Showing posts with label Review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Review. Show all posts

Sunday, March 10, 2019

New Horizons, by Alexander Stanmyer

[BCS]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Alternate Reality Fantasy) As their train comes under attack, the captain gives young Chester an important job to do in case no one else survives. (4,099 words; Time: 13m)


Through the Doorways, Whiskey Chile, by S.H. Mansouri

[BCS]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Weird West) Everyone thinks Brady’s dad died when his still exploded, but Brady’s determined to find him and get some answers, even if he has to go to a different plane to do it. (7,911 words; Time: 26m)


Knowledgeable Creatures, by Christopher Rowe

[Single]
★★★☆☆ Mixed

(Alternate Reality Fantasy) Detective Connolly is a dog in a world where some animals are “knowledgeable” and can talk like humans. A human professor hires him to help cover up a murder . . . (5,870 words; Time: 19m)


Before the World Crumbles Away, by A.T. Greenblatt

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Apocalypse) Intensifying earthquakes are gradually destroying the world, but Marina still has her art, and Elodie is building a robot. (5,996 words; Time: 19m)


On the Lonely Shore, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Historical Fantasy) Judith takes a job as companion to a young man who appears to be terminally ill and has retired to a family estate by the sea. (3,496 words; Time: 11m)


Vīs Dēlendī, by Marie Brennan

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(High Fantasy) The thirteen masters of the Academy meet to hear a mediocre student apply for the highest degree based on his claim that he can raise the dead. (4,756 words; Time: 15m)


A Sharp Breath of Birds, by Tina Connolly

[Uncanny]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Surreal) A little girl sees birds around her that no one else can see. They follow her into adulthood and influence every aspect of her life. (1,119 words; Time: 03m)


Every Song Must End, by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Near-Future SF) When Henry and Clara went to Mars, their polyamorous relationship with Asher and Florence had to end, and Florence has never gotten over it. (5,422 words; Time: 18m)


The Dead, In Their Uncontrollable Power, by Karen Osborne

[Uncanny]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Generation Ship) Whenever the captain dies, the new captain inherits his/her memories back to the start of the mission, but only the good ones; the sin eater gets the bad ones. (5,642 words; Time: 18m)


Alice Payne Rides, by Kate Heartfield

[Single]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Time Travel; Alice Payne) Alice goes back to 1780 to figure out what the big mistake her father obsessed over was, while Prudence copes with a threat to her sister in 2070. (31,788 words; Time: 1h:45m)

You must read the previous story in the series in order to get much out of this one.

O Have You Seen the Devle with his Mikerscope and Scalpul?, by Jonathan L. Howard

[Apex]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Time-Travel Horror) Someone from our era look back to 1888 London and the Jack-the-Ripper murders. (9,543 words; Time: 31m)


Curse Like a Savior, by Russell Nichols

[Apex]
★★★★☆ Excellent Foreshadowing

(Christian Horror) Junior went out to fix one of the company’s holographic Jesuses that had started cursing. He knew he wasn’t supposed to get in a religious argument with the old lady, but she was very insistent. (3,913 words; Time: 13m)


Where Gods Dance, by Ben Serna-Grey

[Apex]
★★★★☆ Sticks with You

(Horror) A grieving father tries to recreate the son he lost. (1,247 words; Time: 04m)


The Prison-house of Language, by Elana Gomel

[Apex]
★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Adventure) Sophia has extraordinary language abilities, although speaking is acutely painful. She’s called in to investigate a group of people in an experiment who’ve started speaking an unknown language. (5,626 words; Time: 18m)


Saturday, March 9, 2019

The Skinwalkers Ball, by Hammond Diehl

[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Dark Fantasy) The Pro-Am All-Bohemian Invitational competition for the best skinwalkers is just starting, but there’s an unexpected extra contestant at the last minute. (4,802 words; Time: 16m)


A Hundred Thousand Arrows, by Ashok K. Banker

[Lightspeed]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Indian High Fantasy; Sha’ant) The hero Vrath seeks a wife for the young emperor. Winning one would be too much work, so he decides to steal three instead. (11,879 words; Time: 39m)

This is part of a series of stories, but it sort of works on its own since it's very self-contained.

Self-Storage Starts with the Heart, by Maria Romasco Moore

[Lightspeed]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Slipstream) James can’t afford to have a commercial service store his crushing loneliness, but he studies the process and decides to try a do-it-yourself system. (5,969 words; Time: 19m)


My Children's Home, by Woody Dismukes

[Lightspeed]
★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Dystopia) Although this “home” isn’t quite what it seems, the narrator does raise and educate boys up until they’re almost men. He likes his work, he’s got a good record, so he’s upset when the Bureau wants to investigate him. (4,446 words; Time: 14m)


On the Shores of Ligeia, by Carolyn Ives Gilman

[Lightspeed]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(SF Adventure) When Seth’s boss breaks her leg, he’s called in at the last minute to narrate the live feed from the Titan probe. (7,214 words; Time: 24m)


The Synapse Will Free Us from Ourselves, by Violet Allen

[Lightspeed]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Virtual Reality) Daniel struggles with his job turning gay men straight, particularly since his first client keeps making it so difficult. (6,186 words; Time: 20m)