Heaven Can Wait: A Review of Even Though I Knew the End

Heaven Can Wait: A Review of Even Though I Knew the End Jeremy Brett Under Review:Even Though I Knew the End. C.L. Polk. Tordotcom, November 2022. C.L. Polk’s fiction is deeply concerned with the societal, psychological, and personal costs of magic, and the ways in which magic and social inequalities interact. In her 3-novel Kingston … Continue reading Heaven Can Wait: A Review of Even Though I Knew the End

Investigator Outsider: Exploring the Off-Kilter World of Robert Freeman Wexler’s The Silverberg Business

Investigator Outsider: Exploring the Off-Kilter World of Robert Freeman Wexler’s The Silverberg Business Melissa Benton Barker Under Review:The Silverberg Business. Robert Freeman Wexler. Small Beer Press, August 2022. Sometime in 1888, a private investigator, Shannon, returns home to coastal Texas for what he assumes will be a quick visit. He is soon called upon to … Continue reading Investigator Outsider: Exploring the Off-Kilter World of Robert Freeman Wexler’s The Silverberg Business

Out of the Fog of Memory: A Review of The Moonday Letters by Emmi Itäranta

Out of the Fog of Memory: A Review of The Moonday Letters by Emmi Itäranta Niall Harrison Under Review:The Moonday Letters. Emmi Itäranta. Titan Books, July 2022. In the home stretch of Emmi Itäranta's resonant new novel, one of the diegetic chapter epigraphs provides an introduction to Fog, a synthetic cannabinoid approximately a thousand times … Continue reading Out of the Fog of Memory: A Review of The Moonday Letters by Emmi Itäranta

What We Can Know about Alan Moore: A Review of Illuminations

What We Can Know about Alan Moore: A Review of Illuminations Alex Kingsley Under Review:Illuminations. Alan Moore. Bloomsbury, October 2022. Alan Moore is best known as the creator of Watchmen and V for Vendetta, both comic book series popularized by their film adaptations. Watchmen explores the idea of state-sponsored superheroes, whereas V for Vendetta has … Continue reading What We Can Know about Alan Moore: A Review of Illuminations

Marvelous Flights: A Review of When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

Marvelous Flights: A Review of When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill Jeremy Brett Under Review:When Women Were Dragons. Kelly Barnhill. Doubleday Books, May 2022. Some women already resemble dragons, it seems to me – fierce, desiring to fly free, too big to be ignored – but here comes Kelly Barnhill with her new novel … Continue reading Marvelous Flights: A Review of When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

Double the Hustle: A Review of The Sleepless by Victor Manibo

Double the Hustle: A Review of The Sleepless by Victor Manibo Alexander Pyles Under Review:The Sleepless, Victor Manibo. Erewhon, August 2022. Science fiction is never about the future, in the same way history is rarely about the past: they're both parable formats for examining or commenting on the present. A. A. Gill This sentiment of … Continue reading Double the Hustle: A Review of The Sleepless by Victor Manibo

A Jewish Gothic Family Saga: A Review of Emily Bergslien and Kat Weaver’s Uncommon Charm

A Jewish Gothic Family Saga: A Review of Emily Bergslien and Kat Weaver’s Uncommon Charm Valerie Estelle Frankel Under Review:Uncommon Charm, Emily Bergslien & Kat Weaver. Neon Hemlock, May 2022. Besides being clever and punchy, recent fantasy has been light and snappy. Novellas and novelettes are filling the shelves and entertaining with quick, quirky reads … Continue reading A Jewish Gothic Family Saga: A Review of Emily Bergslien and Kat Weaver’s Uncommon Charm

The Market Will Not Save Us: Review of The Value of a Whale by Adrienne Buller

The Market Will Not Save Us: Review of The Value of a Whale: On the Illusions of Green Capitalism by Adrienne Buller Chad A. Hines Under Review:The Value of a Whale: On the Illusions of Green Capitalism. Adrienne Buller. Manchester University Press, October 4 2022. If you were trapped in a burning building, you wouldn’t … Continue reading The Market Will Not Save Us: Review of The Value of a Whale by Adrienne Buller

Monumental Muting: A Review of Mat Johnson’s Invisible Things

Monumental Muting: A Review of Mat Johnson’s Invisible Things Jeremy Brett Under Review:Invisible Things, Mat Johnson. One World, June 2022. One recurring lesson in science fiction is the realization—in all its sadness and its joy—that we take into outer space everything that makes us who and what we are, everything that makes us human. Space … Continue reading Monumental Muting: A Review of Mat Johnson’s Invisible Things

The Novelist as Conceptual Artist: A Review of The Famous Magician by César Aira

The Novelist as Conceptual Artist: A Review of The Famous Magician by César Aira Matthew Eatough Under Review:The Famous Magician, César Aira. Translated by Chris Andrews. New Directions, September 2022. The Argentine writer César Aira’s latest novel to be translated into English, The Famous Magician, begins with a Faustian proposal: Given the chance, would you … Continue reading The Novelist as Conceptual Artist: A Review of The Famous Magician by César Aira