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Alyssa Cole: A Princess in Theory

03 May 2018 · No Comments

When Naledi gets exaggeratedly polite emails about being a long-lost royal bride of an African nation she very reasonably assumes they’re a phishing/identity theft attempt, but it’s all true, and “A Princess in Theory” unspools like a modern take on a classic screwball comedies, with assumed identities, disastrous coincidences, palace intrigue, and even a bit [...]

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Tags: c-author · p-title · romance

Michael Bond: Paddington Here and Now

26 Aug 2012 · No Comments

Bond’s Paddington reminds me a smidge of Wodehouse’s Wooster in that after reading a few stories, the template is so nakedly obvious that you might almost think you could produce one yourself: Paddington, well intentioned but unpossessed of sound judgement, mishears and/or misconstrues something and acts foolishly. Dark looks are exchanged, cocoa is drunk, things [...]

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Tags: b-author · children's · p-title

Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Mars Trilogy

01 Apr 2012 · 1 Comment

I saw the John Carter movie (1/3 awesome, 2/3 slow,sappy,dumb/hard-to-follow) and wanted to revisit the original novel, mostly to see if there was quite as much time spent on the Earth backstory (answer: not by a long shot). But after reading A Princess of Mars I realized the John Carter film incorporated several major plot [...]

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Tags: b-author · fantasy · g-title · p-title · science fiction · w-title

Paul Maliszewski: Prayer and Parable

27 Nov 2011 · No Comments

The strongest stories in Maliszewski’s Prayer and Parable were terrific: precise and incisive. They reminded me a bit of David Foster Wallace in their exacting detail and preoccupation with the limitations of communication. Maliszewksi’s characters are frequently aware that something they just said came out wrong, or that there’s a “right” thing to say, which [...]

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Tags: m-author · p-title · short stories

L. Jagi Lamplighter: Prospero in Hell

26 Oct 2011 · No Comments

Like its predecessor, Prospero Lost, aspects of Prospero in Hell evoke other works — most prominently The Tempest and The Inferno, but Lamplighter’s squabbling, centuries-old, magic-wielding siblings recall both Gaiman and Zelazny — while remaining wholly its own thing. Prospero in Hell addresses some of the weaknesses that bothered me about the first volume. Narrator [...]

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Tags: fantasy · l-author · p-title

Philip Reeve : Predator’s Gold

30 Sep 2011 · No Comments

Mortal Engines left me so eager for more that I scoured all three bookshops in the town we were staying in for a copy of the sequel, Predator’s Gold, even though I suspected I was setting myself up for disappointment. Sequels aren’t usually as good, perhaps particularly in genre fiction, in part because the critical [...]

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Tags: p-title · r-author · science fiction · young adult

Vernor Vinge : The Peace War/Marooned in Realtime

06 Sep 2011 · No Comments

It seems a little odd that I never read anything of Vinge’s before; several of his books have won or been shortlisted for major SF words, and the second half of this volume — written way back in ‘86! — is apparently the first explicit reference to “technological singularity” in the modern sense — a [...]

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Tags: m-title · p-title · science fiction · v-author

Courtney Milan : Proof by Seduction

06 Jun 2011 · No Comments

I was a little slow to warm to Proof by Seduction, mostly because of a familiar complaint with historical fiction: the characters seemed more like 21st-century people than 19th-century people. They pay lip service to the strictures of class and breeding, but they’re fundamentally not as beholden to them as Georgette Heyer’s characters, let alone [...]

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Tags: historical · m-author · p-title · romance

Stephen Gallagher: Plots and Misadventures

08 Apr 2011 · No Comments

The twelve stories comprising Plots and Misadventures span nearly twenty years of Gallagher’s career and encompass horror, dark fantasy, noirish suspense, and dark science fiction. The newer material generally stuck me as among the strongest, a circumstance I’m always happy to report. The collection opens audaciously: the story “Little Dead Girl Singing,” which certainly sounds [...]

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Tags: fantasy · g-author · horror · p-title · science fiction · short stories · suspense

Eduardo Porter : The Price of Everything

21 Feb 2011 · No Comments

There are a lot of intriguing concepts in The Price of Everything, but I was bothered throughout by logic that seemed sloppy. But on the other hand, I mistrust my judgement a little bit because I had a vehement, irrational, negative emotional reaction to some of the book’s content.
Porter’s key concept is that [...]

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