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Jack Zipes’ Beautiful Angiola: The Great Treasury of Sicilian Folk and Fairy Tales Collected by Laura Gonzenbach

Laura Gonzenbach’s nineteenth-century collection of Sicilian folktales was remarkable for several things. It was the first collection of folk tales from Sicilian sources, it was first published in German rather than Italian or Sicilian, and it was produced by a … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 21st of May: a Gothic novel, Sayers on Holmes and other matters

The point is, there is no feasible excuse for what we are, for what we have made of ourselves. We have chosen to put profits before people, money before morality, dividends before decency, fanaticism before fairness, and our own trivial … Continue reading

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Ellen Kushner’s Tremontaine

Tremontaine is the latest foray into the world of Swordspoint, but it is not, as I had at first supposed, a collection of stories. It is, rather, an ongoing narrative with chapters by a group of writers, most of whom … Continue reading

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Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint

Every once in a while, being a reviewer offers a special perk, whether it’s a new book by a favorite author, a new find who stands head and shoulders above the crowd, or the chance to take another look at … Continue reading

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Gene Wolfe’s An Evil Guest

It will help a lot if you read Charles Finney’s The Circus of Dr. Lao before tackling An Evil Guest. I can say that much with certainty. And I’m fairly confident that if I’d ever read any of Wolfe’s work … Continue reading

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Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the New Sun

Science fiction, like any other genre, has its landmarks, those works that stand above their cohort and may, all else being equal, stand above most works from other genres as well (and I include so-called “mainstream” literature among genres). Gene … Continue reading

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Eleanor Wasserberg’s Foxlowe

“Tomorrow I’ll show you a secret.” I’m a sucker for a utopia-but-not-really story.  From The Dark Secret of Harvest Home to Red Rising, there’s just something about a tale that digs into the dark underbelly of what was once a … Continue reading

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Leslie What’s Crazy Love

I first ran across Leslie What in the anthology Interfictions, edited by Delia Sherman and Theodora Goss. The story included there, the completely delightful “Post Hoc,” seems to be typical of What’s approach: place a character into a situation that … Continue reading

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Robert Silverberg’s To Be Continued: The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume One

I’ve mentioned elsewhere that Robert Silverberg was one of those writers of the 1950s and 1960s who was regularly turning out interesting and workmanlike stories. Then came a series of novels that rocked readers of science fiction back on their … Continue reading

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Robert Silverberg’s Star of Gypsies

Speculative fiction, by which I mean that category that includes both fantasy and science fiction and their hybrids, has accumulated over the years a group of larger-than-life characters: Ralph 124C41+, the cat girl C’Mell, Jubal Harshaw, R. Daneel Olivaw, the … Continue reading

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