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The Shining Girls

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Last night, I finished reading Lauren Beukes’ The Shining Girls, which has been much-discussed this year. It’s quite good. Good enough that there was some stuff about it that I felt like talking about. There will be spoilers, natch. 2013 appears to be the year in which people publish books about supernatural serial killers and [...]

Ancillary Justice

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

I want to talk about ann_leckie‘s debut novel, Ancillary Justice, out this week. And I’m going to try to do it without spoiling anything. Make no mistake: this is a very good novel by any standard, and by the standard of first novels, it’s exceptional. It’s ambitious, genuinely science-fictional (in the space-opera rather than the mundane-sf [...]

In which I talk about some more books by my friends.

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

So this week is Book Day for a certain Seanan McGuire (Discount Armageddon), and last week was Book Day for a certain Amanda Downum (The Kingdoms of Dust), and a month ago was Book Day for one Jodi Meadows  (Incarnate). And as it happens, I have some opinions on their books, and it seemed like a good [...]

So. Red Seas Under Red Skies, which is a book title I wish I’d thought of.

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

There will be spoilers! If anything, I think on a sentence level, the writing in this book is even stronger than in the previous one, and a lot of the emotional through-lines are stronger. The characters are better-developed in their emotions and loyalties, and it’s nice to see Jean and Locke’s relationship complicated by internal [...]

In which I totally talk about my boyfriend’s books…

Friday, February 10th, 2012

So, for reasons of my own****, this week in the fog of post-novel ennui I sat down to reread the two published novels by that boy I like, for the first time since their respective releases. The good news is, I still like ‘em. And I stand by everything I said about them back in [...]

Throne of the Crescent Moon

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Being a review of sorts of a debut novel, Saladin Ahmed’s Throne of the Crescent Moon (Daw, February 7 2012) As this is one of the other determinedly non-Western fantasies coming out this year, of course I had a vested interest in it. This promising debut offers a glimpse of a dusty and wonderful fantasy city through the [...]

The Drowning Girl

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Being a review of sorts of Caitlìn R. Kiernan’s The Drowning Girl: A Memoir (Penguin-Putnam, March 6 2012). Kiernan has long explored themes of the malleability of identity, of the numinous in everyday life. In The Drowning Girl, she gives us modern-day Providence through the eyes of a young woman who suffers from schizophrenia: the [...]