Showing posts with label Review. Show all posts
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

2017 Hugo Awards Deadline #3: 7/15/17

Final ballots must be completed by July 15, 2017. The Hugo packet will be available in May. Meanwhile, an annotated Hugo Finalists list with links is available at File770. Awards will be presented on August 11, 2017 at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland.

Deadline #1: Registration 1/31/17; #2: Nominations 3/17/17#3 Final Ballots 7/15/17

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Black Powder, by Maria Dahvana Headley

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(Horror) The Kid wants to the other kids in high school to pay attention to him, so he steals a rifle. The rifle he steals is much more than just a gun, though. (7,480 words; Time: 24m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Majnun, by Helene Wecker

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(Modern Fantasy) In modern Morocco, Zahid gets called for the most difficult exorcism jobs. This one is going to be a doozy. (3,738 words; Time: 12m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Clever and moving.

Authenticity, by Monica Byrne

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(Mainstream) A woman sneaks out to watch her boyfriend make a porn movie. (3,530 words; Time: 11m)

Rating: Not Rated No Speculative Element

Glass Lights, by JY Yang

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(Modern Fantasy) Mena is a Malaysian woman working in China. Family history says her grandmother was a djinn, but that doesn’t seem to help her much in her office, where others shun her. (2,943 words; Time: 09m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Hurrem and the Djinn, by Claire North

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(Historical Ottoman Fantasy) High officials in the Empire fear that the sultana has used djinns to bewitch the sultan, and they ask Davud to find a way to break her spell. (5,232 words; Time: 17m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

How We Remember You, by Kuzhali Manickavel

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(Modern Fantasy) In 1984 India, four Muslim teenagers befriend, then betray a young djinn—and then obsess over it. (3,006 words; Time: 10m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

The Congregation, by Kamila Shamsie

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(Arabian Fantasy) Qasim meets a djinn boy his age at the mosque one morning, and he becomes obsessed with finding him again. (3,879 words; Time: 12m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

History, by Nnedi Okorafor

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(Contemporary Fantasy) She’s a great witch and a great entertainer, but tonight’s performance is going to be a night to remember. (5,010 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Emperors of Jinn, by Usman Malik

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(Contemporary Fantasy) Four well-to-do Pakistani kids spend the summer together trying to summon a djinn. (4,758 words; Time: 15m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

The Spite House, by Kirsty Logan

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(Modern Fantasy) The djinn are all mortal now, but when Esha goes out at nights, she dreams of having some of the power her father talked about. (4,934 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

The Righteous Guide of Arabsat, by Sophia Al-Maria

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(Horror) Khalid is sure his new wife has been possessed by a djinn. (4,429 words; Time: 14m)

Rating: Not Rated No Speculative Element

Duende 2077, by Jamal Mahjoub

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(Dystopic Mystery) In future London, Dhaka investigates a murder, but people in the Caliphate that runs the city have an unhealthy interest in it. (4,284 words; Time: 14m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Bring Your Own Spoon, by Saad Z. Hossain

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(Dystopic Fantasy) In a future, polluted Dhaka, Hanu makes friends with a djinn, and they decide to open a restaurant—even though almost everyone eats synthetic food. (4,668 words; Time: 15m)

Rating: ★★★★★ Humorous and touching

Message in a Bottle, by K.J. Parker

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(High Fantasy) The narrator seeks a plague cure a long-dead scholar may have left in a bottle. Or it might be a new kind of plague. But how to decide? (4,927 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

The Jinn Hunter’s Apprentice, by E.J. Swift

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(Future Fantasy) The Ganymede mission is stuck in Mars orbit until a jinn hunter can come and exorcize the jinn that are haunting it. (5,059 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Queen of Sheba, by Catherine Faris King

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(Historical Fantasy) In 1953 Los Angeles, 12-year-old Juanita starts seeing visions. Aunt Opal is a little strange, but she’s the only one Juanita trusts enough to talk to. (3,835 words; Time: 12m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Reap, by Sami Shah

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(Horror) Grant works on a drone team for the US airforce in New Mexico. They see something in Pakistan that’s hard to believe. Even when they start seeing it at home too. (5,971 words; Time: 19m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

The Sand in the Glass is Right, by James Smythe

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(Horror) You can force a jinn to grant you a wish, but they always find a way to twist it. Simon Bond figures out a wish they can’t pervert. Or so he believes. (5,574 words; Time: 18m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Clever and Creepy

A Tale of Ash in Seven Birds, by Amal El-Mohtar

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(Poetic Fantasy) The narrators keep changing form to evade attack by the wizard-nation. (1,418 words; Time: 04m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended