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

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)


How I Came to Write Fantasy, by Michael Libling

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Modern Epic Fantasy) At 19, the narrator fled a failed romance and made a friend who claimed to be chasing the same girl for 400 years. (10,862 words; Time: 36m)

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


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Quantum Theory, by James Gunn

[Asimov's]
★★☆☆☆

(AI Fantasy) The world’s first quantum computer becomes intelligent and starts hassling the intern who was supposed to be watching it. (1,811 words; Time: 06m)


Inside the Body of Relatives, by Octavia Cade

[Asimov's]
★★★☆☆

(SF Drama) A senior citizen in declining health fights with the house AI which wants him/her to seek out human companionship. (3,729 words; Time: 12m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘STomaino+1 (Q&A)


Cloud, by Michael Swanwick

[Asimov's]
★★☆☆☆

(Slipstream) A young man meets his fiancΓ©e’s family at a party where people seem to be a little insubstantial. (3,282 words; Time: 10m)


Christmas Truce, by Harry Turtledove

[Asimov's]
★★★☆☆

(Alternate History) During the Christmas Truce early in World War I, a young Adolph Hitler has to deliver a message. (3,536 words; Time: 11m)


SeeApp, by James Van Pelt

[Asimov's]
★★★★☆ Interesting, Tense, Rewarding

(Uncanny Horror) A janitor wonders if he should trust an app answers questions no one could know the answers to. Especially when that app suggests someone may be about to stage a school shooting. (8,062 words; Time: 26m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘STomaino+1 (Q&A)


The River of Blood and Wine, by Kali Wallace

[Asimov's]
★★★★☆ Evocative and Moving

(Colony SF) Twenty-seven-year-old Sunan returns to the world of his birth to make his peace in the last days before the colony is evacuated. And to find something that must not be left behind. (7,804 words; Time: 26m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘STomaino+2 (Q&A)


Selfless, by James Patrick Kelly

[Asimov's]
★★★☆☆

(Horror) Joseph shifts from one personality to another depending on the context, but the most dangerous is the empty personality. (7,796 words; Time: 25m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘STomaino+1 (Q&A)


Commander Amanda, by R. Garcia y Robertson

[Asimov's]
★★★☆☆

(Space Opera Humor; The Family) A teenage resistance commander fights an AI that’s infected one of her ships with both a computer virus and an Ebola virus. (17,642 words; Time: 58m)

This is a cute little adventure story, but you have to have read the previous installments to make much sense out of it.

The Disintegration Loops, by Ray Nayler

[Asimov's]
★★★☆☆

(Alternate History) In a 1956 America where Roosevelt is still president and life has been transformed by alien technology discovered before the war, a very special investigator looks into a murder. (9,226 words; Time: 30m)