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Archive for June, 2017

Liz Bourke reviews Cassandra Khaw

From Locus Magazine’s May 2017 issue

Food of the Gods is a mosaic novel, of sorts. It collects three linked novellas by Cassandra Khaw that, together, form a whole arc. At least two of these novellas have already been published as standalone e-books. The first of these is called “Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef”, and if I tell you it really does live up to the title, you’ve got some idea of the flavour of the novel as a whole.

Russell Letson reviews Ian McDonald

From Locus Magazine’s May 2017 issue

Ian McDonald’s Luna: Wolf Moon (the second-act volume in the sequence that opened last year with Luna: New Moon) is instantly recognizably as hard SF: it’s set only a century from now, in a future developed from current conditions and built on technologies that we can imagine evolving from today’s cutting-edge efforts in AI, medicine, and engineering.

Paul Di Filippo reviews K.J. Parker and James Morrow

Special to Locus Online

Both these novellas offer as much pleasure as books three times their size. Snap them up!

Bruce Sterling reviews Cory Doctorow

From Locus Magazine’s June 2017 issue

Walkaway is a real-deal, generically traditional science-fiction novel; it’s set in an undated future and it features weird set design, odd costumes, fights, romances, narrow escapes, cool weapons, even zeppelins. This is the best Cory Doctorow book ever.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Ellen Klages

From Locus Magazine’s May 2017 issue

Like Bradbury, Klages is notable for the clarity and unstrained elegance of her prose, though she never reaches for the self-conscious rhapsodizing that often characterized Bradbury’s later work. To the extent that Klages’s world is like Bradbury’s, it’s for the most part Bradbury without the boys and without the exclamation points.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland

Special to Locus Online

Just after I had lamented, a few reviews ago, that authors were not inclined nowadays to indulge in old-school, one-on-one collaborations, along comes this giddy, engrossing romp of a novel authored by a team. It’s a seamless performance reminiscent of such ancestors as de Camp & Pratt, while still hewing to ultra-modern standards and practices for SF novels with a magical slant.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Gregory Benford

Special to Locus Online

From his wonted haunts in the intergalactic realms of space, Gregory Benford has come down to Earth — a venue he has not totally neglected in the past, given such seminal and well-received quasi-naturalistic works as Timescape — to produce a counterfactual novel in the manner of Harry Turtledove.

A Working Model for Superhero Films: A Review of Wonder Woman

Special to Locus Online

Without a doubt, Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman is the very best of the recent “DC Extended Universe” superhero films — yet the praise doesn’t mean as much as it should, inasmuch as its undistinguished precursors — Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad — set the bar very low, to put it mildly.

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