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Archive for July, 2012

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late July

Some new publications showing up at midsummer and a 100-issue anniversary. Publications Reviewed Beneath Ceaseless Skies #99-100, July 2012 James Gunn’s Ad Astra #1, 2012 Specutopia, July/August 2012 Lightspeed, July 2012 Strange Horizons, July 2012 Tor.com, July 2012 Beneath Ceaseless Skies #99,100, July 2012 The fantasy adventure ezine is celebrating its 100th issue with a [...]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Super-Science Fiction

Before we look at the merits of the actual fiction in this sturdy, entertaining, surprisingly illuminating new anthology—whose contents have been drawn entirely from a fondly remembered but essentially minor digest SF magazine of the 1950s—let us unstintingly praise the book’s editor and its publisher. Without their mutual and interlocking contributions, the world would have [...]

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Graham Joyce

In a note at the end of his haunting, brilliant new novel Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Graham Joyce explains his chapter epigraphs – from sources as diverse as Shakespeare, Marina Warner, John Clute, G.K. Chesterton, Bruno Bettelheim, Albert Einstein, Joseph Campbell, Ursula K. Le Guin, Angela Carter, Yeats, and Auden – as an homage [...]

Restoring Balance to the World:
A Review of The Dark Knight Rises

by Gary Westfahl For certain theatre-goers in Aurora, Colorado, as everyone knows, the real world intruded quite unpleasantly into the fantasy world of the film they were enjoying, The Dark Knight Rises, and their tragic experience will inevitably color subsequent critical reactions to the film. Despite some suggestive evidence – the killer dyed his hair [...]

Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews The Weird

Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s The Weird is a monumental book in more ways than one. To begin with, there’s the sheer size of it: at 1,152 pages that feature 110 stories (quite a few of them novellas and short novels) amounting to three-quarters of a million words, it is probably the largest single volume of [...]

Faren Miller reviews Eowyn Ivey

Eowyn Ivey’s debut The Snow Child combines a plot inspired by a fairy tale with the format of a novel that’s almost mainstream. It’s set in Alaska back in the 1920s, the ‘‘homestead era’’ when people came to rugged country from out of state, lured by the promise of cheap, abundant farmland. The daughter of [...]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-July

After the last column’s underwhelming batch of stories, I’m really in the mood for something superior and substantial. Happily, I have at hand publications from two sources that can be counted on to deliver it. Publications Reviewed Subterranean, Summer 2012 Postscripts 28/29: Exotic Gothic 4, ed Danel Olson Subterranean, Summer 2012 It seems that I [...]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Karen Thompson Walker

Let us clear up any misapprehensions from the outset. Karen Walker’s debut novel is not science fiction as that genre is consensually defined. It’s a millenarian fable, and must be judged on its own terms. But having said that, the suspicion of a problem still lingers. Perhaps Walker thought she was writing science fiction, and [...]

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early July

A whole lot of zines sprouting in the summer heat, but very few stories I could consider recommending, and quite a few stinkers. Best of the lot is On Spec. Publications Reviewed Clarkesworld, July 2012 On Spec, Spring 2012 Jabberwocky #11, June 2012 GigaNotoSaurus, July 2012 Redstone SF, July 2012 Apex Magazine, July 2012 Kaleidotrope, [...]


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