REVIEW: A SKINFUL OF SHADOWS, BY FRANCES HARDINGE (2017)

Makepeace's nightmares are not like other people's. She dreams of spectral figures trying to claw their way through the window, inside her bedroom, inside her head. For Makepeace (who is twelve) has a strange gift: she has "extra space" inside her that can be inhabited by extra souls, and the souls of the dead--who want … Continue reading REVIEW: A SKINFUL OF SHADOWS, BY FRANCES HARDINGE (2017)

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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: THE SILENT COMPANIONS, BY LAURA PURCELL (2017)

It's 1866. Elsie Bainbridge is a patient at St Joseph's Hospital for the Insane. She's barely survived the fire that destroyed her home of the last several months. The home that the inhabitants of the nearest village keep well away from. And where, before the fire, four people died under mysterious circumstances. Could Elsie have … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: THE SILENT COMPANIONS, BY LAURA PURCELL (2017)

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)