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

Friday, May 10, 2019

Lest We Forget, by Elizabeth Bear

[Uncanny]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Military SF) A soldier wracked with guilt about his actions in the war leaps at a chance to do something to end war forever. (2,195 words; Time: 07m)


Canst Thou Draw Out the Leviathan, by Christopher Caldwell

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Historical Fantasy) The carpenter on a Nantucket whaler hears a dreadful warning from an African god his ancestors once called upon when they were taken into slavery. But will anyone listen to him? (5,655 words; Time: 18m)


A Catalog of Love at First Sight, by Brit E.B. Hvide

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Climate Apocalypse) As climate change destroys the nation, the narrator describes her travels and the different people and things she fell in love with. (4,944 words; Time: 16m)


Probabilitea, by John Chu

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Modern Fantasy) Katie’s life is almost unbearably busy, being a grad student, grading papers, and keeping her parents happy. How can she find time to be the Daughter of Chaos and Order too? (7,090 words; Time: 23m)


Nice Things, by Ellen Klages

[Uncanny]
Not Rated No Speculative Element

(Mainstream Horror) Phoebe goes to her late Mother’s townhouse to dispose of her effects and to reckon with the feelings she’s never been able to articulate. (7,608 words; Time: 25m)


A Salt and Sterling Tongue, by Emma Osborne

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Fantasy Adventure) A woman mourning the death of her young son takes some comfort from a bard sent to help communities heal from their losses in the war against the Merling King. (4,886 words; Time: 16m)


N-Coin, by Tobias S. Buckell

[Apex]
Not Rated No Speculative Element

(Mainstream Thriller) A young Wall Street investment banker tells how he lost a billion dollars in a Bitcoin for black people. (3,238 words; Time: 10m)


Fugue State, by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due

[Apex]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Horror) As Charlotte’s husband sinks into early Alzheimer’s, he becomes more and more obsessed with a cult religious figure known only as The Reverend. (5,501 words; Time: 18m)


Dune Song, by Suyi Davies Okungbawa

[Apex]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Post Apocalypse) Isiuwa survived the apocalypse, and its people live on in the middle of a desert. The chief says leaving means certain death, but Nata thinks he’s lying. (7,759 words; Time: 25m)


Sublet, by Ian Kappos

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[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Modern Fantasy) The narrator has a secret room where he/she often meets apparitions of old friends in their dying moments. (3,309 words; Time: 11m)


Where The Rain Mothers Are, by Rafeeat Aliyu

[Strange Horizons]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Alternate-History Fantasy) When the local thugs come after her, Gherek knows she needs to flee, but she doesn’t count on taking a small child with her. (4,050 words; Time: 13m)


The Storm Painter, by Ayodele Olofintuade

[Strange Horizons]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Modern Fantasy) Adé’s art show is going really well, and the last thing she needs is some of her relatives (who happen to be Yoruba gods) to turn up telling her she’s in danger. (3,982 words; Time: 13m)


Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Thirty-Eight-Hundred Bone Coat, by R.K. Duncan

[BCS]
★★★★☆ Tense, Exciting, and a Little Disturbing.

(High Fantasy) A nobleman offers Navid’s family a vast fortune if they’ll make him a magic coat more powerful than anything they’ve ever made, and in the span of a single month. It will change their lives, one way or the other. (8,408 words; Time: 28m)


The Bone Flute Quartet, by K.J. Kabza

[BCS]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Fantasy Adventure) Bretchen wants to be a witch, but she doesn’t know how to go about it. Her grandmother has some ideas, but her mom sends her to learn knitting instead. (4,577 words; Time: 15m)


Murder in the Spook House, by Michael Swanwick

[Single]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Alternate-History Fantasy; The Mongolian Wizard) In this episode, Ritter investigates the murder of Sir Toby, but a newfangled lie-detector machine threatens to make him obsolete. (3,919 words; Time: 13m)

Like other stories in the series, this one is good fun, but they are best read starting at the beginning. Tor.com maintains a current list of all The Mongolian Wizard Stories

The Minor Superhero, at Home after His Series Ends, by Adam-Troy Castro

[Lightspeed]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Superhero Humor) Bob is a minor superhero, and these days he only gets called into action for big events calling for hundreds or more heroes. In the meantime, he protects his town—or at least his apartment building. (2,514 words; Time: 08m)


The Ocean That Fades Into Sky, by Kathleen Kayembe

[Lightspeed]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Future Fantasy) Human terraforming has killed off some of the planet’s original gods and diminished or changed the rest. A few of the survivors are plotting a divine revolution, but they may be betrayed at any moment. (12,248 words; Time: 40m)


Truth Is Like the Sun, by Matthew Kressel

[Lightspeed]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(SF Music) Jaim’s live concert in space is the big musical event of the decade, if not the century, and it changes the world. (4,491 words; Time: 14m)


This Way to Paradise, by Rati Mehrotra

[Lightspeed]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(SF Adventure) Two children and their aunt travel across the ruins of war-torn India in search of a camp where there’s food and security. But something deadly is waiting for them. (7,759 words; Time: 25m)


The Sun from Both Sides, by R.S.A. Garcia

[Clarkesworld]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Space Opera) Eva and Didecus lived together happily in exile on an obscure planet, but they were important people once, and the universe has a way of coming looking for important people—even when they thought they were retired. (16,497 words; Time: 54m)