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Archive for February, 2016

Laird Barron reviews Gary A. Braunbeck

From Locus Magazine’s February 2016 issue

Without question Halfway Down the Stairs is a long overdue omnibus of horror stalwart Gary Braunbeck’s short fiction. It’s a massive tome weighing in at nearly 600 pages and it collects the vast majority of the author’s output over the past couple of decades.

Reviews by Carolyn Cushman, February 2016

From Locus Magazine’s February 2016 issue

Reviews of titles by Carol Berg, Anne Bishop, Holly Black & Cassandra Clare, and C. Dale Brittain

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Tim Powers

From Locus Magazine’s February 2016 issue

Like Three Days to Never, Medusa’s Web features a California setting, a mysterious lost film of the silent era, and bits of time travel.

Russell Letson reviews Carter Scholz

From Locus Magazine’s February 2016 issue

Gypsy is the first collection of Carter Scholz material in a dozen years, consisting of the centerpiece title novella, a pair of short stories, an essay, an interview with Scholz (conducted by editor Terry Bisson), and a bibliography. As compelling as the shorter pieces are, it is the novella that grabs and won’t let go.

Paul Di Filippo reviews John Wray

Special to Locus Online

For a book concerned with time travel, The Lost Time Accidents is resolutely linear. Wray really has no use for the clichés of paradoxes and jumbled continuity. Instead he is intent on chronicling with grim humor the weight of eternity and mortality that afflicts all of us. In the case of the time-tormented Tollivers, they are the quivering canaries in the temporal coal mine of the cosmos.

Laird Barron reviews V.H. Leslie

From Locus Magazine’s January 2016 issue

Michael Kelly’s Undertow Press is a champion of literary horror and V.H. Leslie’s Skein and Bone fits the mold of the quiet, nuanced work we’ve come to expect from this publisher. Leslie’s collection is moody and atmospheric; cozy, yet far from comforting.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Edward D. Hoch

Special to Locus Online

Primarily and correctly labeled a mystery writer, the prolific Hoch (nearly 1000 stories to his credit) also delved exuberantly into fantastika. And now, thanks to the efforts of an editor, an heir and a fan — and publisher Wildside Press — we get twenty-nine of his out-of-this-world tales neatly assembled in a single volume.

Faren Miller reviews Ian Tregillis

From Locus Magazine’s January 2016 issue

Like The Mechanical, first of Ian Tregillis’s Alchemy Wars trilogy, The Rising deftly inter­weaves three viewpoints and plotlines, but this sequel raises the stakes in its fantastical North America devoid of Brits and rife with industrial magics.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Ben Bova

Special to Locus Online

Any preconceptions that readers might have had about imaginary limitations regarding the kind of fiction that Ben Bova produces will be blown away by the broad spectrum of stories here…

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