Tag Archives: 2015 Award-Worthy

Two More Lovely Stories, and Ringing in the New Year

Once there was a little girl, born at midnight during the Feast of the Sacrifice, in a certain city of Arabia. The baby’s mother, sighing, named her Dunya. Dunya means “the world,” but what her mother meant by that, no … Continue reading

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Lovely Stories, Things for Ballots

A wee handful of things I’ve read recently for which it’s very tempting to post nothing but links along with an endless sequence of hearts. “Seven Commentaries on an Imperfect Land”┬áby Ruthanna Emrys is a vision of a Jewish Narnia. … Continue reading

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Review: Scale-Bright

The first fully-formed thought I had about Scale-Bright, a 2014 novella by Benjanun Sriduangkaew, is that it begs to be made into a graphic novel. A demon theater with pendant lights of upside-down jellyfish and patrons with dragonfly wings, threaded … Continue reading

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Short Fiction Fridays: Solaris Rising 3

Solaris Rising 3, a 2014 science fiction anthology edited by Ian Whates, is a solid and memorable collection. There’s a story from Aliette de Bodard’s award-winning Dai Viet universe, a far future postcolonial space opera, that brings to mind the … Continue reading

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Short Fiction Fridays: Women Warriors

Trying something new: a weekly post spotlighting and micro-reviewing two short stories — one science fiction, one fantasy — both featuring diversity. The theme of this week is women warriors. “Makeisha in Time” by Rachel K. Jones: A time-traveler lives … Continue reading

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Review: The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

Genevieve Valentine’s 2014 novel The Girls at the Kingfisher Club is a retelling of the fairy tale “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” my favorite story as a little kid. I’m not sure why I loved it so much — perhaps it’s … Continue reading

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Review: Among the Thorns

I first heard of the relatively new author Veronica Schanoes when her novella Burning Girls was nominated for a Nebula Award this year. “Among the Thorns” is a 2014 novelette, a re-envisioning of an anti-Semitic myth by the Brothers Grimm … Continue reading

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