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

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Knee Deep in the Sea, by Melissa Marr

[Lightspeed]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Horror) The young assistant to the director of a documentary film likes Scotland, hates that her boss wants to get her in bed, and really hates waking up next to dead people. (8,334 words; Time: 27m)


A Country Called Winter, by Theodora Goss

[Lightspeed]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Modern Fantasy) Vera grew up in America, but she was born in Winter, a mysterious, very cold European country. She thinks she’s left it all behind, but it finds a way to come for her. (8,168 words; Time: 27m)


The Second-Last Client, by Yoon Ha Lee

[Lightspeed]
★★★☆☆

(Apocalypse) In the last hour before Earth is destroyed, one of the aliens trying to mount a few last-minute rescues stops by a coffee shop for a peppermint latte and makes a discovery. (1,777 words; Time: 05m)


Eros Pratfalled, Or, Adrift in the Cosmos With Lasagna and Mary Steenburgen, by Adam-Troy Castro

[Lightspeed]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(SF Humor) Ellis is a nice young man, but he can’t find his soulmate, and no one else will do. Unfortunately, this soulmate is a dead alien invertebrate. (3,712 words; Time: 12m)


Her Appetite, His Heart, by Dominica Phetteplace

[Lightspeed]
★★☆☆☆

(SF Adventure; Robot Country) Javi turned Isla away when she insisted on monogamy, but he’s come to realize she’s the only one for him. When he can’t find her, he drops everything to search for her. Even if it means risking his life in Robot Country. (6,537 words; Time: 21m)

This will be more interesting if you read “One Thousand Beetles in a Jumpsuit” first.

Operation Spring Dawn, by Mo Xiong

[Clarkesworld]
★☆☆☆☆

(Post Apocalypse) The Great Freeze has left the Earth almost lifeless for 20,000 years, but robots have awakened a genetically modified human to start a warming process—if they can figure out how to. (12,290 words; Time: 40m)


Sentinel, by Chang-Gyu Kim

[Clarkesworld]
★★☆☆☆

(Dying Earth) The last survivors on Earth cope with a steady loss of energy by picking one person to sacrifice. (8,424 words; Time: 28m)


Cloud-Born, by Gregory Feeley

[Clarkesworld]
★★★☆☆

(Colony Ship) After eighteen years, a colony ship reaches Neptune, and the children born on board wonder what their future holds. (9,895 words; Time: 32m)


Antarctica, by D.A. Xiaolin Spires

[Clarkesworld]
★★★☆☆

(Hard SF) Mysterious microbes accelerate Antarctic melting while a team of scientists (plus one artist) try to find a way to save the penguins. (5,693 words; Time: 18m)


Your Future Is Pending, by Matthew Kressel

[Clarkesworld]
★★★☆☆

(Cyberpunk) In a future where successful people spend most of their time in cyberspace, Martha struggles to make ends meet servicing the systems that take care of them. (5,178 words; Time: 17m)


Friday, November 15, 2019

Shucked, by Sam J. Miller

[F&SF]
★★★★★ Perfectly Chilling

(Horror) A young American couple in Italy gets a proposition from an older man: $10,000 for an hour of the young man’s time. They do need the money, but . . . (4,181 words; Time: 13m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘RHorton.r+1 (Q&A)


The Vicious World of Birds, by Andy Stewart

[F&SF]
Not Rated No Speculative Element

(Mainstream) An unusual snowstorm in South Texas disrupts an extended family gathering at Thanksgiving/Christmas. (8,577 words; Time: 28m)


Knit Three, Save Four, by Marie Vibbert

[F&SF]
★★★★☆ Well tied-together

(SF Thriller) A stowaway works with the crew to try to save the vessel, but all she’s really good at is knitting. (5,197 words; Time: 17m)


It Never Snows in Snowtown, by Rebecca Zahabi

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆

(Allegory) Although the narrator lives in Snowtown, she learns a lot she never knew simply by taking a tour. (3,884 words; Time: 12m)


Bird Thou Never Wert, by James Morrow

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆

(Historical Horror) A writer explains to an editor that a colleague who died over 60 years ago didn’t really deserve credit for his stories and relates the unusual circumstances of his death. (7,726 words; Time: 25m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘STomaino+2 (Q&A)


A Hand at the Service of Darkness, by Gregor Hartmann

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(SF Thriller; Zephyr) Officer Philippa Song is dragged into a covert operation with an operative who seems to reject all principles of decent police work. (5,968 words; Time: 19m)


Evergreen, by M. Rickert

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆

(Ghost Story) A middle-aged woman revisits her home town during the Christmas season looking for ghosts. (2,827 words; Time: 09m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘RHorton.r+1 (Q&A)


A Geas of the Purple School, by Matthew Hughes

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Fantasy Adventure; Baldemar) Baldemar and Vunt investigate a murder that has unsettling connections to the ruling Duke’s family and involves an unusual magical spell. (15,349 words; Time: 51m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘STomaino+1 (Q&A)

You don’t need to read the rest of the Baldemar stories to enjoy this one, and this one is almost self-contained, but the last scene sets up the action for the next story, so it has something of an incomplete feeling.

The Joy in Wounding, by Charlotte Ashley

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆

(Greek Myth Pastiche) In a retelling of the myth of Cupid (Eros) and Psyche, her sisters killed him and rescued her, but his palace floats around the Earth doing damage. (7,602 words; Time: 25m)


Rejoice, My Brothers and Sisters, by Benjamin Rosenbaum

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆

(SF Horror) Seeking an expose, a journalist from cyberspace comes to a reservation for people and things as they were in the 21st Century. (5,642 words; Time: 18m)