Showing posts with label Review+2015. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Review+2015. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies, by Matthew Kressel

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Aya is a farmer who grows realms of galaxies, skilled in finding and pruning the sick and malignant. (6,434 words; Time: 21m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Brigas Nunca Mais, by Martin L. Shoemaker

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(Hard SF; Captain Nick Aames) The surprising tale of how Nick Ames, the famous, no-nonsense captain on the Earth-Mars run, had such a disastrous first wedding that there was no marriage. (7,400 words; Time: 24m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Three Bodies at Mitanni, by Seth Dickinson

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Earth has sent a powerful starship to find the colonies it established 1,000 years ago and to destroy any that pose a threat to humanity. (7,100 words; Time: 23m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

Monday, October 17, 2016

Time Bomb Time, by C.C. Finlay

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Hannah's boyfriend wants to test his time experiment in Hannah's room. (3,135 words; Time: 10m)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆, Needs Improvement
Recommended By: RHorton:5

Friday, March 18, 2016

Speak Easy, by Catherynne M. Valente

[Single]
★★★☆☆ Average

(1920s Urban Fantasy) In a 1920s Harlem hotel, the party never stops. Frankie wants to be a writer, and he wants Zelda. Zelda finds a door to another world and thinks she'll find what she wants down there. (31,600 words; Time: 1h:45m)


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Perfect State, by Brandon Sanderson

[Single]
★★★★☆ Recommended

(SF) Kai has conquered his whole world, but he's starting to get bored with it. There are other worlds, but the concept gives him the creeps. And sometimes they won't be ignored. (18,200 words; Time: 1h:00m)

Recommended By: 🏆Hugo+2 👍RSR+1 (Q&A)


I Had No Head and My Eyes Were Floating Way Up In the Air, by Clifford D. Simak

(SF) An accident on another planet destroys Charlie's body, but the local aliens rebuild him in a strange and different way. A very strange and different way. (~7,700 words)

Rating: 2, Not Recommended
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Pure Attentions, by TR Dillon

[Single]
★★★☆☆ Average

(YA Urban Fantasy) Max hates having to wait while his mom sees the doctor. The cafe where he waits is usually deserted, but today two strange little men show up. Men who're supposed to be invisible. (13,000 words; Time: 43m)


A Flat Affect, by Eric Flint

[Collection]
★★★☆☆ Average

(High Fantasy) King Bertrand wants to celebrate the millennium of a great general, sparing no expense. Garrick, his childhood friend, will perform, but Garrick's style is rather odd. (3,500 words; Time: 11m)


I am Graalnak of the Vroon Empire, Destroyer of Galaxies, Supreme Overlord of the Planet Earth. Ask Me Anything, by Laura Pearlman

(SF Humor) Graalnak, alien conqueror of Earth,  does an ask-me-anything session on Reddit. (992 words)

Rating: 3, Average
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… And I Show You How Deep the Rabbit Hole Goes, by Scott Alexander

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(SF Humor) Eight magic pills, each with a different ability. Eight people who take those pills. And a whole universe to try to save. (6,538 words)

Rating: 3, Average
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Daedalus, by Niall Burke

(SF AI) The town's new computer system is working awfully well. The public have never been happier with their city government. Something is too good to be true. (2,142 words)

Rating: 1, Needs Improvement
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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Obits, by Stephen King

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(Horror) Mike writes snarky, disrespectful celebrity obituaries for a sleazy webzine. Then one day he gets the idea to write an obit about a living person. (8,600 words; Time: 28m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

The Builders, by Daniel Polansky

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(Military Fantasy) The Captain gathers his old team together to mount an assault on the traitors who beat them five years ago. (30,800 words; Time: 1h:42m)

Rating: ★★★★★ Award-Worthy

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Hyperspace Demons, by Jonathan Moeller

[Single]
★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

(SF) Malcolm a navigator-commander for the Castakaran empire, is travelling on an ordinary troop carrier when it's attacked by the enemy. (17,000 words; Time: 56m)


Friday, March 11, 2016

Fear of the Unknown and Self-Loathing in Hollywood, by Nick Cole

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(Gonzo Journalism) Doc Midnite (aka Travis Bickle) is determined to make his name in Hollywood by proving that some stars really do sell their souls to the devil. (18,000 words; Time: 1h:00m)

Rating: Not Rated, No Speculative Element

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Commuter, by Thomas Mays

[Single]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Military Fantasy) Jack's daughter, Abby, forges his name on a permission slip and ends up stranded in Faerie. So he goes on a quest to fetch her back. (4,500 words; Time: 15m)


Space Raptor Butt Invasion, by Chuck Tingle

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★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

(SF Erotica) Lance dreads spending a year alone on a lifeless planetoid, so when an intelligent dinosaur drops in, he's happy to accommodate him. (4,500 words; Time: 15m)

Recommended By: 🏆Hugo+2 (Q&A)


If You Were An Award, My Love, by Juan Tabo and S. Harris

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(Satire) The narrator speaks to his politically-correct girlfriend as if she were a Hugo award. (772 words; Time: 02m)

Rating: Not Rated, No Speculative Element

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Fourth Fleet, by Russell Newquist

(Military SF) Pirates preying on shipping in the outer solar system keep evading capture with a mysterious stealth drive, but the US Space Navy is determined to get them. (7,998 words)

Rating: 2, Not recommended