Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 Tor Novellas


A Song for No Man's Land by Andy Remic  Time: 1h:51m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 02/09/16
(World War I Horror; No Man's Land) At the Somme, Robert faces death every day, but something worse than the Germans is hunting him too.
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson  Time: 1h:54m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 10/25/16
(Fantasy/SF) Young Aqib has a bright future as a noble, but he meets an enchanting foreigner who makes him consider risking everything.
City Of Wolves by Willow Palecek1  Time: 1h:01m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 07/26/16
(Fantasy Mystery) Alexander Drake avoids investigations involving the nobility, but he can't resist the invitation to investigate the mysterious death of Lord Aberdeen.
Cold-Forged Flame by Marie Brennan  Time: 1h:12m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 09/13/16
(High Fantasy; Varekai) The locals summoned her to get blood from the Lhian's cauldron, but she has no idea who that is. Or even who she herself is.
Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire  Time: 2h:09m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 04/05/16
(Portal Fiction; Wayward Children) Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children helps kids who passed through a portal to another world and returned unable to cope with this one.
Everything Belongs to the Future by Laurie Penny1  Time: 1h:13m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 10/18/16
(Near-Future SF) The Fix offers a couple of centuries of youth to anyone who can afford it. By 2098, it has changed the world. A group of people decide to fix it back.
Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw  Time: 59m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 10/11/16
(Horror; Persons Non Grata) An 11-year-old asks a private eye to murder his stepdad, because "he's a monster--and you're a monster too."
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: Locus+2
Lustlocked by Matt Wallace  Time: 1h:21m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 01/26/16
(Modern Fantasy; Sin du Jour) Sin du Jour, the legendary catering company to the supernatural, has won the contract for the wedding of the Goblin Prince and Princess. It will be a wedding feast to remember.
Nightshades by Melissa F. Olson  Time: 2h:18m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 07/19/16
(Vampires) Since the FBI captured one, people know vampires are real, but why have they started a killing spree in the Chicago area?
Patchwerk by David Tallerman  Time: 1h:18m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 01/19/16
(SF/Fantasy) Florrian plans to change the world with his "Palimpsest" invention--provided no one steals it first. And it's the kind of thing that's dangerous to steal.
Pride's Spell by Matt Wallace  Time: 2h:03m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 06/21/16
(Modern Fantasy; Sin du Jour) Sin du Jour, caterer to the supernatural, gets its first gig in Hollywood, but fallout from their last few gigs means there's going to be Hell to pay.
Return Of Souls by Andy Remic  Time: 2h:00m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 06/14/16
(World War I Fantasy; No Man's Land) In 1917 Flanders, private Robert Jones lives the daily hell of trench warfare. But something much worse than Germans is hunting him.
Runtime by S.B. Divya  Time: 1h:16m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 05/17/16
(Transhuman SF) Marmeg's augments are illegal and hand-tweaked, but if she can win a race for augmented humans, she can earn enough money to become licensed and have a real future.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR+1 Nebula+2
(Multiverse SF; Genrenauts) The Genrenauts go to the Space Opera universe to fix a story involving a kidnapped diplomat, threatening aliens, and the future of the galaxy.
The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle  Time: 1h:32m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 02/16/16
(Black Lovecraftian Horror) In 1924 Harlem, 20-year-old Tommy Tester plays bad jazz and runs minor scams. When an old man offers him $500 to play at his house, he knows there's a catch. It's just not what he expects.
The Burning Light by Bradley P. Beaulieu and Rob Ziegler  Time: 1h:55m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 11/01/16
(Post Apocalypse) The Light is an addiction that afflicts telepaths. Colonel Chu hunts Zola, an addict who may hold the key to the problem.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR+1
The Devil You Know by K.J. Parker  Time: 1h:19m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 03/01/16
(Fantasy) The philosopher Saloninus makes a deal with the Devil. Except he approaches the Devil, not the other way around, and the Devil is worried it's a trick.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: JStrahan+2
The Dream-Quest Of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson  Time: 1h:59m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 08/16/16
(Fantasy) Vellitt Boe teaches math at a university in the dreamworld. When her star student elopes with a dreamer from the real world, she goes after them.
The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster1  Time: 1h:26m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 01/12/16
(High Fantasy) Shina books passage to another island on Captain Tazir's fishing boat without mentioning that she's caught up in the war between the powerful "Windspeakers" and the invading Dragon Ships.
The Emperor's Railroad by Guy Haley  Time: 2h:02m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 04/19/16
(Zombie Apocalypse; Dreaming Cities) In Virginia a thousand years after the apocalypse, a boy and his mother make a dangerous journey with the help of a raggedy knight.
The Ghoul King by Guy Haley  Time: 1h:50m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 07/12/16
(Post Apocalypse; Dreaming Cities) A treacherous "angel" diverts Quinn from his goal to search the ruins of the Dreaming City of Columbus for the key to continuing his journey west.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR+1
The Iron Beast by Andy Remic  Time: 1h:34m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 11/08/16
(World War I Horror; No Man's Land) The three-part series concludes with Robert Jones fighting the Walriders in the other world.
The Lost Child of Lychford by Paul Cornell  Time: 1h:32m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 11/22/16
(Horror; Lychford) Just before Christmas, the ghost of a little boy appears in the vicarage and disturbs the vicar and her two friends.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR+2 Locus+2
The Warren by Brian Evenson  Time: 1h:01m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 09/20/16
(Post Apocalypse) The last person in the Warren struggles with low supplies and failing hardware and seeks another person outside.


Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal  Time: 57m (Novelette)  IssueTor Novella 03/08/16
(SF) A century or so from now, Katya sells 20th and 21st-century memorabilia. Walking through the woods after a purchase, she's kidnapped. But she has no idea why.
The Jewel And Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde  Time: 56m (Novelette)  IssueTor Novella 05/03/16
(High Fantasy) Two teenage girls, Lin, the last Jewel, and Sima, the last Lapidary, struggle to fight the invaders who've taken the kingdom by treachery.

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