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NPR Reviews: Can Xue’s FRONTIER & Cherie Priest’s BRIMSTONE

My reviewing schedule has had to slow down a bit recently, what with comps reading and teaching, but here are a couple that have recently appeared on NPR. First, Can Xue’s Frontier, translated by Karen Gernant and Chen Zeping: Pebble Town is … Continue reading

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Reviews & Reviewed: Praise for Sequels and also Djinn

Two quick items of news today! First, my March column for Lightspeed is now available online, talking about how and why so many sequels last year were wonderful, with special focus on Mishell Baker’s Phantom Pains and N. K. Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate.  Second, The … Continue reading

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NPR Review: THE DREAM-QUEST OF VELLITT BOE by Kij Johnson

My review of Kij Johnson’s The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe is up at NPR Books today! Reading it was — appropriately — a trip. Here’s a bit of the review: This book held me spellbound from start to finish. It put me … Continue reading

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NPR Review: THE PAPER MENAGERIE by Ken Liu

Ah, this book. This review was very hard to write. Reviews are usually relatively simple work for me; I read a book, and as I’m reading it I figure out the things it’s doing and what I want to say about … 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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NPR Review: LAGOON by Nnedi Okorafor

My review of Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon went up this morning. Here’s a bit of it: Lagoon absolutely teems with characters, perspectives, and Englishes. Everything about it is diverse and varied: In structure it feels part oral tradition, part theater, part screenplay, … Continue reading

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Rocket Talk + Fulcrum Interview

A couple of weeks ago, at Justin Landon’s invitation, I had a long, rambly, hilarious, intense conversation with him and Natalie Luhrs over Ethics in Literary Journalism (for real). Justin Landon is, however, an absolutely brilliant curator of people’s speech, … Continue reading

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