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

Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Hundredth House Had No Walls, by Laurie Penny

[Single]
★★★☆☆

(Slipstream) After 500 years, the King of Myth and Shadow is getting bored, so he decides to take a vacation in New York City. (4,393 words; Time: 14m)


And Now His Lordship Is Laughing, by Shiv Ramdas

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[Strange Horizons]
★★★☆☆

(Historical Fantasy Horror) In 1943 India, during the Bengal Famine, the Governor of Bengal tries to force an old woman to make a doll for his wife. (6,843 words; Time: 22m)


Witch's Road, by Christian K. Martinez

[BCS]
★★★☆☆

(Fantasy Adventure) Catalina has run away from town to beg a particular gift from the witch in the forest, knowing the risk of failure but not the cost of success. (4,746 words; Time: 15m)


The Silent Flowers of the Magician's Garden, by Eleanna Castroianni

[BCS]
★★★☆☆

(High Fantasy) River’s dad wants him to train to be a soldier, but he’d rather be an apprentice to a magician. (3,344 words; Time: 11m)


Friday, September 13, 2019

The Fifth Day, by Tochi Onyebuchi

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆

(African High Fantasy) The narrator delivers dead bodies to the Earth which sometimes spits them back. He/she thinks something is not quite right, but can’t quite figure it out. (5,401 words; Time: 18m)


This Is Not My Adventure, by Karlo Yeager RodrΓ­guez

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Portal Fantasy) A middle-aged man settling his dead mother’s estate discovers he can still slip through the wardrobe into a different world. (2,017 words; Time: 06m)


The Tailor and the Beast, by Aysha U. Farah

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆

(Fairy Tale) In this variation on the Beauty and the Beast story, a middle-aged tailor manages to free his daughter by offering himself as companion to the beast. (5,326 words; Time: 17m)


Seed and Cinder, by Jei D. Marcade

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆

(Slipstream) Geon is a monster who’ll swallow the sun one day, but for now he lives on the outskirts of town and helps the fire department. (2,006 words; Time: 06m)


Tower, by Lane Waldman

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆

(Fairytale Humor) A modern-day Rapunzel gives up on being rescued by a prince and decides to settle for an electrician. (4,485 words; Time: 14m)


Away With the Wolves, by Sarah Gailey

[Uncanny]
★★★☆☆

(Fantasy Adventure) When Suss is human, she’s in awful pain, but when she’s a wolf, she keeps getting in trouble. She has friends, but people are getting tired of it all. (8,129 words; Time: 27m)


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Homecoming, by Gardner Dozois

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(High Fantasy) An old man—maybe a wizard—comes to a village looking for something. But who is he and what does he want? (2,434 words; Time: 08m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘STomaino+1 (Q&A)


Ghost Ships, by Michael Swanwick

[F&SF]
Not Rated No Speculative Element

(Mainstream) A man attends his college reunion and reflects on a friend who passed away. (2,535 words; Time: 08m)


The Wrong Badger, by Esther Friesner

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆

(SF Thriller) A US-based theme park tries to give visitors an experience of England that’s so realistic no one needs to visit the real thing. Of course this means war. (7,313 words; Time: 24m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘STomaino+1 (Q&A)


Booksavr, by Ken Liu

[F&SF]
★★☆☆☆

(Legal SF) In which we learn about a software package that can change the sex, race, orientation, etc. of the characters to make stories more inclusive. (2,115 words; Time: 07m)


Erase, Erase, Erase, by Elizabeth Bear

[F&SF]
★★☆☆☆

(Surreal) A woman knows something about an upcoming terrorist attack, but she’s fading out of existence, parts are falling off, and she can’t quite remember enough details to report it anyway. (9,165 words; Time: 30m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘STomaino+1 (Q&A)


The Light on Eldoreth, by Nick Wolven

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆

(Space Opera) Two wealthy men meet to discuss a wedding contract between their children, and we learn a lot about the state of the galaxy in the process. (7,111 words; Time: 23m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘STomaino+1 (Q&A)


Madness Afoot, by Amanda Hollander

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Fairy-Tale Humor) Prince Charming’s sister disapproves of his obsession over this mysterious girl who left just a slipper, particularly when the kingdom seems to be falling apart. (1,535 words; Time: 05m)


Under the Hill, by Maureen F. McHugh

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Campus Fantasy) A young woman describes her college experiences, starting with the fact that her school adjoined a Fae community, so student interactions with Faerie were a constant issue. (5,095 words; Time: 16m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘RHorton.r+1 πŸ‘STomaino+1 (Q&A)


Kabul, by Michael Moorcock

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆

(Military SF) In the middle of World War III, a group of soldiers treks across what’s left of Afghanistan hoping that Kabul is still there to resupply them. (15,332 words; Time: 51m)


Little Inn on the Jianghu, by Y.M. Pang

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆

(Wuxia Fantasy) When a group of heroes trash his establishment, an innkeeper goes on a quest for reimbursement. (5,995 words; Time: 19m)

You need to be familiar with Wuxia dramas like the movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” in order to get this story, which largely makes fun of them.