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

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Singles' Day, by Samantha Murray

[Interzone]
★★★★☆ Four Stories in One

(Dystopia) An overcrowded Earth celebrates “Single’s Day” every November to honor those who stay single. And a few lucky people get a ticket on a starship to a new world. If they’re really ready to go. (9,027 words; Time: 30m)


Territory: Blank, by Aliya Whiteley

[Interzone]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Horror) There’s something wrong with the dome experiment. It’s just an experiment. People shouldn’t be dying for real, much less getting eaten. (3,924 words; Time: 13m)


The Analogue of Empathy, by Joanna Berry

[Interzone]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Robot SF) In an effort to push “Lena” toward real intelligence (and real empathy), the researchers ask her to write a log. Meanwhile, a rival researcher tries to shut them down. (8,080 words; Time: 26m)


The Sea Maker of Darmid Bay, by Shauna O'Meara

[Interzone]
★★★★☆ Tension, Excitement, and a Nice Twist

(Modern High Fantasy) Four young men fishing illegally in the polluted waters off Kurathi City hook something enormous, and with no idea what it is, struggle hard to capture it. (7,051 words; Time: 23m)


Inscribed on Dark Water, by Gregor Hartmann

[Interzone]
★★★★★ Good characters, Cool Setting, Great Story

(Colony SF; Zephyr) Olani’s internship is a disappointment. She’s a glorified janitor, her boss is a religious fanatic, and now a crew of inspectors may shut the whole operation down. Which might also be an opportunity. (8,205 words; Time: 27m)

Although the author has many other stories set on planet Zephyr, this is a completely stand-alone story; you lose nothing by reading this one first.

Mountaineering, by Leah Bobet

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[Strange Horizons]
★★★★☆ A Chilling Testimony to Grief

(Allegory) Eli follows his dead brother up a mountain into the bitter cold. (2,484 words; Time: 08m)


Monday, September 10, 2018

It's Easy to Shoot A Dog, by Maria Haskins

[BCS]
★★★★☆ Tense and Exciting

(Fantasy Horror) On a cold October midnight, teenage Susanna takes her dog and a musket and sneaks away into the woods. Things happened ten years ago when she got the dog. Bad things. And now the reckoning is due. (4,470 words; Time: 14m)


Ancestor Night, by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

[BCS]
★★★☆☆ Average

(High Fantasy) It’s the first Ancestor Night since Paolo and his siblings lost their parents, and for some reason his sister Jasna isn’t eager to see them again. (1,893 words; Time: 06m)


Triquetra, by Kirstyn McDermott

[Tor.com]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Fairy Tale) Snow White’s life with the prince isn’t going so well, and her wicked stepmother—now a prisoner—seems determined to torment her about it. (11,840 words; Time: 39m)


A Siren’s Cry Is a Song of Sorrow, by Stina Leicht

[Apex]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Horror) In 1975 Texas, a middle-school girl and her sister want to escape their miserable lives by turning into mermaids. (7,642 words; Time: 25m)


Coyote Now Wears a Suit, by Ani Fox

[Apex]
★★★★☆ A Fun and Satisfying Romp

(Modern Fantasy) A closeted young Hawaiian man bails a devious Native-American god out of a Honolulu jail and watches his life spiral out of control. (5,392 words; Time: 17m)


River Street, by S.R. Mandel

[Apex]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Allegory) It’s a nice walk down River Street, and once you’re on it, you’ll want to stay all the way to the end. Everyone does. (706 words; Time: 02m)


Field Biology of the Wee Fairies, by Naomi Kritzer

[Apex]
★★★★★ Sweet, Funny, and Inspiring

(Modern Fantasy) When other girls catch fairies, they wish for beauty, but Amelia just wants to do well on her science project. (4,700 words; Time: 15m)


Seedlings, by Audrey R. Hollis

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[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Slipstream) Pamela swallows a cactus, and grows spines all over, causing various problems at work and with her girlfriend. (2,690 words; Time: 08m)


Sunday, September 9, 2018

A House by the Sea, by P.H. Lee

[Uncanny]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Pastiche) We know about the ones who walked away from Omelas, but what the heck happened to the kid in the basement? (1,394 words; Time: 04m)

This story will make zero sense if you haven’t already read “The Ones Who Walk away from Omelas,” by Ursula K. LeGuin

The Stars Above, by Katharine Duckett

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Alien Invasion) When the aliens invaded, Jack was with the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan. Months later, he’s helping survivors and wondering about home. (6,431 words; Time: 21m)


The Things I Miss the Most, by Nisi Shawl

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Medical SF) After a new epilepsy treatment, a girl’s imaginary friend becomes all too real. (3,520 words; Time: 11m)


This Will Not Happen to You, by Marissa Lingen

[Uncanny]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Medical SF) If you get sick (which you won’t) you probably won’t get infected with something hard to diagnose and hard to cure. Or get treatments worse than the disease. (857 words; Time: 02m)


Disconnect, by Fran Wilde

[Uncanny]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Science Fantasy) After the Big Heat and the Bio Wars, Izze keeps losing body parts when she sleeps. Luckily she can get them back by singing in a modified Faraday cage. Most of the time. (7,768 words; Time: 25m)


Abigail Dreams of Weather, by Stu West

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Adventure) Four kids in a cancer ward on a space station decide to go on an adventure while the adults are preoccupied with a meteor emergency. (5,345 words; Time: 17m)