nick Wood's debut novel, Azanian Bridges—an alternate history of early-twenty-first century South Africa, where apartheid never ended—must contend with and overcome.

Dangerous Visions: News From Nowhere

reviewed by Erin Horáková

06 June 2016

There is no danger whatever in this play.

Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

reviewed by Dan Hartland

03 June 2016

"Trail-blazing" has become one of the meaningless tropes of book-blurbing, but Brown Girl in the Ring offers a genuine example of the form.

Report from Planet Midnight by Nalo Hopkinson

reviewed by Arkady Martine

01 June 2016

Is Report from Planet Midnight, then, a manifesto, curated as to create a programmatic exemplar of how to address race in SFF? Not, I would argue, precisely: the book is more a demonstration than a manifesto, a presentation and a description of one version of practicing the attention which is demanded in the "Report" and detailed in the final interview.

Falling in Love with Hominids by Nalo Hopkinson

reviewed by Christina Scholz

30 May 2016

Hopkinson's stories are very much about finding one’s place in the world, about battling hierarchies and systems of oppression, and about empowerment. Female readers need voices like hers, LGBT readers need voices like hers, and so does the genre of Weird fiction.

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