Cherie Priest has been doing a bizarre mashup of alternate history, zombie, steampunk, and Old West tropes for sometime now. It’s fun stuff which is popcorn literature at its very best. The latest is Jacaranda which Richard Dansky says that ‘ the most recent entry in Cherie Priest’s Clockwork Century alternate history, reads like a . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Cherie Priest: Jacaranda
Excuse our look while we hunt down the digital pixies that are causing problems right now. I suggest you go over to Sleeping Hedgehog, our other publication, and muck around there for a few days.
Our reviewers have been busy lately (probably all the rainy days — man, it’s been wet and gloomy), so we have some new reviews for you, starting with Richard Dansky’s look at Charles Stross’ Equoid.
Now, the title may be a stumper — what is an “equoid,” anyway — something not-quite-a-horse? A unicorn? My Little . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Charles Stross: Equoid
We have reviews for you. Yes, indeedy, so, since it’s been a while, let’s get right to it.
Comics creator Joe Mignola ventures into the realm of “illustrated novel” with collaborator Christopher Golden in Joe Golem and the Drowned City.
Elizabeth Bear is back with another tale of Bijou the Artificer and her fellow adventurers, . . . → Read More: Catching Up
If you were on a limited budget but still wanted to see and hear some of the world-class musicians who play at the annual Celtic Colours International Festival on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, you’d be in luck. Two daily events in Baddeck alone provide musical entertainment and education in intimate settings during the main . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours: Free music events
With Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Graham Joyce sets up camp in the literary real estate generally occupied by Charles De Lint. But where De Lint’s approach is artfully bohemian, Joyce’s is much more workaday. He takes on the intersection of Faerie and the everyday world with muscular, gritty prose and an eye for how . . . → Read More: A Pair From Graham Joyce
And here I am, back again with more reviews. Hmm — where to start?
Zombies! Cant’ live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em — which seems to hold true for some people, at least. Christopher Golden has come out with an anthology that reinvents the zombie, according to our reviewer — 21st Century Dead. Or . . . → Read More: You Were Warned
Värttinä (Finnish for spindle) is a Finnish folk music band which was started as a project by Sari and Mari Kaasinen back in 1983 in the village of Rääkkylä, in Karelia, the southeastern region of that country. In Ilmatar’s Inspirations: Nationalization, Globalization, and the Changing Soundscapes of Finnish Folk Music, our reviewer notes that author . . . → Read More: Värttinä
That seems to be where we find ourselves this morning, going through the review bin.
There’s a certain kind of humor that makes its home in the land of the bizarre, in which the surreal is played for laughs, as in Good Omens, that classic send-up of just about everything from Terry Pratchett and Neil . . . → Read More: Real, Surreal, and Somewhere in Between