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Archive for October, 2013

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late October

Reviews of stories from Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tor.com, and Paula Guran’s anthology Halloween: Magic, Mystery and the Macabre, with recommendations of stories by Sunny Moraine and Gemma Files

Russell Letson reviews Ann Leckie

From Locus Magazine’s October 2013 issue


A revenge-quest intertwined with a set of figure-my-culture puzzles wrapped around a reluctant-buddies adventure-travelogue, climaxing in a series of revelations and action-movie physical confrontations. The complexity and strangeness of the world that generates all this requires a degree of patience at the beginning — there is a large dose of guess-my-world in the book’s DNA, and some of the questions one puzzles over are necessarily left unanswered for some time. But patience is rewarded. This is not entry-level SF, and its payoff is correspondingly greater because of that.

Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews Tales of Jack the Ripper

From Locus Magazine’s October 2013 issue


Ross Lockhart’s Tales of Jack the Ripper is the latest in a succession of anthologies featuring stories on the Jack the Ripper theme. Its 19 selections — poetry and fiction — are a mix of reprints and (mostly) originals that show both the possibilities and limitations of that theme.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Graham Joyce

From Locus Magazine’s October 2013 issue


A couple of elements that may seem fantastical, such as the record-smashing heat wave and the locust-like plague of millions of ladybirds, turn out to be well-documented actual events from the summer of 1976, when the novel takes place. As is often the case with Joyce, we come to realize that some events which seem fantastical aren’t, and some events which seem real turn out fantastical.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-October

Reviews of stories in new issues of F&SF and Lightspeed and in anthology Rags and Bones, with recommendations of stories by Michael Blumlein, Albert E. Cowdrey, M.K. Hobson, Neil Gaiman, Tim Pratt, and Gene Wolfe

Paul Di Filippo reviews K.W. Jeter

Special to Locus Online


The interesting question now, concerning Fiendish Schemes, released some twenty-five years of steampunkishness onward, is whether Jeter can offer advances on the form. I’m happy to report a triumph. This is state-of-the-art “mad Victorian fantasy.”

Gwenda Bond reviews Holly Black

One Holly Black novel in a year is reason for her many fans to be happy, but this year readers get the treat of two. Her flawless middle-grade standalone Doll Bones, which explored growing up and play, is now followed by a darkly riveting standalone YA novel, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Some readers may […]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Eric Lundgren

Special to Locus Online


The accomplished and engaging debut novel of Eric Lundgren basically conflates the absurdist doings of a typical George Saunders story with the homegrown Midwest eccentric ambiance of Garrison Keillor’s Lake Woebegone — except that Lundgren’s venue of Trude is not a village but a medium-sized city.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early October

Reviews of stories from Beneath Ceasless Skies, Clarkesworld, Apex, Kaleidotrope, and Strange Horizons, plus Paula Guran’s anthology Once Upon a Time, with recommendations of stories by Richard Parks, Nathan Ballingrud, Geoffrey W. Cole, and Rose Lemberg

“It’s Time to Go Home”: A Review of Gravity


Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity is not only an excellent movie that people should see, but also an excellent movie that people need to see, to learn about what they have mostly been missing in the last half century of films about space travel — namely, the actual experience of living in space.

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