The Arthur C. Clarke Awards: Submission List 2015
 

Arthur C. Clarke Awards

Submission List 2015

 
Reading Like A Writer: Why to do It, How to do It, and Why I Often Fail at It
 

Reading Like A Writer

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Bloodborne – First Impressions
 

Bloodborne

First Impressions

 

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Bloodborne – First Impressions

Bloodborne – First Impressions 

This article was turned in late. My apologies. I was playing Bloodborne. I had every intention of writing this on Thursday, when I finally managed to get a few hours alone. I didn’t. Instead? I played Bloodborne. I had another chance Friday. I had a half-day off. The kids were at school. The house was […]

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Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan
5

Three, apparently, is a powerful number. Bad things are said to come in threes, and it has all sorts of mystical significances that could probably form a whole post of its own (or possibly a series of posts on the importance of numbers… but I digress). Most importantly for this review, three is a popular […]

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
3.5

In a never-ending quest to find new and interesting fantasy fiction, I picked up A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. I liked the idea of a magician that could walk between worlds while also walking the line between royal messenger and smuggler. Kell is Antari, one of the last magicians who can create […]

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Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie
4

With his second foray into the young adult genre, Joe Abercrombie continues to keep us on our toes. Half the World continues the story of Yarvi, now the “deeply cunning” minister of Gettland, but rather than continuing Yarvi’s story through his own eyes, as Abercrombie did in Half a King, he now moves the plot […]

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The Book of the Dead edited by Jared Shurin

The Book of the Dead edited by Jared Shurin
4

Horror isn’t usually my cup of tea. However, Egyptian mythology and history is always fascinating, and one the more prominent aspects of ancient Egypt is, of course, the mummy. This anthology, compiled by Jurassic London and the Egypt Exploration Society, consists of nineteen short stories centered around mummies. Obviously, there is not time or space […]

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City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
4.5

City of Stairs is the story of spies, murder (of both men and gods alike), hidden histories and the resulting lies that are taken as gospel, politics, finance, miracles, colonization and conquest, and more. While I’m listing this as epic fantasy, it has elements of noir, urban fantasy, and the new weird. I know this […]

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Mistwood by Leah Cypess

Mistwood by Leah Cypess
3.5

I picked up Mistwood on a whim at my local library after reading Leah Cypess’ more recent Death Sworn and being pleasantly surprised. It’s not a long book, only three hundred pages in hardcover, and I tore through it in a few hours. The writing is easy to read, the characters are engaging, and the […]

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Smiler’s Fair by Rebecca Levene

Smiler’s Fair by Rebecca Levene
5

With Smiler’s Fair, Levene has done something very clever. No one can deny this is fantasy on an epic scale: we have five protagonists, each with a distinct voice, a world with varied lands and peoples, set against a history richly detailed in its cultural and religious makeup. The care Levene has taken in creating […]

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The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan

The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan
4.5

Society doesn’t look kindly on women who want to expand the world’s knowledge of dragons through scientific study, scandalous affiliations and hazardous adventures across the globe but, as we well know by now, Isabella, Lady Trent cares not a whit for society’s glances or approval. The Tropic of Serpents is the second volume of fictional […]

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Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop
4.5

Anne Bishop is really a remarkable writer. She can spin a tale that draws you into the heart of the story right at the get-go. Vision in Silver is the third book in her Others series, and I was already on the edge of my seat in chapter one. Between the finely balanced tension and […]

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Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells and Howard Taylor

Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells and Howard Taylor
4

Shadows Beneath is both an anthology of short stories and a glimpse into the writing process, created by the Writing Excuses podcast team: Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells and Howard Taylor. Each author provides one story, as well as a selection of extra ‘behind the scenes’ material including early drafts, edits, and insight […]

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Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman
4

In the introduction to Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, Neil Gaiman tells us quite plainly that writers live in houses other people built. In this collection of short stories, it often feels as though Gaiman is going through other writers’ closets. Some of the stories mimic the tones and themes of Gaiman’s literary predecessors, […]

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