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Adrienne Martini reviews Kaleidoscope

From Locus Magazine’s October 2014 issue

The seeds of an idea were planted and the result is a book full of YA SF/F shorter fiction that better resembles the actual world — you know, one that has more than straight, white people in it. A crowd-funding campaign was launched and the resulting book is now alive.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Christopher Fowler

Special to Locus Online

One might expect a novel concerned with “fear of darkness” to take place in some twilit, northern, Germanic clime, a place where daylight hours are short and fleeting. But right away we sense Fowler’s inclination to mess with our expectations in his choice of settings: sunny Spain.

Russell Letson reviews William Gibson

From Locus Magazine’s October 2014 issue

The world evoked by The Peripheral is deliberately and progressively estranged, not only by its genre furniture (around to which we will get eventually), but by the writerly craft with which everything in the story is delivered.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Peter F. Hamilton

Special to Locus Online

Peter Hamilton’s new novel stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the Culture books of Iain Banks and the Kefahuchi Tract saga of M. John Harrison, but rotated through the looking glass of a totally different, resolutely non-postmodern worldview, to produce a book that is paradoxically both old-school and totally au courant: the best of two worlds.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Jonathan Carroll

From Locus Magazine’s October 2014 issue

Jonathan Carroll’s greatest charm as a writer may well be simply that no one has yet been able to pin him down.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Norman Spinrad

Special to Locus Online

Whenever discussion turns to candidates for the next SFWA Grandmaster Award, the name of one author who is fully entitled to such a distinction is notably missing. I refer to Norman Spinrad.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Peter Watts

From Locus Magazine’s September 2014 issue

This is not a novel that wants to invite anyone in for tea. But while, on the one hand, it’s SF hard enough to break a tooth on, it also challenges some of the very tenets of hard SF by questioning whether religion might turn out to be as useful as science, at least in terms of predictive power.

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.

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