We Are All of Us Entertained: A Review of The Spear Cuts Through Water by Simon Jimenez

We Are All of Us Entertained: A Review of The Spear Cuts Through Water by Simon Jimenez Karlo Yeager Rodriguez Under Review:The Spear Cuts Through Water, Simon Jimenez. Del Rey, August 2022. Reading a novel that adopts the structures and cadences of both theater and oral storytelling, with shifting perspectives and voices adding to the … Continue reading We Are All of Us Entertained: A Review of The Spear Cuts Through Water by Simon Jimenez

Mechanics of Speculation: Review of Cameron Kunzelman’s The World Is Born From Zero

Mechanics of Speculation: Review of Cameron Kunzelman's The World Is Born From Zero Eric Stein Under Review:The World is Born from Zero: Understanding Speculation and Video Games. Cameron Kunzelman. De Gruyter Oldenbourg, July 2022. The eighth volume in De Gruyter's Video Games and the Humanities series, Cameron Kunzelman's The World Is Born From Zero is … Continue reading Mechanics of Speculation: Review of Cameron Kunzelman’s The World Is Born From Zero

How to Be Happy Wherever You Are: A Review of Kelly Robson’s High Times in the Low Parliament

How to Be Happy Wherever You Are: A Review of Kelly Robson’s High Times in the Low Parliament Amber Troska Under Review:High Times in the Low Parliament. Kelly Robson. Tordotcom Publishing, August 2022. Stoner and slacker comedies are not my favorite kind of humor. I like them just fine, but they’re often similar in a … Continue reading How to Be Happy Wherever You Are: A Review of Kelly Robson’s High Times in the Low Parliament

Do Lyctors Dream of Undead Dykes? Review of Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Do Lyctors Dream of Undead Dykes? Review of Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir Sam Botz Under Review:Nona the Ninth. Tamsyn Muir. Tordotcom Publishing, September 13, 2022. As countless reviewers before me have observed, it is devilishly difficult to describe Tamsyn Muir’s Locked Tomb series to the uninitiated. Yes, they feature lesbian necromancers in space, … Continue reading Do Lyctors Dream of Undead Dykes? Review of Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Genre Misbehaving: Review of Michael Cisco’s Weird Fiction: A Genre Study

Genre Misbehaving: Review of Michael Cisco's Weird Fiction: A Genre Study Alison Sperling Under Review:Weird Fiction: A Genre Study. Michael Cisco. Palgrave MacMillan, February 2022. Michael Cisco’s 336-page Weird Fiction: A Genre Study is not only an intensive look at the qualities of the weird, it exposes what weird fiction does to the concept of … Continue reading Genre Misbehaving: Review of Michael Cisco’s Weird Fiction: A Genre Study

Being Meat: Review of Tom Tyler’s Game: Animals, Video Games, and Humanity

Being Meat: Review of Tom Tyler’s Game: Animals, Video Games, and Humanity Eric Stein Under Review:Game: Animals, Video Games, and Humanity. Tom Tyler. University of Minnesota Press, May 2022. To talk about Tom Tyler’s Game: Animals, Video Games, and Humanity, we need to talk about meat. Indeed, if Tyler’s final chapter is to be taken … Continue reading Being Meat: Review of Tom Tyler’s Game: Animals, Video Games, and Humanity

A Ship is a Dream of Whispers: A Review of Eversion by Alastair Reynolds

A Ship is a Dream of Whispers: A Review of Eversion by Alastair Reynolds Daniel A. Rabuzzi Under Review:Eversion. Alastair Reynolds. Orbit, August 2, 2022. In Eversion, his twentieth novel, Alastair Reynolds interleaves reflections on selfhood, agency, and the possibilities of narrative within a cracking yarn of nautical adventure and a mysterious edifice. The titular … Continue reading A Ship is a Dream of Whispers: A Review of Eversion by Alastair Reynolds

Fantastical Acceptance: A Review of A Strange and Stubborn Endurance

Fantastical Acceptance: A Review of A Strange and Stubborn Endurance Misha Grifka Wander Under Review:A Strange and Stubborn Endurance. Foz Meadows. Tor Books, July 26, 2022. One of the thrills of writing fantasy is making worlds unlike our own—worlds where, for instance, queerness is commonplace and people have the guaranteed right to declare their own … Continue reading Fantastical Acceptance: A Review of A Strange and Stubborn Endurance

Hollow Bones: A Review of Alan Heathcock’s 40

Hollow Bones: A Review of Alan Heathcock’s 40 hvnly Under Review:40. Alan Heathcock. MCD, August 2, 2022. As a freshman in college, shouting to be heard in the bowels of a fraternity, I began the first round in an endless argument that has continued, with waxing and waning regularity, ever since. The specifics change, but … Continue reading Hollow Bones: A Review of Alan Heathcock’s 40

Life in the Future: Plants, Children, and More in Sim Kern’s Real Sugar is Hard to Find

Life in the Future: Plants, Children, and More in Sim Kern’s Real Sugar is Hard to Find Misha Grifka Under Review:Real Sugar Is Hard To Find. Sim Kern. Android Press, August 1. I read the first story in Sim Kern’s Real Sugar Is Hard to Find, and had to put the book down and walk … Continue reading Life in the Future: Plants, Children, and More in Sim Kern’s Real Sugar is Hard to Find