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TFF Reviews
« on: May 09, 2015, 07:19:52 PM »
Starting a new thread for TFF Reviews, our small- and indie- press SF/F/H/W reviewing organ. Find all our latest reviews and criticism at reviews.futurefire.net (or you can subscribe via email using the form on the right…)

Most recent posts are Redfern Jon Barrett's thoughts on Walter Mosley's Inside a Silver Box (from Tor), and Valeria Vitale's review of Margrét Helgadóttir and Jo Thomas's regional horror anthology European Monsters (from Fox Spirit).

I'd be interested to hear from anyone else who's read either of these books.
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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2015, 09:57:06 PM »
New over at TFF Reviews, Wendy Bousfield writes about Dennis O’Flaherty’s King of the Cracksmen, an alternative history, 19th century US steampunk dystopian adventure.

It sounds like there might have been some cliché bordering on the offensive, that Wendy was probably more tolerant of than I would have been, but it would be fair to give it the benefit of the doubt (as she explains in the review).
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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2015, 10:05:29 PM »
Ashley O’Brien reviews a volume of essays, Black Quantum Futurism, edited by Rasheedah Philips, “a unique collection of essays and ideas that promises … that something very special happens when combining quantum physics, futurist traditions, and Black/African cultural traditions.”

I might have to read this one…
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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2015, 10:40:25 PM »
New tonight at TFF Reviews, Don Riggs reviews Robert Charles Wilson’s The Affinities (from Tor Books), which he compares to Asimov’s Foundation novels, in that, just as Asimov’s “psychohistory” is more important than the humans in his books, “the main character in The Affinities is teleodynamics, the scientific basis for the algorithms used to class people in various Affinities, and we see over the course of the novel that the individual’s importance is reduced in groups who adhere to this science and its implications.”
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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2015, 11:14:00 PM »
In our latest review, Cait Coker talks about Eva Darrows's The Awesome, a kick-ass YA paranormal urban fantasy about a teen vampire hunter who doesn't dress glamorously or hang out only with boys, and that is more honest about female friendships and teen sex than most of that genre.
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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2015, 10:57:45 PM »
I've reviewed Douglas Thompson's rather remarkable The Rhymer: an Heredyssey from Elsewhen Press. If I tell you it's a surreal epic written in semi-rhyming free verse, it'll probably put you off, but it's much more readable than it sounds…
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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2015, 11:10:47 PM »
John reviews V.E. Wilchcombe's Neob, an Avatar-esque science fantasy set on a lush, savage, distant planet.
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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2015, 09:08:52 PM »
In today's TFF Reviews, Małgorzata Mika comments on John Howard's Touchstones: Essays on the Fantastic, a collection of highly readable but serious work, leaning towards an interest in horror and weird. A mini-history of weird fiction in here—or at least an appetizer for such a history…
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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2015, 05:11:26 PM »
Cait Coker reviews Rachel Kendall's Stranger Days, a literary, existential, and ultimately unreliable novel…
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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2015, 05:24:36 PM »
Valeria Vitale reviews Tansy Rayner Roberts and Tehani Wessely's Cranky Ladies of History, an anthology of historical and fantasy stories about swashbucking, ass-kicking, and world-shaking women from history. This one looks like fun!
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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2015, 03:05:35 PM »
Ashley O’Brien reviews Ira Nayman's What the Hell Were You Thinking?: Good Advice for People Who Make Bad Decisions, a curious and fanciful coffee-table book or toilet reading matter.
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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2015, 04:00:55 PM »
Kate Onyett reviews Tony Rauch's What if I got down on my knees?, a collection of surreal, comic, absurdist, angsty, metaphorical, fantastic and ultimately satisfying short tales.
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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2015, 11:38:20 PM »
Wendy Bousfield reviews Allen Ashley's anthology Sensorama from Eibonvale Press, twenty-one stories concerning one of our five senses (or other mystical ones), which she describes as "exhilarating" and "rich in subtexts."
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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2015, 10:45:49 PM »
Margrét Helgadóttir reviews Peter Öberg’s Waiting for the Machines to Fall Asleep, an anthology of Swedish SF/F (in translation) from Affront Publishing. The anthology covers “a broad range of themes, plots and subgenres, stretching from steampunk, horror, fantasy, weird, post apocalypse to space colonies and space travel”, but Margrét didn't especially feel that it had a strong Scandinavian feel to it.
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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2015, 10:11:52 PM »
Djibril reviews Anneliese Poelsma's short story collection, Fly and other stories, which touches on themes like domestic horror, delusion and mental illness, queer characters, and the unreliable narrator. Sometimes problematic, but always shockingly empathetic and sensitively written, the six stories in this self-published e-book are well-worth reading.
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