$18.00 (trade paperback)
Lee's powerful science fiction collection assembles 12 tales published
between 1979 and 2011, plus two originals. All of them showcase her strong,
entertaining, and often gorgeous writing. “The Beautiful Biting Machine”
packs an irresistible wallop as it describes a sensuous sideshow at the
Nightfair, a sort of giant carnival of dark desires. The werewolf myth
takes on a deep space element in “Moon Wolf,” in which Lee's prose is
lovely: “The ocean came in, sigh on sigh, quintessential sea, to solace the
onyx shore, under the solar light that did not glare any more but was
smooth as the taste of cream.” The intriguing “With a Flaming Sword” puts
an unusual spin on the story of Adam and Eve (in a manner that might
fluster Biblical literalists). “Written in Water” also tackles creation
myths, with a far grimmer outcome. This is a solid grouping of stories that
deserves a broad audience.
—Publishers Weekly May 6, 2013.
$16.00 (trade paperback)
These trippy, cutting 24 stories, chosen by SF/F grande dame Le Guin from
a collection of 36 originally published in Romanian in 1975, inevitably
draw comparisons to Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities. Both explore
society and human psyche through architectural descriptions of imaginary
cities, but Săsărman's masterfully crafted prose poems feel more
immediate, serving as spellbinding descriptions of architectural
impossibilities as well as slyly subversive social commentary.
—Publishers Weekly March 11, 2013.
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Richard Bowes' collection of modern Fairy Tales, their Fantasy offspring, and their legendary ancestors presents eight of his stories including “The Lady of Wands,” in which a Fey cop tells her story, that appears here for the first time. Also original to this book is Bowes’ afterword, “A Secret History of Small Books,” which traces the path of Fairy Tales as a refuge for women, gay/lesbian writers, and LGBT readers from the 17th century on.
Taber's debut novel presents an all-too-credible dystopic future world and,
in Jin, a complex character whose mind approaches the world and its
priorities in a very different way. The characterization of truly
genderless individuals—not androgynes or hermaphrodites—and the
portrayal of an approach to the world that is both ruthless and
compassionate make this an excellent candidate for book discussion groups
and provide strong evidence for the availability of significant genre
literature. Highly recommended.
Journal, starred review, March 15, 2013