Archiv der Kategorie: Fantasy

Red as Blood and White as Bone • 2016 • Fairy tale novelette by Theodora Goss

★★ Three stories in one: First one is a predictable fairy tale of the sort „grant my wish, old lady of the woods“ set in some Eastern country (somewhere around Hungary or Bulgaria, but not entirely clear) just before WWII. … Weiterlesen

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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eleven • 2017 • SF&F anthology by Jonathan Strahan

Summary: 28 stories spread over some 600 pages. I’m going to review a couple of those stories (leaving out the horror settings as usual) in the next weeks. Already the first one from Valente is terrifically great. Contents: 17 • ★★★★ • The Future is Blue • … Weiterlesen

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2016 Locus Recommended Reading List

At the start of each year, Locus publishes a consensus list from several editors (like Dozois, Strahan, Horton, Clarke,…) a list of recommended readings of the last year. Here is the one for 2016: 2016 Locus Recommended Reading List I … Weiterlesen

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2016 Nebula Nominees Announced: Novels, Novellas, Novelettes, Short Stories

The 2016 Nebula Award Nominees have been announced! Voting has just started, winners will be announced May 18th, 2017. All the nominees from short to long (links in the title lead to online versions): Nominees for Best Short Story Our … Weiterlesen

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Two’s Company • 2016 • Fantasy short story by Joe Abercrombie

★★★ A story from the world of First Law: Two very amusing women remniescent of Fafhrd (Javre) and Grey Mouser (Shev) meet Cracknut Whirrun (hurray, he’s here again!) like Robin Hood met Little John on the middle of a bridge. Of course, … Weiterlesen

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Spinning Silver • 2016 • Fairy Tale novelette by Naomi Novik

★★★ Rumpelstilzchen is one of those famous fairy tales collected by the Grimm Brothers in a region some 100km from the place where I live. They were raised up some 40km from here. So yes, this is Grimm’s country. I’m … Weiterlesen

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The Future is Blue • 2016 • SF novelette by Catherynne M. Valente

★★★★ Social outcast girl Tetley lives on a patch of garbage arranged as a living habitat which drifts around on the ocean. Dry land is a myth which people hope for reaching. The young girl has done something which allows … Weiterlesen

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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Ten • 2016 • SF&F anthology by Jonathan Strahan

Summary: 27 stories spread over some 600 pages, inluding a couple of novellas. Contents: 17 ★★★ • Black Dog • ghost story by Neil Gaiman from American Gods setting • review 53 ★★★ • City of Ash • CliFi short story by Paolo Bacigalupi • review 59 ★★★★ • Jamaica Ginger • Steampunk short story … Weiterlesen

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The Lily and the Horn • 2015 • Fantasy short story by Catherynne M. Valente

★★★+ Wars aren’t fought anymore outside in the battlefield by armies of strong warriors. Instead, they are decided by depudies. Not outside, but inside: Both sides at one dining table, and the first to die poisoned looses. This civilization has … Weiterlesen

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Blood, Ash, Braids • 2015 • Alternate History short story by Genevieve Valentine

★★★★   The 588th in an alternate reality version of a World War II-era Soviet squadron consists of female pilots only. Their task is to terrorize the Germans by flying planes with silenced engines sounding like brooms. That is why the Germans call … Weiterlesen

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