Reviews of titles by Cornelia Funke, Yasmine Galenorn, Jim C. Hines, Seanan McGuire, and Michelle Sagara
Archive for March, 2016
It should be obvious by now that I disliked this film’s approach to Superman and Batman and generally did not enjoy watching it; yet, after two hours of routine violence and tedious exposition, there comes a time when this misbegotten film suddenly sputters to life and becomes a satisfying viewing experience and that is when a third hero, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), finally appears [and] for the first time in the film, we are presented with a hero that we can actually like.
Note to small presses: sometimes introductions and blubs do make a difference. When Carlos Hernandez’s debut collection The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria showed up in the mail, the title struck me as almost fatally whimsical, even though it’s actually the title of one of the better stories here but then I noticed a blurb from Christopher Barzak and an introduction by Jeffrey Ford…
To say that this attitude is antithetical to the current crop of miserabilist, defeatist, cynical, dystopian SF is to state the nakedly obvious. Gunn is bucking the current publishing tide, yet there is nothing forced or labored or disingenuous about this book. He sells the hope.
Like Bradbury, whose work Woolston honors both in the title and as a running theme, this author has a knack for finding just the right details to flesh-out a world without bogging down the action in reams of description. … MARTians is a marvel of linguistic economy.
Centipede Press is the noble enterprise handling the Complete Stories. They have just issued Volume 3, which is our topic for today. The upside of their output is that each volume is lovingly produced, a luxury item that is a tribute to the artistry of the small press. The downside is that each book is limited to 300 copies…
It’s probably not coincidence (or synchronicity) that John Wray’s substantial, genre-busting novel The Lost Time Accidents shares a notion with Marcel Proust’s even more massive Remembrance of Things Past, whose French title Á La Recherche Du Temps Perdu could also be rendered into English as “In Search of Lost Time”.
The first 30 pages of Becky Chambers’ Kickstarter-backed novel The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet are catnip for space opera fans, especially those with a bent toward TV shows that portray a spacecraft’s crew as a chosen family, like Firefly or Farscape.
Lovecraft Country is not some ham-handed book-length satire or parody. This goal Ruff meets admirably. He honors all the tropes and special effects and ambiance of the Mythos in new ways that discard the superficial trappings of the 1920s and HPL’s crotchets for the more relevant clothing and attitudes of the 1950s.