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

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Excerpts from a Film (1942-1987), by A.C. Wise

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(Horror) A Hollywood producer is haunted by a starlett he loved who disappeared 40 years earlier. (9,721 words; Time: 32m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Ecdysis, by Julianna Baggott

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(Surreal) A.S. returns from life in a simulation to check on the sister and abusive father he left behind. (2,545 words; Time: 08m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Terra Nullius, by Hanuš Seiner

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(Alien Invasion) Only juvenile aliens are capable of original thought, so we can't even tell the adults that they're destroying our world. Reaching the juvenile's means going deep inside the enormous females. (6,546 words; Time: 21m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard), by Matthew Kressel

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(SF) Reuth has come to a beach resort on Ardabaab to try to finish his last novel before he dies. A young girl distracts him, then inspires him. (5,809 words; Time: 19m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Brother's Ruin, by Emma Newman

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(Historical Fantasy) In order for her to marry her fiance, help her brother and pursue her secret career as an illustrator, Charlotte has to keep her magic a secret. (39,944 words; Time: 2h:13m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Clever, Exciting, and Fun

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Crescendo, by J.S. Veter

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(Fantasy) Four children sneak out to investigate a Hole, even though they're dangerous and forbidden. (4,216 words; Time: 14m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

In the Shade of the Pixie Tree, by Rodello Santos

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(High Fantasy) Bekka is apprentice to the local witch, and she's off to collect pixies. Joakem wants to walk with her, and she can't tell him no. (3,608 words; Time: 12m)

Rating: ★★★★★ Exciting and Heart-Warming

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Concessions, by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali

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(Near-Future SFF) Bilqis, the only real doctor in a dying community of religious exiles, finds something strange when she examines a pregnant woman. (8,315 words; Time: 27m)

Rating: ★★★★★ Sophisticated and Moving, with Good Characters

Monday, March 13, 2017

Come See the Living Dryad, by Theodora Goss

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(Mainstream) In 1888 a woman suffering a hideous deformity was murdered in London. Today, her descendent wants to find the culprit. (8,904 words; Time: 29m)

Rating: Not Rated No Speculative Element

And Then There Were (N-One), by Sarah Pinsker

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(SF Mystery) The inventor of trans-multiverse travel invites hundreds of instances of herself to a conference. It’s great fun until one gets murdered. (18,912 words; Time: 1h:03m)

Rating: ★★★★★ Intricately plotted, Moving, and Fun

An Abundance of Fish, by S. Qiouyi Lu

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(Magical Realism) The narrator, second-generation Chinese, doesn’t take the surplus fish ritual seriously. (855 words; Time: 02m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

Auspicium Melioris Aevi, by JY Yang

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(SF) Harry, a clone of Lee Kwan Yew, was on track to graduate until decided to start improvising. (5,313 words; Time: 17m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Clever. Makes you think.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Rising Star, by Stephen Graham Jones

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(Time Travel) A modest proposal for a grant to experiment with a most imperfect time machine. (2,207 words; Time: 07m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

With Cardamom I'll Bind Their Lips, by Beth Cato

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(Fantasy) Vera gets a job helping a local woman seal the spirits of the dead so they can fade away in peace. (4,479 words; Time: 14m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Standard Hollywood Depravity, by Adam Christopher

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(Diesel Punk) In an alternate 1960s LA, Ray is the last robot in the world, and he's working as a hit man. (26,366 words; Time: 1h:27m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Waste, by Mary Elizabeth Burroughs

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(Dystopia) Thirteen-year-old Eudora works on the Heap west of Sydney, where defective children of the upper class are dumped. But she’s whole and wants a better deal. (4,800 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Luminaria, by John Hornor Jacobs

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(Horror) In a remote part of Arkansas, Victoria plans to celebrate her 100th birthday in style. (10,100 words; Time: 33m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Soccer Fields and Frozen Lakes, by Greg Kurzawa

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(Near-future SFF) After the government rules he isn't really human, Chris loses his human wife and hybrid kids. (6,760 words; Time: 22m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

The Stone Lover, by Marta Randall

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(Fantasy Erotica) The new queen wants a beautiful male statue carved to satisfy her desires. (1,600 words; Time: 05m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Death Every Seventy-Two Minutes, by Adam-Troy Castro

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(Horror) Every 72 minutes, Negelein has a vision of his own death. They don’t hurt him, but they’re so vivid, they’re ruining his life. (2,550 words; Time: 08m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average