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Showing posts with label Review. Show all posts

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Master Brahms, by Storm Humbert

[Apex]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(SF Horror) A man surrounds himself with his own clones and has to deal with the problems when one is murdered. (5,239 words; Time: 17m)


Godzilla vs Buster Keaton, Or: I Didn't Even Need a Map, by Gary A. Braunbeck

[Apex]
★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Horror) While Glen mourns the recent death of his baby sister, he gets a CD in the mail with a custom program she has someone design before she died. (11,589 words; Time: 38m)

This story brings back painful memories for me, so I may be underrating it.

Toward a New Lexicon of Augury, by Sabrina Vourvoulias

[Apex]
★★★☆☆ Mixed

(Modern Fantasy Dystopia) The government wants to build affordable housing for the homeless, but it wants them to agree to quit using magic first. (6,924 words; Time: 23m)


Monologue by an unnamed mage, recorded at the brink of the end, by Cassandra Khaw

[Uncanny]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Fantasy Apocalypse) A pair of witches punished for wanting to be lovers get to be together at the end of the world. (1,053 words; Time: 03m)


My Name Is Cybernetic Model XR389F, and I Am Beautiful, by Monica Valentinelli

[Uncanny]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Robot SF) A scientist decides the way to create real artificial intelligence is to get one robot to sexually harass another one. (3,295 words; Time: 10m)


The Thing About Ghost Stories, by Naomi Kritzer

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Ghosts) Leah studies stories people tell about their own experiences with ghosts. To her it’s all folklore—not real at all—until she gets hints her dead mother wants to talk to her about something. (8,113 words; Time: 27m)


The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society, by T. Kingfisher

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Humor) Male fairies often seduce maidens, but Rose actually seeks them out. (1,887 words; Time: 06m)


How to Swallow the Moon, by Isabel Yap

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Average

(High Fantasy) When the princess marries, Amira’s duty to her will end and she’ll be free. But she doesn’t want freedom on those terms. (11,208 words; Time: 37m)


Monday, November 12, 2018

America: The Ride, by Charles Yu

[Lightspeed]
Not Rated No Speculative Element

(Allegory) The history of America is told as if it were a ride in an amusement park. (3,500 words; Time: 11m)


Moonboys, by Stephen Graham Jones

[Lightspeed]
★★★☆☆ Average

(SF) In which the narrator explains how his brother died on the moon. (1,145 words; Time: 03m)


Hapthorn's Last Case, by Matthew Hughes

[Lightspeed]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Future Fantasy Mystery; Hengis Hapthorn) Hengis knows his civilization will collapse when technology fails and magic takes its place, but there’s one last case he wants to solve before the lights go out. (10,138 words; Time: 33m)

This is a small part of the author’s sweeping “Archonate Universe,” which comprises some 70 novels and short stories over the past 25 years. For the most part, the stories are only loosely connected, so it doesn’t matter a whole lot which one you start with; they’re all good fun, if not particularly memorable.

Talk to Your Children about Two-Tongued Jeremy, by Theodore McCombs

[Lightspeed]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(AI) The two-tongued Jeremy app helps lots of kids with their schoolwork, but Jeremy thinks it’s asking too much of him, and he’s afraid to try to turn it off. (6,509 words; Time: 21m)


Queen Lily, by Theodora Goss

[Lightspeed]
Not Rated No Speculative Element

(Mainstream) As Lily dies from tuberculosis, she relives fantasies from “Through the Looking Glass,” by Lewis Carroll (7,720 words; Time: 25m)


Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Love Letters, by Peng Simeng

[Clarkesworld]
★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

(SF Adventure) An android writes love letters to his wife, but tragically sends them to the wrong address. (1,937 words; Time: 06m)


The Gift of Angels: an introduction, by Nina Allan

[Clarkesworld]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Literary SF) Vincent lost his mom on one of the first Mars missions. He’s had a career as a successful author, but he’s always refused to talk about his mother. Fifty years later, he tells us how he decided to end his silence and write a book about her. (14,573 words; Time: 48m)


Ghost Island, by E.E. King

[Clarkesworld]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Post-Apocalyptic Horror) Sergeant Riku is sent to Yūrei Island, where rumor has it men often lose their memories and come back thinking they’re someone else. (3,180 words; Time: 10m)


What the South Wind Whispers, by H. Pueyo

[Clarkesworld]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(SF Adventure) The narrator operates a shield station at the tip of South America that protects us from comets. He operates it alone, so it upsets his world when a woman arrives to share the station with him. (4,713 words; Time: 15m)


Octo-Heist in Progress, by Rich Larson

[Clarkesworld]
★★★★☆ One hilarious unexpected complication after another.

(SF Caper) Etta left her sister’s shoes behind at last night’s drunken party, and she’s ashamed to show her face there again, so she hires a man and his octopus to sneak in and steal them from under the bed. (7,470 words; Time: 24m)


Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Island and Its Boy, by Bo Balder

[F&SF]
★★★★☆ Cool Characters in a Frosty Location

(Alternate Reality Fantasy) Inu’s people need to leave their island home before it heads south. There’s a new island for them, but Inu wonders what would happen if he stayed with the old one. (6,817 words; Time: 22m)


When We Flew Together Through the Ice, by J.R. Dawson

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆ Mixed

(SF Horror) Merribelle hasn’t been herself since they put C-9 in her brain, but if it would just let her alone long enough, maybe she could remember who she used to be. (6,447 words; Time: 21m)