Recent Reviews

The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales

reviewed by Karen Munro

21 October 2016

(Spoiler: middle managers don’t fare well in a showdown between super-powered assassins.)

The Familiar Volume 2: Into the Forest and The Familiar Volume 3: Honeysuckle & Pain by Mark Z. Danielewski

reviewed by Benjamin Gabriel

19 October 2016

Reading through genre provides a frame. Both Danielewski's fans do and his professional critics consider his work as a particularly intricate key with eyes toward a potential lock; the frame, instead, allows us to situate it on a keyring, and go from there.

Killjoys Season 2

reviewed by Marina Berlin

17 October 2016

In its recently completed second season, however, Killjoy mostly rested on its laurels, abandoning a lot of the subversive attitude that made the show worth watching.

The Unfinished World by Amber Sparks

reviewed by Stephanie Chan

14 October 2016

Sparks's writing is often beautiful, which makes its loneliness that much sharper.

Alice Isn't Dead

reviewed by Nino Cipri

12 October 2016

Joseph Fink, one of the co-creators of the popular podcast Welcome to Nightvale and now the podcast fiction serial Alice Isn’t Dead, seems drawn to the weird nooks that lie between the coasts, outside of the cities and cultural hotpots; the small places that lie "somewhere in the heart of somewhere else."

The Border of Paradise by Esmé Weijun Wang

reviewed by Nina Allan

10 October 2016

The Border of Paradise is not speculative fiction so much as gothic fiction, a grand narrative of decline and fall, of the sins of the fathers, of a family tragedy of almost preternatural dimensions.

Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

reviewed by Rachel Swirsky

07 October 2016

It's very impressive for a book like this to so amply and seamlessly reward both informed and uninformed readers.

The Legend of Tarzan

reviewed by Zina Hutton

05 October 2016

In so many ways, The Legend of Tarzan is the ultimate white savior movie.

The Young Wizards by Diane Duane

reviewed by Electra Pritchett

03 October 2016

In the run-up to and wake of the publication of the tenth installment in the series, Games Wizards Play (2016), I took the excuse first to reread all the preceding books, and few exercises in revisiting childhood favorites have been so vindicating, so filled with wonder, sorrow, delight, and ultimately joy. In other words, my reread merely reflected the books' contents back at me.

Meeting Infinity edited by Jonathan Strahan

reviewed by C.S. Bhagya

30 September 2016

The thing to be alert to in the experience of future-shocks, one deduces, is to being deceived by the sound of the temporary in the term: each change might be rapid, seemingly transient, until the next; but each change is sweeping and thorough, creating newer histories of moments.

A Flying Jatt

reviewed by Samira Nadkarni

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.

Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle

reviewed by Stephen Case

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.

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

reviewed by Catherine Rockwood

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.

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