I don't remember what the first story I read by Michael Swanwick is. But I do remember the feeling I got as I read it. It's the same feeling I got when I first read stories by Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link and Lucius Shepard. That amazing, wow-this-is-talent feeling. Michael Swanwick is one of many authors … Continue reading The Wonderful World of Michael Swanwick
You should have read one of Ken Liu's stories by now. You really should. Ken Liu is one of the brightest new stars of the science fiction and fantasy fields. He's won all the awards and had stories in all the main magazines, often reprinted in "Best of" anthologies. So yeah, you should really have … Continue reading The Paper Menagerie – Book review
A mouse, a badger, an owl, a salamander a mole and stout.... walk into a bar. So begins Daniel Polansky's Novella The Builders, part of Tor.com's new novella imprint. The Story The description above is not a setup for a joke but the beginning of Daniel Polansky's awesome novella, The Builders. It tells the story of … Continue reading Wow! That Was Awesome! (The Builders book review)
The Last Policeman, along with its sequels, was the best thing I read in September. Here's a little about the book. The first of a trilogy, The Last Policeman tells the story of Henry Palace, a recently-promoted-to-detective cop in a small town in New Hampshire who is investigating a murder that most everyone else wants … Continue reading The Last Policeman – Book Review
I really like indie publishers, especially ones taking chances in these uncertain times. Undertow is one of my favorites, and they putting out nothing but quality. This is a chapbook from Undertow, These Last Embers by the very talented Simon Strantzas. This particular copy is signed copy by the author, copy 83 of only 200. … Continue reading These Last Embers, Book Recommendation (too bad it’s sold out).
Doctor Avrana Kern just wanted to save the human race. A space station orbits a terraformed planet, destinied to be humanity's new home. Aboard are some of the greatest scientific minds, including polymath Avrana Kern, whose life has been leading up to this moment, where a group of monkeys is to be delivered to the … Continue reading Book Review: Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
When the moon was out, you could be aware of all the pieces of night—you could see all the things you didn’t see during the day, all the subtle little fragments that the world uses to join its wholes. When you read on your Kindle, you can higlight passages you like. You know this, right? … Continue reading It´s Official: When We Were Animals is Sublime.
There are four Londons in this excellent fantasy by V.E. Schwab; Grey London is the normal Londob we all know and love, Red London is a London in another world, filled with magic and wonder, White London is a harsh place, full of wickedness and a stark desperation. And then there’s Black London, but we … Continue reading Book Review: V.E. Schwab´s A Darker Shade of Magic
I read a surprising amount of short stories every month. I have so many anthologies on my Kindle that it is positively bursting. The bus I take to work allows me to read a short story on the way to work and on the way back. Two short stories per day. These days I'm mostly working … Continue reading 3 of the Best Short Stories I’ve Read This September
As you should know, dear reader, I am a contributor to Bookriot. Every month, we write a mega-post where each contributor writes about the best book they read that month. Here are nine of the books I've picked in the last 12 months as my favorite that month. These books have the official Johann Thorsson … Continue reading A Year of Great Books (with a small baby-pause)