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Adrienne Martini reviews Max Gladstone

From Locus Magazine’s August 2015 issue

I am an unabashed Max Gladstone fan. His Craft sequence, in which the use of magic is intertwined with the business of insurance, is deeply satisfying. … Last First Snow [is] the most recently released but also the first title in the sequence.

Russell Letson reviews Michael Swanwick

From Locus Magazine’s September 2015 issue

Chasing the Phoenix is part of Michael Swanwick’s continuing account of the adven­tures of far-future con artists Darger and Surplus, which to my chagrin I have heretofore somehow not been following. (I am already remedying that situation as I write …)

Paul Di Filippo reviews Salman Rushdie

Special to Locus Online

Rushdie’s newest, whose initially arcane title translates simply to “1001 nights,” pointing us slyly to the book’s Arabian fairytale influence, would not have been regarded askance coming from Tor or DAW or Angry Robot or Saga, wrapped in a Michael Whelan jacket. And in fact its basic conceit — a shift in cosmic parameters unleashes some latent wild talents in a select group of folks — is a pure comic book/pulp invention.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Tom Toner

Special to Locus Online

Now, I think, you can safely add the name Tom Toner to that list of space opera revolutionaries. With The Promise of the Child, subtitled “Volume One of the Amaranthine Spectrum,” this debut author has gifted us with a space opera of surpassing gracefulness, depth, complexity and, well, all-round weirdness

Paul Di Filippo reviews Tananarive Due

Special to Locus Online

Due did not begin publishing short fiction until five years into her career, with three stories appearing at last in the year 2000. She has since accumulated the fifteen stories that grace her impressive first collection. The wait for such a milestone volume was well worth it, since the book holds a treasure trove of scary and touching tales.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews China Miéville

From Locus Magazine’s August 2015 issue

China Miéville’s devout following is all the more remarkable because he never does quite the same thing twice. Most of the contents of Three Moments of An Explosion: Stories will be new to readers, apart from the fact that ten of the 28 stories appear for the first time in print — and some are likely to be puzzling as well.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Ian McDonald

From Locus Magazine’s September 2015 issue

Luna: New Moon is the best moon novel I’ve seen in many years, but it’s also something of a piece with the recent movement on the part of Paul McAuley, Kim Stanley Robinson, and oth­ers to confine novels to the solar system, out of a realistic assessment that this is likely all we’ll have to work with — but McDonald takes this a step further.

Russell Letson reviews James L. Cambias

From Locus Magazine’s July 2015 issue

James L. Cambias’ second novel, Corsair, earns a fistful of hyphenations: a near-future techno-thriller heist-caper with a sizable dose of hard-engineering space-stuff and maybe just a dash of cyberpunk. It all fits together so smoothly, though, that one hardly notices the joins and overlaps.

Paul Di Filippo reviews C.S.E. Cooney

Special to Locus Online

The latest offering from Mythic Delirium Books is the first collection (five sizable stories) by C. S. E. Cooney. This is a strong and enduring debut collection.

Colleen Mondor reviews Daniel José Older

From Locus Magazine’s July 2015 issue

Behind the decidedly fierce cover of Daniel José Older’s Shadowshaper is the story of a young woman thrust into a fast-paced adventure that is heavy with magic and mystery.

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