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

Monday, July 15, 2019

The Survival of Molly Southbourne, by Tade Thompson

[Single]
★★★☆☆

(Horror; Molly Southbourne) In this sequel, a clone of the original Molly tries to live a quiet life, but that’s not easy when people are looking for her and most of them want to kill her. (19,569 words; Time: 1h:05m)

You don’t need to read the original novella to appreciate this one, but if you read this one first, it will definitely spoil the earlier one. See related articles on Tor.com.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

For He Can Creep, by Siobhan Carroll

[Single]
★★★★☆ Warm, Delightful, and Uplifting

(Historical Fantasy) A poet’s cat fights fiercely to defend him from the demons that plague him, but it’s much harder to stand against Satan himself. (7,908 words; Time: 26m)


Cavity, by Theresa DeLucci

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[Strange Horizons]
Not Rated No Speculative Element

(Mainstream Horror) In your lifetime, you met 32 murderers. Let’s go over them, one by one. (2,729 words; Time: 09m)


On the Impurity of Dragon-kind, by Marie Brennan

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆

(Religious Fantasy) A fifteen-year-old boy at a festival celebrating his adulthood decides to speak on the topic of how we know dragons are impure animals. (2,614 words; Time: 08m)


How the Trick Is Done, by A.C. Wise

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Horror) A magician dies on stage performing his most famous trick, but what really happened? (7,439 words; Time: 24m)


The Migration Suite: A Study in C Sharp Minor, by Maurice Broaddus

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆

(SF Epic) We follow this history of black people from prehistoric Ghana all the way to a lunar colony. (5,654 words; Time: 18m)


A Champion of Nigh-Space, by Tim Pratt

[Uncanny]
★★★★☆ Funny, Twisty, Thrilling, and . . . Kinky?

(Multiverse Space Opera) Glenn and Vivian are Berkley students with a good thing going up until he finds out what she really does for a living, and it’s literally out of this world. (7,205 words; Time: 24m)

Although Uncanny lists this as a reprint, its original printing was earlier in 2019, so it’s still eligible for the 2020 Hugo Awards.

Compassionate Simulation, by Rachel Swirsky and P.H. Lee

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆

(AI Horror) Winnifred died young, estranged from her parents, who paid for a simulation they could make their peace with, but it’s hell to be that simulation. (3,999 words; Time: 13m)


Big Box, by Greg Van Eekhout

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆

(Shopping Horror) The narrator goes into a “big box” store that appeared overnight where they sell magical goods that exact a price. (1,348 words; Time: 04m)


The Blur in the Corner of Your Eye, by Sarah Pinsker

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Horror) Zanna settles into a remote mountain cabin to write her next book. No internet. No phone. No distractions. (8,158 words; Time: 27m)


The Legend of Wolfgang Robotkiller, by Alex Irvine

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆

(Robot Apocalypse) No one knows where the robots came from, but they wiped out civilization in a month, and no one could lay a finger on them. Except for one person. (4,869 words; Time: 16m)

Recommended By: 👍STomaino+1 (Q&A)


The Everlasting Humming of the Earth, by Molly Gloss

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆

(Psionic SF) Joyce has a gift that lets her predict earthquakes, but she only knows when they’ll happen, not where, and the stress of it keeps her awake at nights. (7,033 words; Time: 23m)

Recommended By: 👍RHorton.r+2 (Q&A)


Planet Doykeit, by Eliza Rose

[F&SF]
★★☆☆☆

(Colony SF) On a Jewish planet obsessed with hair, Zishe envies her best friend for being chosen to have children. (7,472 words; Time: 24m)

Recommended By: 👍RHorton.r+1 (Q&A)


The Slave, by Andrej Kokoulin

[F&SF]
Not Rated No Speculative Element

(Mainstream Horror) Roman’s life changes forever when he’s just four years old and his slightly older friend Gene makes him his slave. (8,097 words; Time: 26m)

Recommended By: 👍STomaino+1 (Q&A)


The Legacy, by Albert E. Cowdrey

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Modern Fantasy Mystery; William Warlock) William Warlock’s client inherits a valuable property from a man she never met, but to get it, she has to live there for two years, and there’s something really suspicious about this place. (8,514 words; Time: 28m)

Recommended By: 👍STomaino+1 (Q&A)


Nice For What, by Dominica Phetteplace

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆

(Medical SF) The only way Luliana can afford her cancer treatments is giving the treatment company favorable exposure to her huge audience of fans. But the treatments aren’t working, and her fans are melting away. (3,302 words; Time: 11m)

Recommended By: 👍RHorton.r+1 (Q&A)


A Strange Uncertain Light, by G.V. Anderson

[F&SF]
★★★★★ A Moving Fantasy Adventure, with Ghosts

(Historical Horror) Anne hasn’t told her new husband she sees dead people because she thinks she’s insane. Mary sees spirits too, but she’s okay with it. She has a different problem, and she needs Anne’s help. (14,766 words; Time: 49m)

Recommended By: 👍STomaino+2 (Q&A)


Lacuna Heights, by Theodore McCombs

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆

(Legal SF) A lawyer defends the right of people to have memories they keep private from the government. (6,174 words; Time: 20m)

Recommended By: 👍RHorton.r+1 (Q&A)


Girls Who Never Stood a Chance, by Deborah Coates

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆

(Modern Fantasy) Five abused young women see their lives change when dragons come to South Dakota and the government evacuates everyone. (11,961 words; Time: 39m)


Mighty Are the Meek and the Myriad, by Cassandra Khaw

[F&SF]
★★☆☆☆

(Robot SF) Some years after a peace treaty ended their war, humans and robots live together peacefully. Mostly. (6,375 words; Time: 21m)

Recommended By: 👍RHorton.r+2 (Q&A)