Avengers: Age of Ultron is out next week in the U.S. While I’m sure it’s going to be a good, fun film and a great addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I’m also pretty sure that it’s going to be a dude-fest. Apart from Black Widow (all hail) and Scarlet Witch (an unknown entity at this point), the franchise’s main heroes are all (white) men. So to counterbalance this, let’s talk about four supercool—and recent—female-led superhero stories.
Around this time last year, a new stand-alone novel by Katherine Addison called The Goblin Emperor generated a lot of buzz around the fact that its main character was a good man, attempting to do the right thing and surrounded by people who were also good and helpful. It’s a great novel and one that makes you all fuzzy and warm inside because it is so nice.
This is to say: I feel that Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear ...
The thing about horror stories featuring mythological monsters as popular as mermaids is that the reader needs to be prepared to let go of any preconceptions in order to be truly engaged just as the author needs to be ready to do something new with it.
Enter Rolling in the Deep, a new novella by Mira Grant, which tells the tragic story of the cruise ship Atargatis, lost at sea with all its passengers, its captain and crewmembers.
It all ...
Adrianne was walking home when a piece of scaffolding hit her head. Now wounded and ailing, she wonders why her partner, Antoine, isn’t more worried, more careful, when taking care of her. He is about to leave, she realizes. Her world is about to change.
Their story is interrupted briefly by a computer code.
Adrian is grieving because his partner, Antoine, is dying. He goes out to the gym to hang out with the guys—his weekly moment of ...
This is a review in parts.
Part 1: Let’s talk about definitions, baby
I think a lot about classifications and designations: it's simply who I am as a reader and reviewer. Thinking about Signal to Noise and trying to pin it down as something or the other was hard work and a wholly futile exercise because I couldn’t do it as the book is this rich, elaborate symphony of awesome that defies simple definitions.
It’s part fantasy, part YA ...
I love interesting projects and publishing ideas so when I came across The Anderson Project, published by Tor.com, I eagerly dived in. Three novelettes united by a piece of art is the running theme here: inspired by a pre-existing painting, in this case the Richard Anderson painting that doubles as the cover for this collection, three authors create their stories.
The story-inspired-by-art premise is not exactly a new idea, as editor David Hartwell explains in the introduction to ...
As I started writing my thoughts on Genevieve Valentine’s excellent novella Dream Houses, I became acutely aware of how much adding the words in space to a description will make anything sound better. Let me show you:
Dream Houses is a horror science fiction novel…in space.
It’s Alive (the movie)…in space.
It’s a locked room mystery…in space.
It’s a tense tale of survival against all odds…in space.
(See what I mean?)
Nothing was supposed to ...
Oh, but this was fun and charming.
Jeannie Lin is a historical romance author who launched a new Steampunk Historical Fantasy/Adventure (with a light touch of lovely romance on the side) series in November. Gunpowder Alchemy is the first book in the series and the last book I read in 2014.
Set in 1842, Gunpowder Alchemy takes place in an alternate-history China between the first Opium War (1839–1842) and second Opium War (1856-1860). In a “behind the scenes ...