DOUBLE REVIEW: THE BLACK TIDES OF HEAVEN AND THE READ THREADS OF FORTUNE, BY JY YANG (2017)

Mokoya and Akeha are twins, children of the Full Lands' ruthless ruler, Lady Sanao Hekate. Mokoya is the incandescent core burning beneath the earth, Akeha the lightning splitting open the sky. Mokoya can see the future, Akeha can stop the heart of flying leviathans. Mokoya becomes her mother's official Prophet, an unwilling instrument of dictatorial … Continue reading DOUBLE REVIEW: THE BLACK TIDES OF HEAVEN AND THE READ THREADS OF FORTUNE, BY JY YANG (2017)

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REVIEW: MARESI, BY MARIA TURTSCHANINOFF, TRANSLATED BY ANNIE PRIME (2016)

From the start, we know not everything will be alright. Maresi, the novel's eponymous young narrator, tells us that she does not want to bring it all up again--the smell of blood, the sound of crunching bone--and that it is difficult to talk about death. Nevertheless, she must write, so that the events she witnessed, … Continue reading REVIEW: MARESI, BY MARIA TURTSCHANINOFF, TRANSLATED BY ANNIE PRIME (2016)

REVIEW: THE DJINN FALLS IN LOVE, EDITED BY MAHVESH MURAD AND JARED SHURIN (2017)

I have a troubled history with multi-author short story anthologies. Sometimes it's me: I can't get myself to stick with each story till the end, or I can't get myself to reach the end or even the middle if the first few stories are so-so, or I simply can't handle the frequent gear-shifts from story … Continue reading REVIEW: THE DJINN FALLS IN LOVE, EDITED BY MAHVESH MURAD AND JARED SHURIN (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 L√©gendaire--A Taste of Honey is … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: A TASTE OF HONEY, BY KAI ASHANTE WILSON (2016)