23 April 2014
Shimon Adaf is a poet who also writes novels. In fact he appears to have written twice as many novels as he has poetry collections, but you are not many pages into Sunburnt Faces before you realize that he is more poet than novelist.
21 April 2014
The story deserves full credit for imagination, choice of protagonist, and clever use of a cameo by Ernest Hemingway, but falls a little short of the possibilities it creates.
18 April 2014
Mars Evacuees takes place in the wake of a more conventional fix-it SF novel gone wrong.
16 April 2014
Snowpiercer is a good film, but that it defies so many of Hollywood's conventions says more about how excruciatingly narrow those conventions have become than about the film's own unconventionality.
14 April 2014
Ian Tregillis's Something More Than Night is part tongue-in-cheek noir detective story, part ontological examination of the foundations of reality, ever so slightly and amusingly absurd, and dripping with lush, weird descriptions.
11 April 2014
Talus and the Frozen King is ultimately a novel about stories.
09 April 2014
Theater always has a fantastic quality, and this rare chance at something like an embodied fantastic encounter should pique the curiosity of many.
07 April 2014
Ancillary Justice is an astoundingly assured and graceful debut novel, wedding a complicated structure to three-dimensional characters and multiple interesting SFnal ideas. The novel's core questions are not new to speculative fiction, but they are combined in ways which shed new light on them, and Leckie never allows anything to resolve into a simple answer.
04 April 2014
Exit Kingdom is a zombie apocalypse novel written in muscular, minimalist prose reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's The Road or even something from Faulkner: bleak, spare writing for a bleak, spare world.
02 April 2014
For all that people want to carve out their own discrete realms, perhaps the greatest gift in Dave Hutchinson's future Europe is the ability to cross borders.
31 March 2014
Readers of The Explorer will recognize the shape of its sequel's story. Both novels involve a space mission that goes terribly wrong, both are focused on a thorough examination of a troubled first-person narrator's mind as he buckles under the weight of his circumstances.
28 March 2014
Reflections suffers from all the usual problems of a middle volume in a series—too much set-up, not enough action, and no satisfying ending.
26 March 2014
For those looking for a summer blockbuster kind of robot story, A Calculated Life is not for you. There are no explosions or fight scenes, and the Fate of Humankind is never once hanging in the balance. But for readers who want a smart, subtle exploration of human emotion and intelligence, this is an excellent choice.
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