Shadow Captain by Alastair Reynolds (Orbit 978-0316555708, $15.99, 448pp, trade paperback, January 2019)
A person huddles alone in the wreckage of a spaceship, body glowing with strange patterns of light. And all that the person can think of is revenge on those responsible for the situation.
Sounds familiar, right? Good old Gully Foyle in The Stars My Destination. Well, surprisingly, that’s not the book under discussion today. Instead, we ...Read MoreRead more
Arkad’s World by James Cambias (Baen 978-1-4814-8370-4, $24, 304pp, hardcover, January 2019)
One of my all-time favorite SF novels is Earthblood, by Keith Laumer and Rosel George Brown. It’s a space operatic quest following the life of a man called Roan, from youth to maturity. He’s the only human, and despised, in a galaxy of oddball aliens, and he’s determined to find the rest of his species on the ...Read MoreRead more
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty (Harper Voyager 978-0-06-267813-3, $26.99, 640pp, hardcover, January 2019)
Chakraborty’s second novel, a sequel to The City of Brass, which I reviewed on this site, continues to chronicle with grace and elegance the ongoing exploits of Nahri, once an unassuming child of Cairo’s streets, whose true role was proven to be the scion of a race of magical healers. When her mystical powers ...Read MoreRead more
» LA Times: Jeff VanderMeer reviews Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf
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Explore the future with fox-magic space opera, or in a cursed pirate spaceship.
Explore both with a novel about a detective who solves crimes by traveling to alternate pasts and futures.
Yes, I will admit, I would have preferred to see fewer brutal fistfights accompanied by the amplified sound of crunching lettuce and more leisurely attention to the imaginative underwater environments that mostly serve as backdrops for the film’s incessant free-for-falls; and yes, the film would have benefited from some judicious editing to reduce its two-and-a-half hour length to two hours. But overall, Aquaman qualifies as a successful superhero film, persuasively ...Read MoreRead more
» Time: The 10 Best Fantasy Books of 2018 are by Adeyemi, Kuang, Maas, Miller, Suri, Novik, Bennett, Tolkien, Penelope, and Harris
» Barnes & Noble: Paul Di Filippo on The Future is (Nearly) Now: Science Fiction’s View of 2018, discussing Nick Clark Windo, Ahmed Saadawi, John Scalzi, Chandler Klang Smith, and Gordon Van Gelder
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Since Mary Poppins Returns was one of those rare films falling within my area of expertise that was of interest to my other family members, I watched it in the company of my wife and granddaughter, and I should report that six-year-old Serena Michelle Kong thoroughly enjoyed the film, explaining that she found it just as delightful as its esteemed precursor Mary Poppins (1964). And perhaps, that is the only ...Read MoreRead more
(12.17) Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed 10×3 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100 Hardcovers Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone 03.12.18 / 41 6 = x xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. Clare, ...Read More Read more