Category Archives: Book Review

 

  • A Psalm for the Wild-Built: The new novella series from Becky Chambers promises to take a new view of some classic SF ideas

  • Bluebird: Ciel Pierlot's debut novel is very impressive

  • Midnight Doorways: A collection of deeply creepy stories from Pakistan? Oh yes!

  • The White Room: Now there's a surprise, a new novel from Zoran Živković!

  • Rosebud: Paul Cornell finds hope on a very small scale

  • Story Matrices: Gillian Polack has thoughts on story construction

  • Age of Ash: A new fantasy series from one of Cheryl's favourite writers

  • These Lifeless Things: A very weird piece of post-apocalyptic fiction from Premee Mohamed

  • Bones and Stars: The new novel from Gareth L Powell is as gripping as we've come to expect

  • The Cuckoo Cage: History, social justice and superheroes combine in this new anthology from Comma Press

  • Alia Terra: An illustrated collection of stories based on Romanian folk tales

  • Prime Deceptions: The return of the psychic cats, and also Captain Eva Innocente

  • She Who Became the Sun: A book based on real history with strong gender themes? What's not to like?

  • Cyber Mage: Uh oh, those crazy Djinn are up to no good again. But do they understand the internet?

  • The Faerie Queene: It is over 400 years old, but does Spenser's epic poem have anything to say to modern fantasy?

  • Elder Race: Adrian Tchaikovsky channels Gene Wolfe in this clever novella

  • Servant Mage: In which Kate Elliott takes aim at some of the tropes of epic fantasy

  • Beyond the Hallowed Sky: Ken MacLeod's latest series is perfectly timed to re-ignite interest in Spaceport Glasgow

  • The Anthropocene Unconscious: Mark Bould demonstrates that literary criticism does not need to be dull and boring, with bonus sharknados.

  • The Memory Theater: The latest book from Karen Tidbeck returns to the weird world of The Gardens, and Augusta Prime is her usual, terrible self

  • The Necropolis Empire: Tim Pratt's latest series is a tie-in with a space opera strategy boardgame, not that you'd notice.

  • Deep Wheel Orcadia: Books by trans poets are all the rage these days, it seems. This one is written in the Orcadian dialect.

  • Spear: Nicola Griffith takes on Arthuriana. Cheryl approves.

  • Far From the Light of Heaven: The latest Tade Thompson novel is a murder mystery set in deep space

  • Upright Women Wanted: Sarah Gailey's Hugo Finalist novella suggests that in the post-apocalyptic future we will all need librarians

  • Light From Uncommon Stars: This SF&F debut by Ryka Aoki is one of Cheryl's favourite books of the year

  • The Ministry for the Future: A review of Kim Stanley Robinson's novel about resisting climate change, with bonus interview

  • The Past is Red: A review of Catherynne M Valente's novella, The Past is Red

  • A Spindle Splintered: Alix E Harrow's new novella is an imaginative take on the Sleeping Beauty story

  • A Fledgling Abiba: A novella about an African witch with a strange method flying

  • The Witness for the Dead: At last a new book set in the world of Katherine Addison's The Goblin Emperor

  • Chilling Effect: Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes is one of the finalists for this year's Arthur C Clarke Award

  • In the Watchful City: A strange and lyrical novella from S. Qiouyi Lu

  • Ife-Iyoku: A look at the winner of this year's Otherwise Award

  • Light Chaser: Two science fiction greats, one novella of epic scope

  • Occasional Views: The latest issue of Samuel R Delany's collected non-fiction has quite a bit to say about racism in the field

  • A Strange and Brilliant Light: A review of Eli Lee's debut novel, A Strange and Brilliant Light

  • William Blake vs The World: A review of John Higgs' recent biography of William Blake

  • Riot Baby: A review of Tochi Onyebuchi's Hugo Finalist novella, Riot Baby.

  • Worlds Apart: Cheryl has a new book out. Lots of other people are in it too.