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Horror Collection Wounds Is a Dark Delight

the descent

Horror Collection Wounds 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 Storm Cursed

which witch

The Fight Comes Home for Mercy Thompson in Storm Cursed

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

making history

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...
In Children of Ruin, Adrian Tchaikovsky Shows Us How You Top Super-Intelligent Spiders in Space

eight legs better

In 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...
Tad Williams’ Empire of Grass Is a Melancholy Fantasy Epic

history unraveling

Tad Williams’ 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...
Westside Is a Genre-Bending Visit to a Magical Jazz-Age New York

a city divided

Westside 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...
Middlegame Is a Coming-of-Age Story to End the World

some kind of alchemy

Middlegame 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...
The Dystopian Satire China Dream Argues it’s Time We All Wake Up

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The Dystopian Satire China Dream 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)...
After the Revolution: Amnesty Closes Lara Elena Donnelly’s Nebula-Nominated Amberlough Dossier

from the ashes

After the Revolution: Amnesty 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...
Sequel Storm of Locusts Is Even Better Than the Hugo-Nominated Trail of Lightning

beyond the wall

Sequel 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...
See the Apocalypse Through the Eyes of A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World

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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...
Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler’s Tale of Hard-Won Hope, is Back in a New Edition

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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