Gabino Iglesias Reviews Baby X by Kira Peikoff
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Baby X, Kira Peikoff (Crooked Lane 978-1-63910-633-2, $30.99, 336pp, hc) March 2024. Cover by Nicole Lecht. Kira Peikoff’s Baby X is a solid technothriller that feels very timely while also delivering great entertainment. At once a novel of big ideas that will satisfy fans of science fiction and a fast-paced narrative about crimes that might become a reality sooner rather than later, Baby X pulls readers into a future ...Read More ..read more
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Colleen Mondor Reviews Forgotten Sisters by Cynthia Pelayo
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Forgotten Sisters, Cynthia Pelayo (Thomas & Mercer 978-1-662-51391-6, $16.99, tp, 284pp) March 2024. Cover by Olga Grlic. Cynthia Pelayo’s Forgotten Sisters begins with a nightmare, then moves to a nuanced family history of sisters Jennie and Anna, who live in a historic bungalow on the Chicago River that was owned first by their grandparents, then their parents, and now is theirs to treasure and maintain. In the second chapter, ...Read More ..read more
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Niall Harrison Reviews Beyond the Light Horizon by Ken MacLeod
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Beyond the Light Horizon, Ken MacLeod (Orbit 978-0-356-51482-6, £10.99, 336 pp, tp) May 2024. Cover by Duncan Spilling. (Pyr 978-1-64506-066-6, $21.00, 336pp, tp) June 2024. Are Ken MacLeod novels realistic? Twenty-five years ago I would have said no. Reading the Fall Revolution series (1995-1999) as a teenager, part of the thrill (I see now) was the vivid granular depiction of a world that (I thought then) didn’t work that ...Read More ..read more
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Paul Di Filippo Reviews Echo of Worlds by M.R. Carey
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Echo of Worlds, M. R. Carey (Orbit 978-0316504690, trade paperback, 512pp, $19.99) June 2024 I pled for the author’s and publisher’s mercy in my review of the first captivating book in this series—Infinity Gate—begging for a quick sequel. Well, about fourteen months later, a reasonable interval, here we are. Prayers answered! I also mentioned then that Infinity Gate was billed as the first book in a series. ...Read More ..read more
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Liz Bourke Reviews The Knife and the Serpent by Tim Pratt
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The Knife and the Serpent, Tim Pratt (Angry Robot 978-1915202802, $18.99, 400pp, tp) June 2024. between Tim Pratt novels, I always forget just how unabashedly pulp he is as a writer. I say pulp as a compliment, not a criticism. Pratt has a gift for embracing the ridiculous and turning it into entertainment: playing the emotional field with seriousness while rolling around in weird and wacky SFFnal propositions. In ...Read More ..read more
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Ian Mond Reviews Rakesfall by Vajra Chandrasekera
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Rakesfall, Vajra Chandrasekera (Tordotcom 978-1-25084-768-3, $27.99, 304pp, hc) June 2024. To quote Tom Clancy (or was it Jeff Bezos?), it takes ten years to become an overnight success. I suspect Vajra Chandrasekera can relate. He spent a decade working on his craft, with short fiction published in various genre magazines and anthologies. Then, last year, Chandrasekera published his first novel, The Saint of Bright Doors, which immediately caught ...Read More ..read more
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Colleen Mondor Reviews The City of Stardust by Georgia Summers
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The City of Stardust, Georgia Summers (Redhook 978-0-316-56148-8, $29.00, hc, 352 pp) January 2024. The City of Stardust by Georgia Summers blends our recognizable world, mostly through the home of the Everly family in the English countryside, with the fictional city of Fidelis, a place of academics and magic that hides a horrific truth. (And that horror really is bad; we’re talking ritual-sacrifice-of-kidnapped-children kind of bad.) Violet Everly lives ...Read More ..read more
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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Forgotten Sisters Cynthia Pelayo
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Forgotten Sisters, Cynthia Pelayo (Thomas & Mercer 978-1-66251-391-6, $16.99, 303pp, tp) March 2024. Cover by Olga Grlic. Cynthia Pelayo has made a name for herself in horror by bringing to the table a mixture of horror, crime fiction, and folklore that always contains a dash of poetry and by telling stories that invariably take place in Chicago, a city that Pelayo always turns into a character in her work. ...Read More ..read more
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Paul Di Filippo Reviews Two Vancian Novels by Wm. Michael Mott
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Pulsifer: a Fable, Wm. Michael Mott (Splatterlight Press 978-1619474918, trade paperback, 306pp, $16.95) Jan 2024 Land of Ice, a Velvet Knife, Wm. Michael Mott (Splatterlight Press 978-1619474932, trade paperback, 306pp, $16.95) Feb 2024 It is very seldom—perhaps almost never—that one opens up one’s copy of the Sunday New York Times and discovers that the lead article in the Magazine section is devoted to a still-living author whose roots ...Read More ..read more
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Paul Di Filippo Reviews Ghost of the Neon God by T.R. Napper
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Ghost of the Neon God, T. R. Napper (Titan 978-1803368115, hardcover, 128pp, $17.99) June 2024 This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the publication of William Gibson’s Neuromancer, and, arguably, 1984 can serve as the birthday of the cyberpunk genre as well or better than any adjacent year. I think at this point, we can cease debating about the nature of cyberpunk, its utility and whether it’s here ...Read More ..read more
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