Monatsarchiv: November 2015

A Fantasy Medley 3 • 2015 • Fantasy story anthology by Yanni Kuznia

★★★1/2 Three of the four stories in this anthology are part of series. It was interesting to compare authors‘ choices how much introduction new readers would need – and thus duplicating well known elements from other stories in the series, … Weiterlesen

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One Hundred Ablutions • 2015 • Fantasy novelette by Jacqueline Carey

★★★★ Dala is a young woman who was chosen to be a slave for a dominant alien race. The only task she has is to carry water for her master family so that they can perform their daily ritual cleansing. … Weiterlesen

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The Death of Aiguillon • 2015 • Fantasy novelette by Aliette de Bodard

★★★★ Some 60 years before The House of Shattered Wings, this story follows Huyen, formerly known as Heloise, as she tries to make her life during wartime without the support of her former House and the magical protection of the Fallen. She … Weiterlesen

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Ashes • 2015 • Fantasy short story by Laura Bickle

★★★ Arson investigator Anya Kalinczyk is working in Detroit Fire Department, more on the magical side than in the regular world. This time, she fights together with her salamander familiar Sparky, and Hades’ Charon a destructive fire elemental, the Nain Rouge, during the … Weiterlesen

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Goddess at the Crossroads • 2015 • Fantasy short story by Kevin Hearne

★★   Druid Atticus O’Sullivan tells a short adventure at a campfire to his disciple and his faithful dog: Shakespeare needed inspiration for his Scottish play, aka Macbeth. Together, they found some witches in the woods outside of London right … Weiterlesen

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The Chapel Perilous • 2013 • Fantasy novelette by Kevin Hearne

★★★ Very entertaining retake of 6th century Sir Gawain’s quest for the grail – this time with a druid Atticus O’Sullivan – the Iron Druid series hero – as knight, and a necromantic pict laying waste to the Fisher King’s … Weiterlesen

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Life’s a Game • 2015 • Near SF short story by Charles Stross

★★★ Game developer MacDonald is suspected of a crime and talks in several interview sessions about his background. He only wanted people to have fun with his social games which datamines your social media and automatically assigns you to clans of … Weiterlesen

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Binti • 2015 • SF Fantasy novella by Nnedi Okorafor

★★★1/2 Binti is a talented 17 year old girl in Namibia who sneakes off her village without the consent of her relatives to study mathematics at the prestigiuous Oomza Uni at some distant planet. She has never left her village before and her folk, … Weiterlesen

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Boxes • 2015 • Near SF short story by Nick Harkaway

★★★ Tanya and Teddy are an elder pair who signed up for a monitoring service enhanced by the titular Boxes – cyberorganic systems which enhance brain functionality. When Teddy dies, Tanya finds an afterglow of his life in his Box. … Weiterlesen

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Her Smoke Rose Up Forever • 1990 • SF Collection by James Tiptree, Jr.

★★★★★ James Tiptree, Jr. was praised as the male voice of feminism back in the 70s before fandom blew up the cover and exposed writer Alice Sheldon behind this pen-name. What a fascinating life! The author was a high ranked officer … Weiterlesen

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