Category Archives: Speculative Fiction

The Wee Free Men / A Hat Full of Sky

Just a week after deciding she wanted to be a witch, nine-year-old Tiffany Aching had her first chance to test her powers when she spotted a group of six-inch-tall men being chased up the river by a green-haired creature with … Continue reading

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Beasts

Beasts is the second novel I read this summer in Otherwise, the omnibus collection of John Crowley’s three early works. It pictures our own near-future world, in which resources are scarce and politics have taken a drastic shift. One of … Continue reading

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The Deep

I’ve now read almost all of John Crowley’s novels, all but Four Freedoms, as well as his collection of short fiction, Novelties and Souvenirs. I think he’s a truly great writer. He is purely original — none of his books … Continue reading

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The Gone-Away World

I’m in a dilemma, and I blame Jeanne, the non-necromancer, almost entirely. My problem is this: Jeanne read Nick Harkaway’s stunningly great book The Gone-Away World years ago, and has been steadily plugging along at convincing the rest of us … Continue reading

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The Passion of New Eve

Evelyn is an Englishman in a violent, rat-infested New York, a city nothing like his dreams: The first thing I saw when I came out of the Air Terminal was, in a shop window, an obese plaster gnome squatly perched … Continue reading

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Among Others

Jo Walton’s Among Others is the 1979 diary of Mori, a 15-year-old Welsh girl. As we gradually pick up bits of her history (because who would write down an entire narrative in a private diary?), we learn that she and … Continue reading

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By Blood We Live

By Blood We Live is the third in Glen Duncan’s massively entertaining, literate, philosophical, funny, heart-stoppingly suspenseful, sexy trilogy about vampires and werewolves. (You can find here on this very site my reviews of The Last Werewolf and Talulla Rising.) … Continue reading

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Doll Bones

I’ve been seeing reviews of Holly Black’s books here and there on blogs I like (Jeanne likes her, for instance), and I’m fairly sure that it was Ana’s review of Doll Bones that finally tipped me over the pick-it-up-at-the-library edge. … Continue reading

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Black Juice

After I’ve had a bad experience with an author, it’s rare that I’ll return to read more. The world is so full of a number of things, it takes a lot of persuasion to convince me that I just read … Continue reading

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The Explorer

Journalist Cormac Easton is entirely and completely alone, and he’s going to die. The spaceship he’s on has malfunctioned, and his crew mates are dead. “They died one by one, falling off like there was a checklist,” Cormac writes. There … Continue reading

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