BOOK REVIEW: FOXLOWE, BY ELEANOR WASSERBERG (2016)

In China Miéville's door-stopping fantasy novel Perdido Street Station, the scientist Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin becomes obsessed with understanding the mechanics of flight. He puts the word out that he's looking for anything that flies: "I want birds, insects, bats... also eggs, also cocoons, also grubs, anything that is going to turn into a flying thing. … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: FOXLOWE, BY ELEANOR WASSERBERG (2016)

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BOOK REVIEW: THIS ONE SUMMER, BY MARIKO AND JILLIAN TAMAKI (2014)

Some works of art are so delicate, so simple in their beauty, that any words you use to describe them feel clumsy and oafish in comparison. But you want to tell other people about them, so they too will experience them and fall in love with them. And it's hard to tell people about stuff … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: THIS ONE SUMMER, BY MARIKO AND JILLIAN TAMAKI (2014)

BOOK REVIEW: HUMAN ACTS, BY HAN KANG, TRANSLATED BY DEBORAH SMITH (2017)

I read the final 60 pages of Human Acts at the circus. I'd accompanied my wife at a handstand class, and as I waited for it to be finished, all around me people were doing the most shocking things with their bodies. Squeezing their toes, tensing their feet, stretching their arms, faces reddening with effort, veins … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: HUMAN ACTS, BY HAN KANG, TRANSLATED BY DEBORAH SMITH (2017)

BOOK REVIEW: A TASTE OF HONEY, BY KAI ASHANTE WILSON (2016)

A man is taking a tame cheetah for a nightly walk when a foreign soldier calls out, "Hey beautiful!" So begins Kai Ashante Wilson's A Taste of Honey, a Tor.com novella that's just been nominated for a Hugo Award. Like three of Wilson's previous stories--Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, Super Bass, and Légendaire--A Taste of Honey is … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: A TASTE OF HONEY, BY KAI ASHANTE WILSON (2016)

BOOK REVIEW: HYSTOPIA BY DAVID MEANS (2016)

It's 1970. The Year of Hate. Kennedy is only a few months into his third presidential term. He's survived six assassination attempts. He tours around the country daring a seventh attacker to get it right this time. Meanwhile, the Vietnam War rages on, and shellshocked vets gather in Michigan, attracted by its mitten-like shape. The … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: HYSTOPIA BY DAVID MEANS (2016)