“I wonder if all hearts are made with the same pockets for fear and pain and sadness. They must not be, or if they are, maybe we all don’t know how to use them. Because otherwise so many of our stories would have ended differently.”
In 2012, Courtney Summers wrote a book called This Is Not a Test—her take on the zombie apocalypse, from the perspective of a teenage girl named Sloane. In that novel, the terror is ...
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 ...
There was five golden rules. My dad made me write them over and over until I knew them like I knew my own name.
Number Five: Never have a fire in the daytime, ’cause people could see the smoke and come and get us.
It’s February, which means that it is cold, and nasty, and everyone is probably tired and stressed out from the polar winter that will never end. (If you are lucky enough to live in warmer climes ...
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 ...
Amanda, black doesn’t erase. Black isn’t nothing. Black is every color in existence, all mixed into one!
You understand? Right now, in this moment, here in this black, you are surrounded by every color.
In 2014, Vertigo Comics embarked on a uniquely concept-driven comics anthology project. Vertigo Quarterly: CMYK is a four-part series of one-shots, referencing the components of the four-color printing process: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. Starting in spring of last year, each quarter Vertigo released ...
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 ...
The ocean is a scary place. It’s especially scary when one is 6 miles underwater, in pitch blackness, bitter cold, and with mere steel walls separating one from the crushing pressure of eight tons per square inch at the deepest part of the Mariana Trench.
Such is the setting for The Deep, the new horror novel from Nick Cutter.
I very much enjoyed The Deep, more so than his debut novel The Troop. Like The Troop, it’s a claustrophobic horror ...
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 ...