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NPR Reviews: IRAQ + 100, THE BEAR & THE NIGHTINGALE, BINTI: HOME

I’ve fallen behind on sharing these, so here’s a round-up of my last few reviews for NPR Books. Iraq + 100, edited by Hasan Blasim In a just world, every single person who was in favor of invading Iraq would have … Continue reading

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NPR Reviews: CROSSTALK by Connie Willis and WALL OF STORMS by Ken Liu

A couple of reviews of mine went up at NPR recently! Here are tastes of them. Crosstalk by Connie Willis If Crosstalk were a farce, I might be able to excuse the exhaustingly irritating representations of Irishness, throwaway lines about Moroccan … Continue reading

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NPR Review: EVERFAIR by Nisi Shawl

My review of Nisi Shawl’s much-anticipated steampunk alt-history novel Everfair is now up at NPR Books! Behold its stunning cover by Victo Ngai! Rejoice if you, like me, have been excited about this book’s creation for at least the last six years! Here’s a … Continue reading

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Verified! A Play in One Acct.

I can hardly even believe this happened! For those of you unfamiliar with Twitter, that little blue checkmark next to my name is the coveted VERIFIED badge, confirming that “an account of public interest is authentic.” My account is of … Continue reading

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NPR Review: THE OBELISK GATE by N. K. Jemisin

My review of N. K. Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate — the second novel in her Broken Earth series — is up at NPR Books! A taste: Beyond the meticulous pacing, the thorough character work, and the staggering ambition and revelations of the narration, Jemisin … Continue reading

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Reviews: THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi + May Lightspeed Column

May! It’s May! Never have I wanted to shout Mayday quite as earnestly as this past Sunday. New months oughtn’t to begin on the weekend; a week should be allowed the grace of ending without a new month beginning. How lovely … Continue reading

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Lightspeed Column: Language, Roads, Intersection

My Lightspeed column for March is now available online! In it I review Sofia Samatar’s The Winged Histories, Carlos Hernandez’ The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria, and Rose Lemberg’s Marginalia to Stone Bird. Here’s the logic of the assemblage: This month’s books contain … Continue reading

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NPR Reviews: MIDNIGHT TAXI TANGO by Daniel José Older and BORDERLINE by Mishell Baker

I have been remiss in posting about my NPR reviews as they go up! Here are excerpts from a couple of recent ones; my review of Ken Liu’s The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories goes up at the end of this week, but … Continue reading

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Lightspeed Column: RADIANCE, THE BURIED GIANT, BONE SWANS

My Lightspeed column for the December issue is now online! I take a look at Catherynne M. Valente’s Radiance, Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant, and CSE Cooney’s debut collection Bone Swans.  My rationale for reviewing these wonderfully varied books together is the strong fairy tale through-line … Continue reading

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NPR Review – LUNGDON by Edward Carey

First there was Heap House. Then there was Foulsham. Now the final volume of Edward Carey’s exceptional Iremonger trilogy has been released, and I’ve reviewed it for NPR Books. Lungdon is relentless. Peril piles on peril, points of view tilt and whirl, and … Continue reading

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