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.
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Fairytale redactions are at least as old as the first printed fairy tales, but it seems as if only in the last few decades they’ve become nearly a genre unto themselves. There are obvious hazards in converting archetypal old tales into contemporary literary ones, not least of which is reinventing figures who are nearly abstractions […]
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.
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 […]
Storytelling has always been his first claim to fame, and the fourteen tales in this new volume uphold his reputation splendidly.