Thursday, 07 July 2016 10:01

The peculiar institution in modern times

'Underground Airlines' a compelling, thought-provoking work

One of the dangers inherent to working in the realm of genre fiction is the undeniable appeal of certain tropes. These concepts have become a sort of literary shorthand, a familiar framework on which to hang a narrative.

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 11:16

Cult of personality - 'The Girls'

Long-awaited debut novel exceeds the hype

When a work of popular art a book, a movie, a television show, an album is subject to massive publicity in advance of its release, it can be nearly impossible for said work to live up to the hype. A bar set too high almost inevitably leads to disappointment.

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Debut novel a compelling, quality work of literary science fiction

One could argue that we're currently riding a wave of literary science fiction unlike any we've seen before. Genre tropes have been embraced by 'serious' writers in a way that has opened up seemingly endless possibilities and allowed for new ways to ask some of the age-old questions addressed by literature.

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Wednesday, 25 May 2016 12:28

Where there's Smoke'

Novel explores a world where sin cannot be hidden

I've long been a proponent of that subset of speculative fiction known as alternate history. There's so much wonderful potential in the notion of exploring the many differences that can spin off from a single fundamental change. And if that change introduces a fantastical element, so much the better.

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:15

Stadiums and sorcery The House of Daniel'

Novel brings together baseball, magic and the Great Depression

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Wednesday, 06 April 2016 11:37

Tuesday Nights in 1980'

Debut novel visits pivotal moment in NYC's art scene

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