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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

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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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Gary K. Wolfe reviews Daryl Gregory

From Locus Magazine’s August 2014 issue


Gregory is interested more in empathy than revulsion, more in accommodation than heroics, and more in the victim than the monster. The result is his most tightly constructed and compulsively readable novel to date, and a small gem of what we might call post-horror horror.

Posted: August 8th, 2014 under Books.
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Faren Miller reviews Erika Johansen

From Locus Magazine’s July 2014 issue


The Queen of the Tearling portrays the early stages of a quest where reason may be more relevant than you might expect.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 under Books.
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Gary K. Wolfe reviews Joe Abercrombie

From Locus Magazine’s July 2014 issue


In an era when fantasy seems enthralled by long series of huge volumes that seem to pass by like freight trains at a crossing when you’re trying to get somewhere, Joe Abercrombie’s Half a King serves as a reminder that there are considerable virtues yet to be found by efficient, on-the-ground storytelling propelled more by plot than by setting, with crisp dialogue, humane characters, and a distinct inward spiral of rapid-fire events.

Posted: July 25th, 2014 under Books.
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Paul Di Filippo reviews Scott Nicolay and Rhys Hughes

Special to Locus Online


Thank goodness that so many fine and bold small presses have stepped into the breach. They are performing a vital service to the field, and making all us short-story-philes very happy. They deserve our support. Let’s look at two such volumes today.

Posted: July 18th, 2014 under Books, Paul Di Filippo.
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Paul Di Filippo reviews Vintage Visions

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These sixteen essays all derive from Science Fiction Studies, and appeared from 1976 to 2010, but boast new afterwords. The books they cover date from 1657 (Cyrano de Bergerac) to 1937 (Olaf Stapledon). That’s a lot of rewardingly oddball grandparental material.

Posted: July 16th, 2014 under Books, Paul Di Filippo.
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Paul Di Filippo reviews K.J. Parker

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“Let Maps to Others” is certainly be my favorite piece here. A ironic and blackly humorous account of the rediscovery of a Prester John-style kingdom lost to history involves scholarly rivalry and deceit and royal bull-headedness. It’s comic gold where, as in much comedy, the most vile deeds are the funniest.

Posted: July 13th, 2014 under Books, Paul Di Filippo.
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Adrienne Martini reviews Tim Pratt

From Locus Magazine’s June 2014 issue


Tim Pratt’s writing just keeps getting better and better. In Heirs of Grace, his voice feels dialed in. The writing is tight and sassy without wasting one word — and he makes it seem easy.

Posted: June 25th, 2014 under Books.
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