Tag Archive: Reviews

Jul 29

Book Review: Lexicon by Max Barry

This quote from Janet Maslin of the New York Times sums the book up pretty well…. A dark, dystopic grabber in which words are treated as weapons, and the villainous types have literary figures’ names. Plath, Yeats, Eliot and Woolf all figure in this ambitious, linguistics-minded work of futurism. … although I’m not sure the …

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Jul 17

But Who Has The Time?

The itch to blog has returned. Mostly I want to review the books I’ve been reading.  Not that there have been that many but I’d still like to share my thoughts with the internet public. I had dreams of writing actual criticism.  The sort of essay / critique that you might see on Strange Horizons but with a …

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Mar 18

Reviewing the Nebulas: Novelettes

Seven novelettes were nominated for the Nebulas this year and I have to say that apart from one dud they’re a shiny crop of stories. Moreso then the nominated short fiction, I expect to see a few of these novelettes appear on the Hugo ballot.

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Mar 13

I Heart Martin Lewis and this is why…

If you want to understand why I keep banging on about Martin Lewis as a reviewer then read his recent review on Strange Horizons of: Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels, 1985-2010 by Damien Broderick and Paul Di Filippo. Don’t be deterred by the fact that the piece is long, has 19 footnotes and is …

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Mar 11

Reviewing The Nebulas: The Short Stories

Although I’m not a member of SFWA(1), I thought I’d review a couple of the award categories starting with short fiction. Also, because I’m shit at story summaries, I’m going to be relying on online sources – mostly Lois Tilton. Behind the cut, it’s on with the reviews.

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Jan 16

The Art of the Mean Review

I’m back from Perth.  It was lovely, thanks for asking. While I was away, there were a couple of interesting posts about the art of reviewing.  The first one was by Martin Lewis, who celebrated his tenth anniversary as a reviewer by re-visiting the structure and content of his first review.  It’s a long post, …

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