“If you’re looking for something that’s different from your everyday zombie gorefest, if you want a zombie novel with actual brains, and a mouth that cannot be silenced, try The Last Weekend. It’s killer.”
Here’s my review of Nick Mamatas new novel The Last Weekend for Strange Horizons.
China Miéville has a new novella out.
“The deceptively simple story is dreamlike and disturbing, and constantly oscillating between literary fiction (albeit with a Borgesian touch), fantasy, and horror. It is also a murder mystery.
And it’s a secret Bas-Lag story.”
…as I’m arguing in my review of This Census-Taker in Strange Horizons.
So I read all of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series, and this is the outcome. I really, really wish we had more characters like Zoë.
Happy New Year, everyone!
For me, the new year started with a look at my favourite reads of 2015, and then I went straight back to (academic and creative) writing.
But of course I can’t stop talking about books, which is why you’re already getting a new review. Beauty Secrets of the Martyrs is Verity Holloway’s debut novella. “If you like things that share the aesthetic of the Penny Dreadful TV series, with maybe a bit of the undead Jane Austen remix thrown in, you might like this book.”
I’ve got a new article in Alluvium! It’s basically my paper from the academic stream at last year’s Worldcon (the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention / Loncon 3), now with more material and better editing. (Thank you, Caroline!)
Another big thank you goes to my friend Joy, who introduced me to the Queer Theory of Antke Engel.
My review of China’s new short story collection is up on Strange Horizons. This book has something for (almost) every kind of reader: composite monsters, complex characters, new and radically different zombies, fascinating worldmaking, unspeakable horror from deep underwater, sentient (socialist) dust, friendship and romance, archaeology, uncanny scrimshaw, burning stags, fake movie trailers, and even a touch of military SF. And my review even comes with a TL;DR, so don’t waste any more time and get the book. ;)
This is a must-read. And here is why: Read my review over at Strange Horizons.