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Is a Dark Delight
It’s tempting, when discussing a short story collection, to focus on the individual parts, but it’s an inadvisable approach when it comes to...
The Fight Comes Home for Mercy Thompson in
In an urban fantasy series as long-lived as Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson—which began with Moon Called in 2006, and recently reached its...
A Brightness Long Ago
Is a Fantasy Epic About the Shaping of History
I have a few of what I call “rainy day authors,” those writers whose works I savor; their books are so perfect and beautiful that I hold onto them...
eight legs better
Children of Ruin
, Adrian Tchaikovsky Shows Us How You Top Super-Intelligent Spiders in Space
Though Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time, reads like a brilliant standalone hard sci-fi masterpiece, given the reception it received—the Arthur...
Empire of Grass
Is a Melancholy Fantasy Epic
When Tad Williams first announced plans for a new trilogy returning to Osten Ard—the setting of his landmark Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy—after...
a city divided
Is a Genre-Bending Visit to a Magical Jazz-Age New York
They built the wall in 1914, and down the middle of Broadway in Manhattan. W.M. Akers’ debut novel Westside opens in this city divided, and on a young...
some kind of alchemy
Is a Coming-of-Age Story to End the World
Middlegame, the genre-blending new novel from prolific, bestselling, and much-awarded author Seanan McGuire, pivots on the realization of a long-running...
in dreams begin responsibilities
The Dystopian Satire
Argues it’s Time We All Wake Up
In China Dream, Ma Jian’s biting, surreal, and sometimes nightmarish satire of modern China, the past cannot be sanitized. The (semi-fictitious)...
from the ashes
After the Revolution:
Closes Lara Elena Donnelly’s Nebula-Nominated Amberlough Dossier
Amnesty, the final book of Lara Elena Donnelly’s Amberlough Dossier, returns to Gedda after the fall of the fascistic Ospies, picking up in that...
beyond the wall
Storm of Locusts
Is Even Better Than the Hugo-Nominated
Trail of Lightning
In concrete action, Rebecca Roanhorse’s Storm of Locusts begins similarly to its Hugo- and Nebula-nominated predecessor Trail of Lighting: with a...
they're good dogs bront
See the Apocalypse Through the Eyes of
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World
In the Talking Heads song “(Nothing but) Flowers” David Byrne playfully laments a world overtaken by nature: “This used to be real...
change changes you
Parable of the Sower
, Octavia Butler’s Tale of Hard-Won Hope, is Back in a New Edition
During my college years in the mid-1990s, I worked in a largely black neighborhood and frequently stopped in to a small, cluttered corner drugstore to pick...
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