RaveReading RealityThis big story, like that big ecological disaster, starts small ... A story that winds up like a hurricane or a tornado, pauses in a calm storm’s eye in the middle, and then unwinds quickly in an explosive ending as the storm dissipates ... The story expands its tent to encompass colonialism, complacency and exploitation in ways that make the most singular acts have the most global of consequences – and the other way around – in an infinity loop at the heart of the storm.
Saad Z. Hossain
PositiveLibrary JournalHossain\'s novel can certainly be read as a cautionary tale about climate change, but the energy that powers this story will remind many readers of a twisted version of Ernest Cline\'s Ready Player One: society has descended into dystopia after ecological catastrophe; the protagonist\'s quest is driven by privilege and self-interest; and the virtual world runs on greed ... Highly recommended for readers of cli-fi and those looking for a story that explores the virtual world.
John M Ford
PositiveLibrary JournalHighly recommended for readers looking for classic spy stories such as those by John le Carré and Len Deighton, because this work stands up to the best of the genre.
PositiveLibrary JournalRabbits is a story for readers who don’t think the stakes in Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One were nearly high enough. And for those who think The Matrix didn’t have nearly enough conspiracy theories or coincidences. It’s recommended for readers who like their SF on the techno-thriller side, and their endings somewhat equivocal. And for anyone who believed that the TV series Lost was a bit too straightforward after all.
Suyi Davies Okungbowa
RaveLibrary JournalHighly recommended for fans of epic fantasy based on non-European mythologies, like The Black Sun, by Rebecca Roanhorse; readers who enjoy protagonists on troubled journeys, like in Jenn Lyons’s The House of Always; or anyone who likes to chew on stories with complex shenanigans.
RaveLibrary JournalEncompassing as many genres as a circus carousel has animals to ride, this is ultimately a story about love ... Highly recommended for lovers of timeslip fiction, readers who enjoy their genres very bent indeed, and those who have dreamed of running away to the circus.
RaveLibrary JournalThis is a charming and enchanting story featuring one of the overlooked characters of a beloved classic. While the cast feels very much as remembered from the original, Mary comes into her own ... Readers with fond but not necessarily exhaustive memories of Pride and Prejudice will love this story, as will historical fiction readers looking for intelligent heroines with agency and heart who belong to their time and place without quite fitting in.
PositiveLibrary Journal... lives up to its title ... These stories are more \'whydunit?\' than the traditional \'whodunit?\' and all the more chilling for it ... Recommended for readers of psychological mysteries and thrillers as well as genre aficionados seeking the standout stories of the year.
PositiveLibrary Journalhis title brings several character arcs to a close while resetting others to make this psychological mystery serve both as a beginning for new readers and a satisfying continuation for series fans. Gamache is an explorer of the human psyche, and the care he takes with the victims, their friends and family, as well as his own allows this series and his character continually to surprise, delight, and enthrall. Highly recommended for lovers of psychological, character-driven mysteries.
RaveLibrary JournalThis collection showcases the author\'s (and genre\'s) propensity for comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable with stories of near-future dystopias so close we can see them from here. Only one has an even slightly hopeful ending ... The stories get less hopeful and more frightening ... The near futures Doctorow...portrays in these stories are chilling in their possibility and will draw in any sf reader who imagines what might happen if our current situations remain unchanged. Highly recommended.
C Robert Cargill
PositiveLibrary JournalThis collection...is filled with the darkest of dark fantasy. With one exception, the stories are horror with a supernatural or magic realism bent ... Aficionados of supernatural horror and fantasy with extremely dark surprises will thrill at every chill.