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.
27 June 2014
Duncan doesn't seem at all interested in making the experience of reading his work easy on his readers. This is especially evident in most of the stories in Scruffians! Stories of Better Sodomites; as with the title characters themselves, appearances can be deceiving.
25 June 2014
It's rather surprising that SFF, a genre obsessed with innovative worldbuilding and socio-political environments, only infrequently explores what a truly "futuristic" drug might entail. The Making of Miasma, the first novel by Henry Escaya, serves up an interesting and hallucinatory answer.
23 June 2014
This drug-addled parable finds its footing in time to prove an exhilarating and moderately thoughtful thriller, if not the provocative piece promised.
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