Showing posts with label Review. Show all posts
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Friday, March 17, 2017

2017 Hugo Awards Deadline #2: 3/17/17

4 WEEKS LEFT! Nominations must be completed by March 17, 2017. See our 2017 Hugo Awards page for recommendations. Final ballots will be announced in early April. Awards will be presented on August 11, 2017 at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland. 4

Deadline #1: Registration 1/31/17; #2: Nominations 3/17/17; #3 Final Ballots 4/?/17

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Idle Ingredients, by Matt Wallace

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(Modern Fantasy; Sin du Jour) Sin du Jour gets a new liaison, who mesmerizes the men, alienates the women, and starts making unwelcome changes. (31,728 words; Time: 1h:45m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

This story is unreadable if you didn't read the earlier stories in the series. See related articles on Tor.com.

Extracurricular Activities, by Yoon Ha Lee

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(Space Opera; Machineries of Empire) A Heptarchate undercover mission lead by one of Jedao’s friends has gone missing, so Jedao goes undercover to try and rescue them. (14,259 words; Time: 47m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

This is a prequel to “Nine Fox Gambit,” but it’s not necessary to read that book first. In fact, it’s possible that reading this story first would make the book more approachable.

Only Calculate the Motion of Heavenly Bodies, by Marcia Richards

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(High Fantasy) The kingdom’s security depends on its goddesses, so it’s a big problem that they all want to die. (2,392 words; Time: 07m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

u wont remember dying, by Russell Nichols

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(Near-Future SF) A dying young black man writes notes for his future self. (1,582 words; Time: 05m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

The Bog Girl, by Karen Russell

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(Slipstream Horror) Fifteen-year-old Cillian finds the love of his life buried in the peat of an old bog where she died long, long, ago. (7,215 words; Time: 24m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Screamers, by Tochi Onyebuchi

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(Horror) America has imported policemen from Nigeria to patrol black neighborhoods, and they’re struggling to solve cases where people seem to simply explode for no reason. (4,566 words; Time: 15m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

Only Their Shining Beauty Was Left, by Fran Wilde

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(Slipstream Apocalypse) About the time botany student Arminae Ganit daydreams about how nice it would be to be a tree, people around the world start turning into trees for real. (4,068 words; Time: 13m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Not Without Mercy, by Jeffrey Ford

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(Alien Invasion) At night, in the middle of a terrible snowstorm, Amy and Harry meet an alien on their drive home. (3,635 words; Time: 12m)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

Ever Changing, Ever Turning, by Yukimi Ogawa

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(Japanese SF) On Shino’s island, women aren’t allowed to use artificial colors on their nails or skin, but her friend Tsukiko can change color at will. (4,888 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

The Life and Times of Angel Evans, by Meredith Debonnaire

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(Portal Fantasy) Consumed with guilt for being the sole survivor from her home dimension collapsed, Angel scrapes by in our world, living with a ghost, working as a janitor and doing limited magic on the sly. (9,864 words; Time: 32m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

Monday, February 13, 2017

This Census-Taker, by China Miéville

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(Post-Apocalypse) At age seven, the narrator thought he saw his father murder his mother. But did he? (35,629 words; Time: 1h:58m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Innumerable Glimmering Lights, by Rich Larson

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(SF) Four Warm Currents leads a project to drill through the ice at the Roof of the World to finally discover what’s on the other side, but the closer he gets, the more opposition there is. (6,331 words; Time: 21m)

Rating: ★★★★★ Inventive and Exciting
Recommended By: GDozois:5 RHorton:5

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Last Dinosaur Rider of Benessa County, by Jeremy Sim

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(Historical Slipstream) Twenty years ago, Jonas rode a Pleesaur back when the frontier was wild. Now he just wants enough money to go home. (5,716 words; Time: 19m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Gravity's Exile, by Grace Seybold

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(High Fantasy) Jeone has been descending the World Cliff for years, but she's never seen a town quite as strange as Shasten Dhu. (9,088 words; Time: 30m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Creative, Exciting, and Satisfying

The Old Dispensation, by Lavie Tidhar

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(Space Opera) Shemesh returns from his mission on planet Kadesh to face inquisition by the Exiliarch. What really happened when he met the heretic there? (6,642 words; Time: 22m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

The Bells, by Lyndsie Manusos

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(Fantasy Horror) Bishop created Mary, a living doll, and charges local men to see her perform. She resents doing it, and she resents the way he keeps tinkering with her. But what can she do? (4,700 words; Time: 15m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Thursday, February 9, 2017

You Too Shall Be Psyche, by Rich Larson

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(SF Horror) Beautiful Reva makes a forbidden visit to the God in the Pit to tell him he made a mistake choosing her plain sister for his bride. (5,700 words; Time: 19m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Queen of Dirt, by Nisi Shawl

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(Contemporary Fantasy; Brit Williams) Teenage Brit enjoys teaching little kids at a Seattle Experience Outreach camp, even though she senses that something evil haunts the abandoned bunkers up the hill. (5,700 words; Time: 19m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Unexpectedly Touching

Although there are references to “Street Worm,” the previous story in the series, this story works quite well by itself.

The Lights We Carried Home, by Kay Chronister

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(Cambodian Horror/Mystery) Thirteen years after Dara’s sister Sopha disappeared, a foreign film crew comes to their village asking awkward questions about what really happened to the little girl. (4,977 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Chilling and Gripping