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Company Town by Madeline Ashby

Company Town by Madeline Ashby
4

There is a lot to like about this ambitious, quick and explosive sci-fi story. Company Town is told through the eyes of the protagonist Hwa and takes place in a city called New Arcadia. She lives in a world where almost everyone has some sort of physical or biological augmentation. People are stronger, faster, more […]

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The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough

The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough
4.5

There is a language to dying. It creeps like a shadow alongside the passing years and the taste of it hides in the corners of our mouths. It finds us whether we are sick or healthy. It is a secret hushed thing that lives in the whisper of the nurses’ skirts as they rustle up […]

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Mash Up edited by Gardner Dozois

Mash Up edited by Gardner Dozois
3

Mash Up is a short story anthology edited by Gardner Dozois, in which authors take famous first lines from literature and weave completely new stories from them, all with a sci-fi or fantasy theme, often going in very unexpected directions. The anthology was originally a partnership between Audible and the SFWA, with each story recorded […]

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The Bound Folio by Rob J. Hayes

The Bound Folio by Rob J. Hayes
4

In the Five Kingdoms, previously the setting of Rob J. Hayes’ Ties That Bind trilogy and now the setting of his new collection of short stories, The Bound Folio, injustice is a daily occurrence and the entire world can quickly become your enemy. Throughout The Bound Folio’s eight-story connection, readers are introduced to lone protagonists […]

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The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
5

When I asked Twitter whether I should buy the first Witcher game, I got a unanimous YES. One gentleman informed me that the games were based on a series of novels by Polish author Sapkowski, which I’m sure most Fantasy-Faction readers already know. I didn’t and was therefore mighty curious. Standing in Waterstones, I had […]

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The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
4.25

My first impression after reading the title was, “Will I turn invisible once I enter? Can no one find me?” A place where I can read, undisturbed and uninterrupted? Sign me up ASAP! But alas, it was not to be, for me at least. If you’re a Librarian, however, worlds are at your fingertips. You […]

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Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
5

Call it what you will: a bordello, a brothel, or a whorehouse. No matter what your name for it, a building that holds prostitutes (or courtesans, Companions, or soiled doves) is a vital part of scenery for certain genres. Westerns in particular spring to mind, though I will admit that most of my knowledge of […]

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Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire
5

Tor’s novella series was started in 2015, with the aim of promoting this shorter medium. The line includes both established authors and those just making their debut, and has included a number of authors from diverse backgrounds. The resulting line is full of interesting and different stories from authors both familiar and new. This column […]

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The Malice by Peter Newman

The Malice by Peter Newman
4.5

Peter Newman has followed up his remarkable debut The Vagrant with another exceptional tale, The Malice. In The Vagrant, Newman flouted convention with a present tense story of a protagonist who was not only mute, but whose point of view we never saw. Newman decided that we would only know his eponymous hero by his […]

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Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray

Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray
5

Bloodline is best novel of the new Star Wars unified continuity. It’s certainly one of the best Princess Leia tales ever told. Steeped in the myth, lore and continuity of the Star Wars films (all seven of them…) while remaining fresh and fiercely individual, Bloodline exists as a novel set in the Star Wars universe. […]

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Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay

Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay
3.5

Children of Earth and Sky, Guy Gavriel Kay’s 13th novel, interweaves several individual tales into a larger story highlighting the pain and opportunity and fragility of living between clashing empires in an alternate Renaissance Europe. Although Kay likes to say his books are histories that take a quarter-turn to the fantastic, in this case, he […]

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HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
4

“This is all it takes for people to plunge into insanity: one night alone with themselves and what they fear most.” Witches have a long history running through folklore, myth and fable, through the fairy tale and into modern fantasy and horror. As such they tap into a deep and primal well of our fears […]

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