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Archive for August, 2016

John Langan reviews Christopher Buehlman

From Locus Magazine’s August 2016 issue

The Suicide Motor Club, the new novel from Christopher Buehlman, is a lean, mean, souped-up, eight cylinder, four-speed race car of a book.

Russell Letson reviews Charles Stross

From Locus Magazine’s July 2016 issue

This month’s theme might be horror and the horrific, with the subtheme “Why am I reading horror when I usually don’t much care for it?” … The Nightmare Stacks is a direct sequel to The Rhesus Chart, which added vampires to the Laundry universe’s roster of spooky threats.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Michael Swanwick

Special to Locus Online

Ultimately, I think what strikes me most forcefully about Swanwick’s fiction, aside from his fresh yet historically resonant conceits, is its elegance and economy. Per the definition of the perfect short story, not a word is extraneous or wasted, not one element of plot inessential. The maximum effects are achieved with the minimum of prose.

Faren Miller reviews The Big Book of Science Fiction

From Locus Magazine’s July 2016 issue

Narratives also run through this anthology (just under the surface). Though presented in order of publication, these stories were cho­sen for continuing relevance and arranged to interplay like voices in a great conversation: shifting and offering new insights.

John Langan reviews Joe Hill

From Locus Magazine’s July 2016 issue

The Fireman, Joe Hill’s big new novel, is a freight train of a book. Long, composed of many sections, it’s already in motion on the first page, and it does not let up until the very end.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Alvaro Zinos-Amaro and Robert Silverberg

Special to Locus Online

We veer from the charmingly quotidian — at what hour the newspapers arrive on the Silverberg doorstep — to the loftily metaphysical: what are the meanings of age and time, where is the culture heading? Along the way, Silverberg offers commentary on his peers and literary ancestors…

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nina Allan

From Locus Magazine’s July 2016 issue

For all its intricate narrative link­ages and loopbacks, The Race presents us with a world which is thoroughly seductive and ominously credible, and a degree of narrative sophistication as impressive as anything I’ve seen in recent SF.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Forrest Leo

Special to Locus Online

Forrest Leo’s wonderfully demented and comical debut novel, The Gentleman, lies more towards this hazy end of the steampunk spectrum than elsewhere. You can interpret it as a straight historical novel of a farcical type, along the lines of the Flashman books… But there’s enough oddness, including ostensibly supernatural incidents and gadgetry riff of unreality, to push it just over the edge and into steampunk territory.

Dawn of Injustice: A Review of Suicide Squad

Special to Locus Online

David Ayer’s Suicide Squad strikes me as a very meh kind of film — a hodgepodge of characters and moments that work, and characters and moments that don’t work, tossed together in a story line that sometimes makes sense and sometimes doesn’t. [Still,] in contrast to Batman v Superman, [this film] is truer to both the contents and spirit of the comic books it is adapting…

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