Category Archives: Speculative Fiction

The Outsider

Does anyone remember that in 2002, Stephen King announced his retirement? Let’s just pause to think about that for a second. Even if you assume that From a Buick 8 and the Dark Tower books were already in the pipeline … Continue reading

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Daughters of the North/The Carhullan Army

A woman, who now goes by the name Sister, once lived in the town of Rith in northern England, but she escaped with a rucksack full of supplies and a working gun. Her goal was to find the Carhullan, a … Continue reading

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Version Control

This is a book of science fiction unlike pretty much any other I’ve read. The science fiction piece revolves around a causality violation device (it’s not a time machine!) and about the consequences of using it or not using it, … Continue reading

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Future Home of the Living God

Louise Erdrich’s latest is a departure from her usual stories of families and communities learning to live through the world as we know it. In this case, she imagines a young woman trying to live through a near-future world, a … Continue reading

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Horns

Ignatius Martin Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke the next morning with a headache, put his hands to his temples, and felt something unfamiliar, a pair of knotty, pointed protuberances. And there you have most … Continue reading

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Jane, Unlimited

I was drawn to Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore when Other Jenny said it was “Rebecca as a choose-your-own-adventure, by way of Diana Wynne Jones.” And… I’m not sure I can actually do much better than that for a 13-word … Continue reading

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Deep Secret

You would think, since I like Diana Wynne Jones so much, that I would have read more of her books. I was in the middle of Deep Secret (which Other Jenny heavily recommended to me years ago and I have … Continue reading

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Strange Weather

Joe Hill prefaces this collection of four novellas by saying that the novella is a wonderful form. It’s long enough to be really meaty and provide for depth of characterization, but short enough to be lean, and to demand that … Continue reading

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The Street of Crocodiles

I’ve had Bruno Schulz on the periphery of my reading for a long time. Lots of readers I like have mentioned him: John Crowley, Cynthia Ozick, China Miéville, and many more. He was a Polish writer from the provincial town … Continue reading

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Raven Stratagem

Earlier this year, I read Yoon Ha Lee’s novel Ninefox Gambit, on Other Jenny’s recommendation. I found it dense and difficult — Lee doesn’t exactly cosset his readers — but in the end, I found the combination of power, politics, … Continue reading

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