09 December 2013
Phoebe North: One might expect Doctor Sleep to offer a unified blend of the commercial and the literary. But while it hits both literary and commercial notes, it's less a seamless mix and more of an uneven soup, undercooked in some parts, over-boiled in others.
06 December 2013
Cry Murder! In A Small Voice is a jewel of novella.
04 December 2013
Tidhar's new novel, The Violent Century, is his most successful effort yet: a huge and ambitious noir superhero novel that really isn't about superheroes at all.
02 December 2013
Catching Fire has what one might describe as classic middle film problems, but these are compounded by its failure to expand its world and deepen its story's stakes.
29 November 2013
The axes of biology and intelligence form the warp of the many stories that unfold within Moriarty's Spin series.
27 November 2013
In How the World Became Quiet, fables, fairytales, and folktales mix with science fiction and slipstream to their mutual enrichment.
25 November 2013
I read the first half of Maddaddam broadly struck by Atwood's many and deep excellences as a writer, and I read the second half broadly dispirited by what seemed to me the novel's manifold sillinesses and fallings-away.
22 November 2013
Alan Averill's The Beautiful Land is a zany first novel of time travel, its over-the-topness kept in check by snappy plotting and the author's sense of humor.
20 November 2013
The Lowest Heaven is part of an art exhibit dedicated to the interaction between art and the beautiful objects that people make in the pursuit of science.
18 November 2013
Black's Cold world is a dangerous one, her vampires just as morally ambiguous, violent and bloodthirsty as they are seductive and beautiful.
15 November 2013
Could The Last Man Standing be the apocalypse that got away?
13 November 2013
This is a novel that defies easy categorization. It is post-dystopian: in a sense, apocalypse recovery as opposed to apocalypse. Its focus on communities, on movements for change, on hope in all its difficulties and triumphs subverts dystopia's pervasive aura of gloom and despair.
11 November 2013
The fact that Westfahl's methodology is hilariously retrograde isn't some abstract, theoretical quibble. Westfahl's folksy, conservative Gibson isn't some pleasant fanzine speculation, no matter how much the tone is designed to trick the reader into believing just that; it is an attempt to determine the course of the future of the genre. William Gibson is a political act.
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