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Stefan Dzaimianowicz reviews Stephen Jones’ Best New Horror 25

From Locus Magazine’s September 2014 issue

Stephen Jones’s Mammoth Book of Best New Horror series celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, a landmark by any standard in genre publishing.

Paul Di Filippo reviews David Shafer

Special to Locus Online

Ending satisfyingly but with ultimate outcome uncertain, WTF deals with its big themes in a sprightly yet serious fashion. If you were to fuse Max Barry’s Lexicon with Dave Eggers’s The Circle, then blend in some of Matt Ruff’s Bad Monkeys, you might approach the lunatic sanity and gonzo wisdom of Shafer’s accomplished debut.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Genevieve Valentine

From Locus Magazine’s September 2014 issue

The real achievement of Genevieve Valentine’s The Girls at the Kingfisher Club isn’t just that it recasts the princesses as flappers in 1927 New York — even Anne Sexton saw that coming when in her version she described them as dancing “like taxi girls at Roseland” — but in delicately balancing her language between the transparent directness of the folktale and the contemporary sensibility of the novel.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Jay Lake

Special to Locus Online

This volume contains over thirty stories, published from 2007 to 2013, so there is assuredly little overlap with Lake’s earlier collections. In other words, we are getting his mature work, written almost precisely in the interstices of his illness, which began in 2008.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Benjamin Parzybok

Special to Locus Online

Whatever silly tag we try to affix on Parzybok and Sherwood Nation, the undeniable truth is, he’s a unique voice who’s delivered a very good book that is both comic and tragic, grounded and fanciful, closely observed and well imagined.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Peter Watts

Special to Locus Online

In the sequel [to Blindsight], Echopraxia, Watts is not content merely to pick up his tale where he left off (with Siri alone in the ruins of the expedition). Rather, he returns us to Earth and makes a lateral move, from metaphysics to realpolitik.

Paul Di Filippo reviews John Varley

Special to Locus Online

With his newest book, Dark Lightning, John Varley has admirably and resoundingly terminated his sequence that began with Red Thunder in 2003.

Tim Pratt reviews Darin Bradley

I said nice things in these pages a while back about Darin Bradley’s debut novel Noise, an ambitious book about a slow-motion apocalypse, with economic collapse triggering a breakdown of order in the United States, and young people trying to forge a new and brutal system of morality and pragmatism that would allow them to […]

Paul Di Filippo reviews Ben Bova

Special to Locus Online

Storytelling has always been his first claim to fame, and the fourteen tales in this new volume uphold his reputation splendidly.

Posted: August 14th, 2014 under Books, Paul Di Filippo.
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Adrienne Martini reviews Rachel Bach

From Locus Magazine’s August 2014 issue

The narrative never quite goes where you expect it to, in a good way. There are surprises here; even though Bach is clearly working from space opera/military SF/romance impulses, she never gets mired in easy shorthand that betrays her characters.

Posted: August 13th, 2014 under Books.
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