Recent Reviews

Elysium by Jennifer Marie Brissett

reviewed by Niall Harrison

27 February 2015

By this point, if not before, we may be asking ourselves: why do we recognise this as narrative? What is it that persists, across these differently-named bodies, in varying relations to each other?

Vampire Diaries: Season 6

reviewed by Joseph Leray

25 February 2015

Season 6 of The Vampire Diaries strikes a more somber, reflective mood — refreshing in the way it casts off the plots and villains of its predecessors.

The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman

reviewed by K. Kamo

23 February 2015

In taking this dialect and warping it, in ripping these words from their more conventional, normative, expected bases, Newman has worked a cleaving between signifier and signified, creating a situation where form frequently is meaning: words as music.

Good Omens

reviewed by Tom Speelman

20 February 2015

This adaptation of Good Omens is fun, well made, and exceptionally acted — a perfect example of why audio dramas are still being made.

Birdman

reviewed by Sophia McDougall

18 February 2015

Like the inimitable Boris Johnson, Birdman is kooky, energetic, and visually arresting.

Night after Night by Phil Rickman

reviewed by Dan Base

16 February 2015

In Night After Night, Phil Rickman reduces the unexplained phenomena haunting an old country house to mere pawns in an argument, meaning the only real tension in the novel lies between believers in the paranormal and non-believers.

Interstellar

reviewed by Kevin Lee

13 February 2015

Interstellar is an approachable sci-fi movie that explains the complex science of wormholes and black holes in simple terms without lingering on metaphysics for too long. But underneath all the theoretical science there’s a father-daughter love story tugs heavily at your heart.

The Talos Principle

reviewed by Kristopher Goorhuis

11 February 2015

The Talos Principle is a journey through quiet optimism and bittersweet melancholy that might challenge existing beliefs or ask you to form entirely new ones in areas you hadn’t considered.

Paddington

reviewed by Erin Horáková

09 February 2015

I was so suspicious of Paddington.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

reviewed by Shannon Fay

06 February 2015

Even as you stare into the pitch-black backgrounds you know you’re not going to see anything. But you also know that there’s something out there.

New Frontiers by Ben Bova

reviewed by Dan Hartland

04 February 2015

This is valuable, even essential for a literature of ideas: the ability to relate a concept to a scenario without reducing the idea to a single iteration.

Black Science, Volume One: How To Fall Forever by Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera, and Dean White

reviewed by Martin Cahill

02 February 2015

Black Science is an impressive juggling act of drama, powerful characterization, and ray-guns.

The Swan Book by Alexis Wright

reviewed by Octavia Cade

30 January 2015

This isn’t all resolved by science fiction, for Wright’s imagined future is not a hopeful one. Australia may be suffering (and suffering less) from climate change, the premier politician and saviour figure of the nation may be Aboriginal, but the more things change ...

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