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Recent Reviews

Inside A Silver Box by Walter Mosley

reviewed by Andy Sawyer

03 July 2015

It may be the clash between genre expectations that makes the novel more interesting than many an exercise more firmly based in what we think science fiction is.

The Shore by Sara Taylor

reviewed by Nina Allan

01 July 2015

The different chapters are presented to us somewhat as photographs in a battered album. Some are older than others, the colours faded away almost to monochrome. Others are more recently taken, and still bright.

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

reviewed by Paul Kincaid

29 June 2015

A God in Ruins does not conclude a story but rather opens it out in new and unexpected ways that challenge and, in places, directly contradict what we had read before. Life After Life and A God in Ruins go hand in hand, but they are pulling in opposite directions.

Dark Star by Oliver Langmead

reviewed by Dan Base

26 June 2015

Oliver Langmead's debut novel combines elements of three genres into a surprisingly focused whole: a science fiction noir poem, if you will.

When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord

reviewed by Karen Munro

24 June 2015

How do we grow up? How do we make peace with our new selves as the world changes us beyond our own recognition?

The Manhattan Projects Vols 1-5 by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra

reviewed by Alasdair Czyrnyj

22 June 2015

From history to super-science comedy to horror is the perfect summary of The Manhattan Projects.

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean, edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar, and Anita Roy

reviewed by Electra Pritchett

19 June 2015

Though grounded in India and Australia, Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean resonates globally, both through the common causes of its stories' concerns and through the brilliance of those contributions.

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

reviewed by Mahvesh Murad

17 June 2015

But because The Lie Tree is a Frances Hardinge novel, the sense of impending doom is heavy and present right from the very moody start.

Vermilion by Molly Tanzer

reviewed by Karen Burnham

15 June 2015

Vermilion: The Adventures of Lou Merriwether, Psychopomp by Molly Tanzen is a fun adventure novel that is as intersectional in genre as it is in character.

Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories by Alex Shvartsman

reviewed by Jeremy Szal

12 June 2015

Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories is a well-rounded collection of stories that's bound to have something for everyone—and, in its broad range, appeal to all senses of humor, however innocent or twisted.

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

reviewed by Abigail Nussbaum

10 June 2015

If Shadow Scale is not quite as good as Seraphina, it contains enough of the things that made Seraphina good to be more than worthwhile in its own right.

2015 Hugo Awards Short Fiction Shortlist

reviewed by Martin Lewis

08 June 2015

Why am I reviewing the five short stories nominated for this year’s Hugo Awards? That we must even ask that question is a sign of how far we have fallen.

Guns of the Dawn by Adrian Tchaikovsky

reviewed by Martin Cahill

05 June 2015

Tchaikovsky may not have reinvented the wheel in this novel, but he cast it in new light, painted it with fresh colors, and had me crane my head at new angles, making me appreciate all the craft he had put into it.

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