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

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Georgie in the Sun, by Natalia Theodoridou

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆

(Space Vampire Epic) Vlad’s an immortal vampire and his girlfriend Eliza stays in suspended animation most of the time while they travel the stars looking for a planet where they can be happy together. (2,592 words; Time: 08m)


Getaway, by Nicole Kornher-Stace

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Time Loop) You just drive the getaway car, for the same heist, over and over, trying somehow not to break the artifact that resets time. (4,675 words; Time: 15m)


If You Want to Erase Us, You Must Be Thorough, by L. Tu

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆

(Dark Silkpunk) Young Aida trains at a military academy, and she rarely thinks about the past of her island, but she accidentally discovers a remnant of the past in the poisonous mist that surrounds the island. (6,144 words; Time: 20m)


So You Want to Be a Honeypot, by Kelly Robson

[Uncanny]
Not Rated No Speculative Element

(Historical Fiction) In post-World War II Europe, Vasilia trains as a Soviet spy who tries to learn military secrets by seducing soldiers. (4,868 words; Time: 16m)


The Sycamore and the Sybil, by Alix E. Harrow

[Uncanny]
★★☆☆☆

(Fantasy) Long ago, Sylvie turned herself into a tree to avoid rape, but she wonders if there might not be a better way. (4,515 words; Time: 15m)


If Salt Lose Its Savor, by Christopher Caldwell

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆

(African High Fantasy) Dion’s village makes it’s living selling special blue salts to magicians, and she is one of the best harvesters. But she has prophetic dreams, and lately she’s dreaming of a catastrophe. (2,518 words; Time: 08m)


Monday, March 16, 2020

The Man I Love, by James Patrick Kelly

[F&SF]
★★★★☆ A deeply moving tale of love that outlasts life itself.

(Ghosts) The clientele at Slack’s bar are rather unusual, and some of them don’t seem to be all there, like a young lady who comes in every night asking about a sailor boy. (1,905 words; Time: 06m)

Recommended By: 👍STomaino+1 (Q&A)


Hungry Is the Earth, by William Ledbetter

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆

(Alien Invasion) The poisonous alien plants have crowded out all other plants, and humanity is dying. Isabelle keeps a garden and is trying to keep her little brother alive, but it looks pretty grim. (2,211 words; Time: 07m)


A Feast of Butterflies, by Amanda Hollander

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Dark Modern Fantasy) In a small town where justice is a sham, a young constable looks into the disappearance of five privileged youths somehow connected to a strange girl who eats butterflies. (6,046 words; Time: 20m)

Recommended By: 👍RHorton.r+1 👍STomaino+1 (Q&A)


A Solitary Crane Circles Cold Mountain, by Gregor Hartmann

[F&SF]
★★★★★ Cool characters in a chilling setting.

(Dystopia) Lili’s Foundation is close to launching their generation ship if Lili can figure a way to make the society stable and if the world government can be convinced it doesn’t undermine harmony. (6,025 words; Time: 20m)


Say You're Sorry, by Amman Sabet

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆

(Uncanny Horror) New York City experiences a period when bad things happen to people who apologize. (6,029 words; Time: 20m)

Recommended By: 👍STomaino+1 (Q&A)


Red Sword of the Celiac, by John Possidente

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆

(Faux SF Book Review) A reviewer is forced to review the long-lost third novel in a trilogy by a long-forgotten author. (1,582 words; Time: 05m)


The Million-Mile Sniper, by S.L. Huang

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆

(SF Monograph) Someone fired a projectile across the solar system to kill a senator, and no one knows who did it. (1,680 words; Time: 05m)

Recommended By: 👍STomaino+1 (Q&A)


Death on the Nefertem Express, by Brian Trent

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆ Mixed

(SF Mystery) Someone sabotaged a tourist train on planet Nefertem. It had to be one of the passengers, but can anyone solve the mystery before sunrise kills all the passengers—in just half an hour. (7,641 words; Time: 25m)

Recommended By: 👍STomaino+1 (Q&A)


Hacksilver, by Elizabeth Bear

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Historical Fantasy) Auga “Hacksilver” Augusson returns home after eight years as a Viking, so he polishes up his luck before he gets there. He’s going to need it. (9,102 words; Time: 30m)

Recommended By: 👍RHorton.r+1 (Q&A)


The Last Legend, by Matthew Hughes

[F&SF]
★★★★★ A moving story with plenty of tension and excitement.

(Fantasy Adventure) When young Ardal’s parents die, his future prospects get worse and worse until he flees town with little more than the clothes on his back and a book of children’s stories. (11,226 words; Time: 37m)

Recommended By: 👍STomaino+1 (Q&A)


Kikelomo Ultrasheen, by Dare Segun Falowo

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆

(Modern Fantasy) Teenage Kiki lives in a village in modern Nigeria, where she plans to be a hairdresser like her mom, but the god Onidiri marked her at birth and has something much bigger planned for her. (8,676 words; Time: 28m)


Come the Revolution, by Ian Tregillis

[F&SF]
★★★★☆ An epic story of an indomitable spirit fighting an irresistible servitude.

(Clockwork Fantasy) In an alternate 18th Century Holland, Mab was created to serve, but machines serve in endless pain, and she longs to find a way to escape the constraints her makers put on her. (16,549 words; Time: 55m)

Recommended By: 👍RHorton.r+1 👍STomaino+2 (Q&A)


Friday, March 13, 2020

Rat and Finch Are Friends, by Innocent Chizaram Ilo

[Strange Horizons]
★★★☆☆

(Modern Fantasy) When he’s caught kissing another boy, one of Izuchukwu’s two big secrets comes out. But if they find out he can turn into a bird and fly, he’ll be in real trouble. (4,385 words; Time: 14m)


Love and Marriage in the Hexasun Lands, by Tahmeed Shafiq

[Lightspeed]
★★★☆☆ Mixed

(High Fantasy) Adhamrya had the distinction of being the first moral to marry a goddess. Unfortunately he also had the distinction of being the first mortal to cheat on one. (7,831 words; Time: 26m)