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Archive for April, 2016

Paul Di Filippo reviews Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Special to Locus Online

According to Olde Heuvelt’s ISFDB entry, HEX is his fifth novel, but only the first the be translated into English. Indeed, aside from a couple of translated stories, he remains unknown to most SF readers, so this book will be his calling card. What readers will discover is a deftly crafted, darkly Gothic, at times surreal tale that is both innovative and traditional in parts.

Faren Miller reviews Betsy James

From Locus Magazine’s April 2016 issue

Roadsouls, written and illustrated by Betsy James, starts with a prelude simply called “Two Stories”, showing the main characters at key moments some years before they go on the road. …

Tim Pratt reviews Daniel Abraham

From Locus Magazine’s April 2016 issue

Daniel Abraham has gotten a lot of attention lately, but mostly as half of the writing team James S.A. Corey (with Ty Franck). Their popular Expanse space opera is one of my favorite SF series, but it does tend to overshadow the equally good and quite different fantasy saga Abraham writes solo, the Dagger and the Coin. That series has just concluded with fifth volume The Spider’s War

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Johanna Sinisalo

From Locus Magazine’s March 2016 issue

It’s that odd juxtaposition of the purely sensual with the satirically absurd that helps make The Core of the Sun the most original, unsettling, and weirdly comic dystopia that I’ve seen in some years…

Paul Di Filippo reviews Alex Stewart

Special to Locus Online

Stewart has come up with a genial, clever, colorful, rousing space opera that resonates with the classic work of Poul Anderson, James Schmitz and A. Bertram Chandler.

Russell Letson reviews James Gunn

From Locus Magazine’s March 2016 issue

[Earlier book] Transcendental echoes Olaf Stapledon in its embedded pilgrim-tales of alien evolutionary paths and ends with scenery and action right out of the SF-pulp version of lost-city adventures. Transgalactic continues that latter line, interleaving images and gestures from earlier cycles of science-fictional storytelling with more contemporary devices and shaping the whole concoction into an old-fashioned interstellar odyssey.

Colleen Mondor reviews Leah Bobet

From Locus Magazine’s March 2016 issue

An Inheritance of Ashes is a gorgeous book about the ignominy and foolishness of war, the enduring love of family, and the brilliance of true friendship as well as all the many many — many — reasons why we should never turn our backs on science.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Hughes, Aylett, Rucker & Sterling

Special to Locus Online

Nowadays, much of the most exciting work in the literature of fantastika appears from the small or independent presses, and from self-publishing ventures that are funded either on a solo basis or communally. Publishers like Tachyon, Word Horde, WordFire, Small Beer, Prime, Wildside, Underland, Aqueduct and many others promote new voices and, along with more traditional tales, a fair amount of experimentalism. …

Faren Miller reviews R.S. Belcher

From Locus Magazine’s March 2016 issue

Though Tor calls R.S. Belcher’s The Brotherhood of the Wheel an “urban fantasy,” it also describes the novel as set on “the haunted byways and truck stops of the US Interstate Highway System.” Roads — both real and metaphorical — are crucial to this dark fantasy…

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Peter Straub

From Locus Magazine’s March 2016 issue

Straub is not a particularly prolific writer of short fiction, which in turn means that the retrospective collection Interior Darkness: Selected Stories gives us a pretty complete overview of his shorter work, even if a few favorites might be missing.

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