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Paul Di Filippo reviews Brad R. Torgersen

Special to Locus Online

A fix-up or expansion that includes two earlier stories, one of which made the Hugo ballot in 2014, The Chaplain’s War is wartime SF with a unique slant, offering moral and ethical complexities, adroit characterization, and plenty of firepower thrills as well.

Faren Miller reviews Gregory Maguire’s Egg & Spoon

From Locus Magazine’s November 2014 issue

Mingling in-jokes with history and witch­craft, fantastic creatures with disruptions in the weather, Egg & Spoon provides a feast much richer, subtler (and more digestible) than borscht with a side order of breakfast cereal.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Lavie Tidhar’s A Man Lies Dreaming

From Locus Magazine’s November 2014 issue

No one can accuse Lavie Tidhar of being risk-averse. Tidhar’s latest variation on 20th-century history takes us into an alternate 1939 in which Adolf Hitler, having lost the 1933 German election to the Communists, is scraping by as a down-at-the-heels private eye in London.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Steven Erikson

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Now comes Steven Erikson’s rendition of a Star Trek homage-cum-dismantling. Erikson’s version is Monty Python by way of Steve Aylett, a mad, sometimes surreal running amok of pure Id, Libido, Irreverence and Anti-authoritarianism…

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

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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

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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.

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