28 September 2016
It might make sense, as you read this, if you imagine my face frozen in a rictus of confused (and occasionally horrified) joy, as that might be a start to understanding the sheer depth of emotion I've felt over these two and a half hours of film.
26 September 2016
Summerlong has all the beauty of Beagle's earlier works, with an additional gravitas of worldly wisdom and even weariness that makes it ache with a bit more sharpness.
23 September 2016
Vampire fiction has something Chee wants, as fuel for the engine of his 553-page novel about the fortunes of Lilliet Berne, a nineteenth-century celebrity soprano. But he doesn’t seem to want the cross-contamination.
21 September 2016
We can see what the Duffer Brothers were raised on, but what might their children being raised on, other than new versions of those same things?
19 September 2016
In hwarhath tragedy, the characters act right. That is, they make the choice their culture says they should make, and because of this, they die, tragically. This is hwarhath serious literature, remember. This is the correct cultural ethos. But we are not reading hwarhath serious literature. We're reading not just hwarhath fiction, but subversive hwarhath fiction.
16 September 2016
Can Turner wrestle something new from all
16 September 2016
It seems that McKillip is inviting us to ask ourselves: did all those glorious quests really matter? Who did they matter to? Were they as central to the fate of the world as their protagonists would have us believe?
14 September 2016
One of the things that attracts me to games set in the future is the idea that we'll be, collectively, doing better. On its surface, Job Simulator appeared to offer just that.
12 September 2016
Neither is there a sufficiently developed literary irony for us to suppose that Jeremy’s general dickheadedness serves a higher purpose.
09 September 2016
These stories are important for today's readers, as much as and perhaps even more than ambitious stories about post-scarcity futures or AI shipminds.
07 September 2016
The best thing about the eighth Harry Potter adventure is the staging, followed by the acting; the worst thing about it is the plot.
05 September 2016
Ninefox Gambit's is a world that confronts you with its own depth.
02 September 2016
Carlyle’s view of the world was both selfish and hierarchical, and, for all its protestations of an Enlightenment model, in detail the world of Too Like the Lightning is closer to what Carlyle might have imagined.
31 August 2016
I'm here to review a film. When the end credits roll, I know that I'm meant to go home and distil my impressions into words. Yet here the credits are, and I don't really feel like I understand what I've just watched.
29 August 2016
To sweep, you've got to have sufficient space in which to move, and the protagonists of these narratives are traditionally entitled to any territory they wish to traverse.
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