First things first: as the longest month ever draws to a close, Strange Horizons is running its annual prize draw! Now spun off from the fundraising drive, a contribution of $1 buys you a chance to win one of many, many prizes.
I’m trying to get into the habit of writing shorter reviews again, so without further ado, here’s my thoughts on S.A. Chakraborty’s The City of Brass (2017).
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The Strange Horizons reviewers have posted our collective reflections on the year in this week’s issue; I’m featured in part three. I’m already compiling a list of things to put on my 2018 TBR stack, and kicking myself for forgetting to mention Get Out and Colossal as two of last year’s best spec fic-adjacent (ish) films. If you haven’t seen them, you should.
My review of Kristin Cashore’s long-awaited new novel Jane, Unlimited is up at Strange Horizons. It definitely takes the cake as the weirdest book I’ve read this year.
My review of In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan, formerly known as the online novel “The Turn of the Story,” went up at Strange Horizons recently. I loved this book, and there is definitely much more to say about it than I was able to include in the review. Suffice it to say this may be my favorite of Brennan’s novels, and that it’s also probably her best.
My review of Cindy Pon’s new novel Want is now up at Strange Horizons. I quite liked this book, though it did prompt some depressing musing about the state of the world–not really distinguishable from any other day ending in Y in 2017, admittedly.
Having just filed my latest review, it’s time to put in a plug for the 2017 Strange Horizons fund drive! Now on Indiegogo for your funding convenience, it’s your chance to support the work of the magazine and its excellent volunteers. The reward tiers include ebooks of the magazine and various items of swag–personally, I’m looking forward to drinking out of the logo mug.
The work of the magazine depends on the support of its readers, so now’s the time to show your appreciation and your desire for that work to continue.
My review of the newest entry in Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief series is up at Strange Horizons. There are also quite a lot of remarks about the series as a whole, and a few about Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles–all of which are amazing books that I recommend highly.
My review of Yoon Ha Lee’s follow-up to Ninefox Gambit (2016) is now up at Strange Horizons. I have been a fan for a while, particularly since I heard Lee speak at the Sirens Conference in 2015, and the book does not disappoint.
Rather belatedly, you can read my contribution to the Strange Horizons 2016 in Review column.
As 2017 turns out unhappily, I stand by what I said at the end.
I wrote 6000 words about Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series at Strange Horizons.
Once you’ve read the piece (or even before!), you can donate to the Strange Horizons fund drive, which is your opportunity to support a continued home online for writing like this and all the other excellent work SH is home to.