The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe is told in Lovecraft’s world, though a world where the cosmic horror is not mysterious and threatening but familiar and, erm, threatening.
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 […]
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 […]
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? […]
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 […]
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 […]
I just finished Ryan Holiday’s Trust Me, I’m Lying, and have lost my faith in the news. Sorry… no photos of Kate Middleton here, nude or otherwise. The title is created in the spirit of Trust Me, I’m Lying, which is about the way we are tricked into clicking links to stories with little or […]
Dreams of Dust* is a collection of science fiction and fantasy stories by Jeff Shelton Davies. It contains three stories, all rather long short stories (is that novellas? Novellettes?) The first story, Devil Come-A-Calling, is a dark fantasy that takes place in a wild-west setting. Jeff pulls the setting, tone and atmosphere off very well, […]