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

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections, by Tina Connolly

[Tor.com]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(High Fantasy Dystopia) The Regent rules as a tyrant, and he has separated Saffron from her husband to force him to bake the amazing confections that let you relive bits of the past. (7,845 words; Time: 26m)


Flesh and Stone, by Kathryn Yelinek

[BCS]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Dark Fantasy) A sculptor shouldn’t fall in love with his statues, even if he has the magic to make them come to life. (4,673 words; Time: 15m)


Drawing The Barriers, by Tamara Vardomskaya

[BCS]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Fantasy Adventure) Mages aren’t allowed to learn crafts like drawing, but Magistra Nonar was a prodigy before she was a mage, and a secretive group wants to use her talent to smash the barriers the separate the worlds. (7,385 words; Time: 24m)


Chasing the Start, by Evan Marcroft

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[Strange Horizons]
★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Sports) Sa races in dangerous places throughout time and space, but she’s getting old, the challengers are ruthless, and there are a lot of ways to get hurt in this sport. (8,455 words; Time: 28m)


The Chariots, The Horsemen, by Stephanie Malia Morris

[Apex]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Modern Fantasy) A young woman discovers she has the ability to fly, just as her mother did. But her father thinks there’s something shameful about it, so she tries to suppress it. (1,661 words; Time: 05m)


Keruoac's Renascence, by Tal M. Klein

[Apex]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(SF) A dying young man decides to spend the last of his money on a cruise from Tokyo to San Francisco, where he has made arrangements to die with dignity. A lot can happen on a cruise, though. (9,468 words; Time: 31m)


All Clear, by Hao He

[Apex]
★☆☆☆☆ Strongly Not Recommended

(Post-Apocalypse) Zhang Dong’s village, one of the most prosperous in the ruins of the old city, comes under attack when two rival groups mysteriously slip past the perimeter. Could there be a traitor? (7,861 words; Time: 26m)


When You're Ready, by M. Ian Bell

[Apex]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Virtual Reality) In a dying world, the narrator tries to turn a virtual child into a healthy adult, but the child is so damaged by his past that almost all roads lead to disaster. (6,408 words; Time: 21m)


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Athuran Interpreter's Flight, by Eleanna Castroianni

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[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(SF Horror) An alien brain transplanted into a human child’s body serves as an involuntary translator. It’s not supposed to have volition or memories, but things don’t always work as advertised. (3,591 words; Time: 11m)


Everything Under Heaven, by Anya Ow

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Chinese Fantasy Adventure) Sarnai seeks to kill a particular dragon to restore her honor. Kee wants to cook a few to see how they taste. They’re quite a team. (5,137 words; Time: 17m)


Nails in My Feet, by Mary Robinette Kowal

[Uncanny]
Not Rated No Speculative Element

(Mainstream) A puppet dinosaur reminisces about its days in a major motion picture (447 words; Time: 01m)


Give the People What They Want, by Alex Bledsoe

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Time Travel) A detective interviews a security guard about an illegal time-travel excursion that went very wrong. (2,677 words; Time: 08m)


The Emigrants' Guide to Oregon, California, and the Unknown, by Brit E.B. Hvide

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Horror) A member of the Donner Party reports how they were followed by a creature that sounds a lot like a small, carnivorous dinosaur. (4,075 words; Time: 13m)


The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat, by Brooke Bolander

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Dinosaur Fairy Tale) In which a dim-witted prince fools a clever velociraptor into following him back to his court and what happened thereafter. (7,171 words; Time: 23m)


By Claw, By Hand, By Silent Speech, by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and A. Merc Rustad

[Uncanny]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(SF Adventure) The Owen corporation has brought some dinosaurs through their “gate,” and Dr. Crimshaw thinks she can use sign language to communicate with one of them. (4,425 words; Time: 14m)


Bones in the Rock, by R.K. Kalaw

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Reincarnation) A dinosaur reincarnated as a present-day human woman seeks her long lost love amidst fossils. (5,344 words; Time: 17m)


You Can Make a Dinosaur, but You Can't Help Me, by K.M. Szpara

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Adventure) In hopes of getting money to complete his transition, Emrick and his boyfriend visit his wealthy estranged father, who operates a wormhole that links to other dimensions. (7,046 words; Time: 23m)


Red Lizard Brigade, by Sam J. Miller

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Alternate History SF Adventure) In a 1950s Russia that developed “gate” technology, a young soldier rides his dinosaur in pursuit of his lover who seems to be trying to defect. (3,222 words; Time: 10m)


Monday, July 9, 2018

Wild Bill's Last Stand, by Kyle Muntz

[Lightspeed]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Western Fantasy) Wild Bill rode into town to drink, for the pretty boys, and to kill a man or die trying. (2,726 words; Time: 09m)


A Song of Home, the Organ Grinds, by James Beamon

[Lightspeed]
★★★★★ Colorful setting, packed with action

(Military Steampunk) An orphan recruit on a Turkish airship tends the brainwashed monkeys that constitute one of their principle weapons. He fears them deeply, but the ones with mechanical parts he fears the worst. (5,990 words; Time: 19m)