The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories is a collection of short stories, most of which are set in the same world as Susanna Clarke’s novel, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. If you’re not familiar with the novel (or the BBC TV adaptation), it takes place in late 18th-, early 19th-century England and features … Continue reading Review of The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke
Remnant Population tells the story of a woman who stays behind on an alien world when all of her fellow humans abandon a failed colony. Imagine the love-child of Robinson Crusoe and Enemy Mine with Ursula K. LeGuin acting as midwife and you’ll get some idea as to what to expect from Remnant Population. There … Continue reading Review: Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon
The Black Tides of Heaven by J. Y. Yang The Black Tides of a Heaven is a fantasy novella set in a medieval pseudo-China where magic, monsters and gunpowder co-exist. So far, so good. The story starts by following twins, Mokoya and Akeha, who are unwanted by their empress-mother and gifted to a monastery to … Continue reading Review: The Black Tides of Heaven
Mapping the Interior is a horror novel in the vein of Stephen King. In other words, it's disturbing, fantastical, psychological and compelling. Set somewhere in the American midwest, the story is told by Junior, a young, Native American boy who is trying to make sense of his dead father's nightly visits. Given that Junior is twelve-years … Continue reading Review: Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones
At last, a post that actually relates to the fantasy and science fiction theme of my blog! I picked up this book a short time ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's fantasy-meets-steam-punk with free diving, surreal visions of a dream-world, child warriors who channel demons before going into battle, magicians who feed off their own … Continue reading Review: The Goddess Project by Bryan Wigmore
The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges, trans. Into English by Norman Thomas di Giovanni. Detail of a manticore, available at The Public Domain Review This is a curious book. First, it is a non-fiction account of entirely fictional subjects. How do librarians and marketers even begin to deal with that? I mean, … Continue reading When does fiction become non-fiction? When it’s by Borges.
Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Alien Intelligence by Peter Godfrey-Smith Okay, this is non-fiction so, once again, I’m doing an excellent job of targeting my audience. That said, give this book a chance! As Godfrey-Smith himself says, the octopus presents us with the closest thing to truly alien intelligence that we’ve ever … Continue reading Review of Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Alien Intelligence