Review: ‘The Last Wish’ by Andrzej Sapkowski

The edition that I read had 280 pages; I tore through 205 of them in one day. 'The Last Wish' is on the Robert Heinlein side of fantasy, meaning it is snappy, dialogue- and action-driven, full of plot and conflict, and has very little time for subplots, exposition, or world-building.However, this does not mean the …

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A story you should go and read right now

If you're a fan of science fiction, you should go and read 'Salvage Opportunity' by Jack Skillingstead, over on Clarkesworld Magazine's website. Link here. It is my favourite kind of science fiction short story. It's easy to read, the worldbuilding is subtly handled, the mood is fabulous, it's fast-paced, the characters are fun and believable, …

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Review: “Extraction Request” by Rich Larson (Clarkesworld #112)

(Read it here!) About the Author: According to his website, Rich Larson has received the 2014 Dell Award and 2012 Rannu Prize for Writers of Speculative Fiction, and has been nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Prize. He has also been nominated for the Pushcart and Journey Prizes. He has been published in Asimov's and F&SF magazines, …

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Review: “The Abduction of Europa” by E. Catherine Tobler (Clarkesworld #112)

(Read the story here!) This review assumes you have already read it, so please do check it out before reading on. About the Author: E. Catherine Tobler is, like Tuesday's author, another tried-and-tested writer of professional standards. A quick look at her website reveals an impressive bibliography of work that stretches across at least a decade …

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Review: “The Algorithms of Value” by Robert Reed (Clarkesworld #112)

(Here's a link to the story - read it for yourself!) Robert Reed is a veteran of SFF fiction: during his career, he's published 11 novels, 200 short works (10 of those have been published on Clarkesworld) and he's been nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula awards. With those kinds of credits, you know …

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This Month’s Short Fiction Review: Clarkesworld #112

For the rest of this month, I will be reviewing the stories in the latest issue of Clarkesworld magazine. Reviews will be posted every Tuesday and Friday at around 4pm GMT (around noonish in the States), so make sure you don't miss them! Clarkesworld is always a fun read, so this should be good.   …

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My First Impression of “The Buried Giant” By Kazuo Ishiguro

After reading two chapters of this book, this is my first impression. In interviews, Kazuo has repeatedly said that he doesn't consider his first novel in ten years to be a 'fantasy' book. And yet elsewhere, it has been advertised as one. I can see where the confusion lies. 'The Buried Giant' is set in a …

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