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Archive for November, 2014

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, Late November

Reviews of stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tor.com, Analog, and Asimov’s

Russell Letson reviews Ann Leckie

From Locus Magazine’s November 2014 issue


Ann Leckie’s debut novel, Ancillary Justice, created instant buzz in the field and then took a thoroughly deserved fistful of big awards. To my delight, Ancillary Sword is an even stronger book, though it takes an interestingly different path than the one that made Justice a bit of a magical mystery tour de force.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Mike and Rachel Grinti

Special to Locus Online


They have produced a very amiable, engaging, small-scale fantasy, praiseworthy both for its entertaining qualities and its “done in one” remit. Although not technically a YA, the book has an overall texture and tone akin to the best of Andre Norton, a writer whom many adult readers certainly and justifiably esteem.

“The Revolution Will Be Televised”:
A Review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Special to Locus Online


I have been studying the films of the unfolding Hunger Games saga as a revealingly successful effort to reflect the attitudes and opinions of the teenagers and young adults in their target audience. And, in a manner that is both fascinating and annoying, this new film offers additional insights into the minds of America’s future leaders.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Brad R. Torgersen

Special to Locus Online


A fix-up or expansion that includes two earlier stories, one of which made the Hugo ballot in 2014, The Chaplain’s War is wartime SF with a unique slant, offering moral and ethical complexities, adroit characterization, and plenty of firepower thrills as well.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-November

Reviews of stories in the debut issue of new ‘zine Uncanny and in new issues of Interzone, Shimmer, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons

Faren Miller reviews Gregory Maguire’s Egg & Spoon

From Locus Magazine’s November 2014 issue


Mingling in-jokes with history and witch­craft, fantastic creatures with disruptions in the weather, Egg & Spoon provides a feast much richer, subtler (and more digestible) than borscht with a side order of breakfast cereal.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Lavie Tidhar’s A Man Lies Dreaming

From Locus Magazine’s November 2014 issue


No one can accuse Lavie Tidhar of being risk-averse. Tidhar’s latest variation on 20th-century history takes us into an alternate 1939 in which Adolf Hitler, having lost the 1933 German election to the Communists, is scraping by as a down-at-the-heels private eye in London.

2014: A Grand Ole Odyssey: A Review of Interstellar

Special to Locus Online


It requires considerable courage to make a film that, as I will argue, undertakes to both emulate and refute 2001: A Space Odyssey; and while I ultimately found its argument unpersuasive, the film is still provocative and, one might say, intelligently misguided in ways that are unfortunately rare in today’s filmmaking marketplace.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Steven Erikson

Special to Locus Online


Now comes Steven Erikson’s rendition of a Star Trek homage-cum-dismantling. Erikson’s version is Monty Python by way of Steve Aylett, a mad, sometimes surreal running amok of pure Id, Libido, Irreverence and Anti-authoritarianism…


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