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Archive for September, 2014

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late September

Reviews of new stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies and and in Jonathan Strahan’s anthology Fearsome Magics, and of a novella by Genevieve Valentine

Stefan Dzaimianowicz reviews Stephen Jones’ Best New Horror 25

From Locus Magazine’s September 2014 issue

Stephen Jones’s Mammoth Book of Best New Horror series celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, a landmark by any standard in genre publishing.

Paul Di Filippo reviews David Shafer

Special to Locus Online

Ending satisfyingly but with ultimate outcome uncertain, WTF deals with its big themes in a sprightly yet serious fashion. If you were to fuse Max Barry’s Lexicon with Dave Eggers’s The Circle, then blend in some of Matt Ruff’s Bad Monkeys, you might approach the lunatic sanity and gonzo wisdom of Shafer’s accomplished debut.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-September

Reviews of new stories in Analog, Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, and of Octavia Cade’s novella The Don’t Girls

“A Hunger for Games?”: A Review of The Maze Runner

Special to Locus Online

The Maze Runner, as one hardly needs to say about any major film that achieves wide release, is a fast-paced, involving adventure with excellent special effects, and there are even hints of an imperfectly realized effort to achieve a sort of profundity not found in the novel.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Genevieve Valentine

From Locus Magazine’s September 2014 issue

The real achievement of Genevieve Valentine’s The Girls at the Kingfisher Club isn’t just that it recasts the princesses as flappers in 1927 New York — even Anne Sexton saw that coming when in her version she described them as dancing “like taxi girls at Roseland” — but in delicately balancing her language between the transparent directness of the folktale and the contemporary sensibility of the novel.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Jay Lake

Special to Locus Online

This volume contains over thirty stories, published from 2007 to 2013, so there is assuredly little overlap with Lake’s earlier collections. In other words, we are getting his mature work, written almost precisely in the interstices of his illness, which began in 2008.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Benjamin Parzybok

Special to Locus Online

Whatever silly tag we try to affix on Parzybok and Sherwood Nation, the undeniable truth is, he’s a unique voice who’s delivered a very good book that is both comic and tragic, grounded and fanciful, closely observed and well imagined.

Lois Tilton reviews Short fiction, early September

Reviews of new stories in Interzone, Clarkesworld, Apex, Lightspeed, and anthology Coming Soon Enough, with recommendations of stories by Nina Allan, T.R. Napper, Greg Egan, J.Y. Yang, and Seth Dickinson

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