Monatsarchiv: März 2016

Dream of Distant Shores • 2016 • Fantasy Collection by Patricia A. McKillip

★★★ Back in the 80s, I read McKillip’s Riddlemaster of Hed trilogy. Since then, I completely lost contact with the works of this wonderful author. So, I was drawn to this brand-new collection from Tachyon Publishing, as I wanted to … Weiterlesen

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Something Rich and Strange • 1994 • Magic realism novel by Patricia A. McKillip

★★ Synopsis The two lovers Megan and Jonah live in a coastal Oregon town. Megan is an artist specialized in drawing ocean sites and tide pools, she sells her art in Jonah’s craft shop. Suddenly, Megan puts elements into her drawings unconsciously … Weiterlesen

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Which Witch • 2012 • Urban Fantasy short story by Patricia A. McKillip

★★★ Synopsis Three witches form a rock band. One of the witches, Hazel, recently was found by her familiar raven Cawley. Cawley wants to warn Hazel and her friends of some dark creature, but they don’t understand each others language … Weiterlesen

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The Gorgon in the Cupboard • 2004 • Fantasy novella by Patricia A. McKillip

★★★★ Synopsis Victorian painter Harry Waterman tries desperately to find muse, model and topic for his masterwork. His Persephone wasn’t finished, because the model ran away. His friend’s wife would be a dream model but she is not blocked by … Weiterlesen

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The Litigation Master and the Monkey King • 2013 • Historical fiction novelette by Ken Liu

★★★★ The historical fiction starts light, even funny: The protagonist Tian Haoli works as a kind of trickster lawyer, helping the illiterate small folks through the labyrinthic and corrupt ways of the Emperor’s courts. The author’s background in law schools … Weiterlesen

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A Brief History of the Trans-Pacific Tunnel • 2013 • Alternate history short story by Ken Liu

★★★ Synopsis After WWI, the U.S. and Japanese goverments decide to build a tunnel under the Pacific Ocean, bridging the two continents, mitigating effects of the Great Depression. It completely changes the course of history: There is no WWII, the Japanese … Weiterlesen

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All the Flavors • 2012 • Silkpunk novella by Ken Liu

★★★ Synopsis A group of Chinese gold miners arrives in Idaho City after the Civil War. The landlord’s daughter gets to like them (though not the cooked dog), their songs and stories about Guan Yu, the Chinese God of War, which is woven … Weiterlesen

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The Man Who Ended History • 2011 • Time travel novella by Ken Liu

★★★★+ Synopsis Some scientific invention makes it possible to virtually travel back in time and witness historical events. But it is only possible to witness it once from the same perspective, because the process eats up the record. The inventor … Weiterlesen

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Mono no aware • 2012 • SF short story by Ken Liu

★★★★★ Synopsis Hiroto, now the last of Japanese people, has to leave Earth on a rescuing spaceship, because a huge asteroid is about to invoke armageddon. The spaceship is built in a hurry, should last a couple of generations but soon … Weiterlesen

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The Waves • 2012 • Post-humanity novelette by Ken Liu

★★+ Synopsis A space-ship’s crew arrives on 61 Virginis after travelling to their destination for four hundred years. The member’s were able to choose if they wanted to take a genetical treatment which will make them immortal. But the space ship’s … Weiterlesen

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