Recent Reviews

Short Fiction Snapshot #8: "The Days When Papa Takes Me to War" by Rahul Kanakia

reviewed by A. S. Moser

21 April 2014

The story deserves full credit for imagination, choice of protagonist, and clever use of a cameo by Ernest Hemingway, but falls a little short of the possibilities it creates.

Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall

reviewed by Erin Horáková

18 April 2014

Mars Evacuees takes place in the wake of a more conventional fix-it SF novel gone wrong.

Snowpiercer

reviewed by Abigail Nussbaum

16 April 2014

Snowpiercer is a good film, but that it defies so many of Hollywood's conventions says more about how excruciatingly narrow those conventions have become than about the film's own unconventionality.

Something More Than Night by Ian Tregillis

reviewed by A. S. Moser

14 April 2014

Ian Tregillis's Something More Than Night is part tongue-in-cheek noir detective story, part ontological examination of the foundations of reality, ever so slightly and amusingly absurd, and dripping with lush, weird descriptions.

Talus and the Frozen King by Graham Edwards

reviewed by Anthony Cardno

11 April 2014

Talus and the Frozen King is ultimately a novel about stories.

Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales

reviewed by Erin Horáková

09 April 2014

Theater always has a fantastic quality, and this rare chance at something like an embodied fantastic encounter should pique the curiosity of many.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

reviewed by Lila Garrott

07 April 2014

Ancillary Justice is an astoundingly assured and graceful debut novel, wedding a complicated structure to three-dimensional characters and multiple interesting SFnal ideas. The novel's core questions are not new to speculative fiction, but they are combined in ways which shed new light on them, and Leckie never allows anything to resolve into a simple answer.

Exit Kingdom by Alden Bell

reviewed by Richard Larson

04 April 2014

Exit Kingdom is a zombie apocalypse novel written in muscular, minimalist prose reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's The Road or even something from Faulkner: bleak, spare writing for a bleak, spare world.

Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson

reviewed by David Hebblethwaite

02 April 2014

For all that people want to carve out their own discrete realms, perhaps the greatest gift in Dave Hutchinson's future Europe is the ability to cross borders.

The Echo by James Smythe

reviewed by Matt Hilliard

31 March 2014

Readers of The Explorer will recognize the shape of its sequel's story. Both novels involve a space mission that goes terribly wrong, both are focused on a thorough examination of a troubled first-person narrator's mind as he buckles under the weight of his circumstances.

Reflections by Roz Kaveney

reviewed by Sarah Frost

28 March 2014

Reflections suffers from all the usual problems of a middle volume in a series—too much set-up, not enough action, and no satisfying ending.

A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock

reviewed by Alix Heintzman

26 March 2014

For those looking for a summer blockbuster kind of robot story, A Calculated Life is not for you. There are no explosions or fight scenes, and the Fate of Humankind is never once hanging in the balance. But for readers who want a smart, subtle exploration of human emotion and intelligence, this is an excellent choice.

Astra by Naomi Foyle

reviewed by Martin Lewis

24 March 2014

Astra is an unusual and appealing novel and does perhaps point towards the emergence of a new breed of core genre British publishing.

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