Ruthanna Emrys Interview – Deep Roots
 

Ruthanna Emrys

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How Ideas Become Stories

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Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
 

Kings of the Wyld

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Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
4.5

Looking at the list of genres above, it’s clear that I had difficulties categorizing Jeff VanderMeer’s Borne. But I suppose that is what the New Weird is all about. Although there is some disagreement over the precise nature of the genre, it seems to be a sort of mashing together of speculative elements to produce […]

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – Book Review

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – Book Review
5

When I kicked off the Fantastic Literature column, I mentioned that Hulu was producing a series based on Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. And that television show has helped spur a renaissance around the 1985 book, with libraries seeing waitlists for the book run a mile long, and the iconic costumes popping up at state […]

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The Rift by Nina Allan

The Rift by Nina Allan
5

“Remember when we were small, Selena, the worlds we made? I was happy then, at home in the world in a way I’ve never been since. Perhaps it was my dis-ease with the world that lost me my place in it.” “No book is completely true or completely a lie. A famous philosopher at the […]

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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
4.5

Welcome to the inaugural column for the new series Fantastic Literature. As part of this series, I hope to explore new and new-to-me writers and works of literary fiction that include genre elements. Just like the bookshelves in most bookstores, the two categories are often considered to be miles apart. And fans of each category […]

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Slipping by Lauren Beukes

Slipping by Lauren Beukes
4

Slipping by Lauren Beukes is a collection of previously published short stories and nonfiction. Having read—and loved—two of her novels, The Shining Girls and Broken Monsters, I jumped at the chance to read this collection. Everything I liked about her novels I found here: dark and unsettling imagery, relationships forming and exploding, clever turns of […]

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A City Dreaming by Daniel Polansky

A City Dreaming by Daniel Polansky
4

A City Dreaming by Daniel Polansky is the story of M, a very old and very powerful magician, who has returned to New York City after some time away. Although he’d much rather spend his time getting drunk, getting high, and getting laid, he can’t avoid taking a subway train through hell, sidestepping into a […]

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The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
3

British writer Kazuo Ishiguro is widely celebrated for his literary fiction, including the Man Booker Prize-winning Remains of the Day (1989), and more recently his sci-fi sampling Never Let Me Go (2005), which saw a film adaptation by Mark Romanek in 2010. Ten years after his last novel, The Buried Giant (2015) saw Ishiguro once […]

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The Year of the Ladybird by Graham Joyce

The Year of the Ladybird by Graham Joyce
5

It is 1976, the hottest summer in England since records began, and a young man called David is about to start work at a holiday camp close to the seaside town of Skegness. Under skies that are bright and cloudless, David helps to entertain holidaymakers of all ages, whether it be judging the quality of […]

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Class Warfare: Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Literary Fiction

Class Warfare: Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Literary Fiction 

The line drawn between so-called literary fiction and genre fiction has always irked me. As I embarked upon a re-read of the first two volumes of Lev Grossman’s frustrating Magicians trilogy, this issue resurfaced. Grossman’s books have, for reasons that boggle my mind, sparked a debate about just what constitutes literature. As the final book […]

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The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
4

If you’ve come into contact with any of David Mitchell’s work before, you’ll be well-acquainted with the sort of genre-switching, time-slipping, scene-shifting fiction that the author is best known for. A film adaptation by the Wachowski siblings in 2012 brought his lauded tapestry of souls, Cloud Atlas, to a wider audience. 2014 heralds the debut […]

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The Woman Who Thought She Was A Planet And Other Stories by Vandana Singh

The Woman Who Thought She Was A Planet And Other Stories by Vandana Singh
3.25

Less traditional fantasy and more subtle speculative fiction, Vandana Singh’s collection of short stories The Woman Who Thought She Was A Planet ranges far and wide over the fertile ground of India’s rigid traditionalism, puncturing targets like religion and domesticity with a series of intriguing departures from reality. Set for the most part in modern […]

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Weight by Jeanette Winterson

Weight by Jeanette Winterson
3.75

Weight is, at its heart, a re-imagining of the myth of Atlas and Heracles (also known as Hercules in Rome and the modern west). As punishment for siding with Cronos against Zeus, Atlas has been compelled to carry the weight of the celestial sphere upon his back. Heracles, the only other strong enough to shoulder […]

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