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

Friday, January 18, 2019

La Orpheline, by Jordan Taylor

[BCS]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Historical Fantasy) In nineteenth-Century Paris, a mute girl works for the opera, adopted by the company since they found her. Then she finds an unlikely ally to help her fight the magician who cursed her. (6,320 words; Time: 21m)


The Deepest Notes of the Harp and Drum, by Marissa Lingen

[BCS]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Fantasy Adventure) Jane disposed of her sister’s body in the forest where the wild pigs ate it, but now she fears a talking harp made from pig bones may rat her out. (3,077 words; Time: 10m)


In an Absent Dream, by Seanan McGuire

[Single]
★★★★☆ A great exploration of obligation and duty

(Portal Fantasy; Wayward Children) Bookish Katherine enters a world ruled by the requirement to “give fair value,” ruthlessly enforced by magic. As she learns how to live there, she likes it. But does she like it enough to leave home forever? (41,427 words; Time: 2h:18m)

Although this is fourth in the “Wayward Children” series, it stands alone just fine and it does not spoil any of the earlier books to read this one first

The Planet Woman By M.V. Crawford, by Lavie Tidhar

[Anthology]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(SF Adventure) Tidar has an imaginary author (M.V. Crawford) tell a series of short stories about a world where all the men were turned into women. (3,682 words; Time: 12m)


Leviathan Sings to Me in the Deep, by Nibedita Sen

[Nightmare]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Fantasy Horror) A whaling ship conducts an experiment in generating whale song to try to make it easier to attract whales to kill. (5,402 words; Time: 18m)

Recommended By: ๐Ÿ‘JMcGregor+2 (Q&A)


The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington, by P. Djรจlรญ Clark

[Fireside]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Historical Fantasy) In which we learn about the donors of each of the nine teeth and what effects they had on Washington. (3,648 words; Time: 12m)

Recommended By: ๐Ÿ“™JStrahan+2 (Q&A)


Thursday, January 17, 2019

Robots vs. Fairies, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe

[Anthology]
★★★★☆ Recommended

(Mixed) Not stories about robots fighting against fairies but rather a set of nine robot-themed stories interleaved with nine fairy-themed stories with the reader to judge which is the victor. (103,935 words; Time: 5h:46m)


A Fall Counts Anywhere, by Catherynne M. Valente

[Anthology]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Mixed Genre) Professional Wrestling of the future pits robots vs. fairies. (6,033 words; Time: 20m)


To a Cloven Pine, by Max Gladstone

[Anthology]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Virtual Reality) In a VR simulation, a starship AI keeps reenacting scenes from Shakespeare’s The Tempest. But why? (3,702 words; Time: 12m)


Adriftica, by Maria Dahvana Headley

[Anthology]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Modern Fantasy) Although the world is gradually falling apart, Heck Limmer still covers rock and roll bands for Rolling Stone, and he’s just found one that’s literally out of this world. (8,672 words; Time: 28m)


All the Time We've Left to Spend, by Alyssa Wong

[Anthology]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Robot SF) Ten years ago, all the members of the IRIS band died in an accident, and Ruriko blames herself. She keeps visiting robot constructed with the personalities of the band members hoping to find absolution. (6,755 words; Time: 22m)


Ostentation of Peacocks, by Lila Bowen

[Anthology]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Western Fantasy) A ranger can’t ignore four men on horseback chasing a naked man across the desert, even if it means she’ll have to change back to human form. (6,024 words; Time: 20m)


Three Robots Experience Objects Left Behind from the Era of Humans for the First Time, by John Scalzi

[Anthology]
★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Humor) An account of robots trying to make sense of artifacts left by vanished humanity. (1,294 words; Time: 04m)


The Buried Giant, by Lavie Tidhar

[Anthology]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Post-Apocalypse) The narrator tells how he learned the story of Oli, who discovered he was the only human in a town of robots and decided to leave so he could learn to be “a real boy.” (7,133 words; Time: 23m)

Recommended By: ๐Ÿ‘RHorton.r+2 (Q&A)


Second to the Left, and Straight On, by Jim C. Hines

[Anthology]
★★★★☆ A cool new twist on an old favorite

(Peter Pan Pastiche) Angela Davis’s daughter was lost to the fairies some time ago, but she keeps looking for her and for other “Found Girls” trapped this side of Neverland. (5,311 words; Time: 17m)


Work Shadow/Shadow Work, by Madeline Ashby

[Anthology]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Modern Fantasy) In her old age, Sigrid doesn’t do as much witchcraft as she used to, but she doesn’t think she really needs the robot assistant her daughter got to help look after her. (7,496 words; Time: 24m)

Recommended By: ๐Ÿ‘RHorton.r+2 (Q&A)


The Bookcase Expedition, by Jeffrey Ford

[Anthology]
Not Rated No Speculative Element

(Mainstream) The narrator is sick unto death, and from the living room couch, he watches an expedition of tiny fairies making a dangerous climb up his bookshelves. (4,276 words; Time: 14m)

Recommended By: ๐Ÿ“™JStrahan+2 (Q&A)


Sound and Fury, by Mary Robinette Kowal

[Anthology]
★★★★☆ Fun character and lots of action.

(SF Adventure) Getting the giant robot down to the surface is critical to the diplomatic mission, but there’s one snag after another, and the chief engineer is running out of time and patience. (4,425 words; Time: 14m)


Just Another Love Song, by Kat Howard

[Anthology]
★★★★☆ A Musical Fantasy to Die For

(Modern Fantasy) A banshee is singing for money in New York when she perceives a threat from a young man. Other fae have been disappearing, so she attacks with her voice, but the only result is that he asks her out. (3,379 words; Time: 11m)


Ironheart, by Jonathan Maberry

[Anthology]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Fantasy SF) Dying from his war injury, Duke spends his last days with his grandparents on their farm trying to help them keep the farm robots working. But they’re falling apart just like he is. (6,639 words; Time: 22m)