October 2, 2018 at 12:45 am | Posted in Book Reviews, Elsewhere, Fantasy, Short Stories, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

thenewvoicesoffantasy-333x500A little over six months ago, Strange Horizons posted my review of Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman’s anthology The New Voices in Fantasy. Besides of course discussing the stories themselves, I try to figure out what makes a story genre fantasy or mainstream. Then, for an encore, I muse about why fantasy short stories are less distinctive than novels.


Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald

April 15, 2016 at 11:01 am | Posted in Book Reviews, Elsewhere, Science Fiction, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

luna-new-moon.jpgUnfortunately I haven’t had time lately to review books I’ve been reading on this blog, but I’m still alive and, as ever, hoping to get back to writing more here in the future. In the meantime, Strange Horizons has published my review of Ian McDonald’s Luna: New Moon.

Half the World and Half a War by Joe Abercrombie

September 29, 2015 at 11:31 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Half the World coverLast week, Strange Horizons published my combined review of the second and third books in Joe Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea trilogy.

If you like my reviews, then you probably like Strange Horizons reviews as well. Not just because a few of them are written by me, but because my approach to reviewing is very similar to what we might call the house style at Strange Horizons. That’s not a coincidence, either. As a quick jaunt through this site’s archives will quickly show, I spent years writing bare bones capsule reviews. Reading Strange Horizons reviews, and the blogs of frequent SH reviewers like Abigail Nussbaum and Adam Roberts, was a direct influence on how I write today.

Half a War coverI mention this now because Strange Horizons isn’t supported by subscriptions or advertisements. Each year they do a fund drive to pay for next years content. The extremely hard-working staff are, sadly, not paid–the money goes to the contributing writers. This year’s fund drive is well under way, so if you read Strange Horizons but haven’t donated, I hope you’ll consider it.

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