Locus Magazine (February 2014)
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The February 2014 issue of the best critical magazine in the SFF scene.
This is the one that contains the Locus Recommende Reading lists and the looking back at last year essays by the main reviewers.
This one also has a long interview with Terry Pratchett.
Game, Orson Scott Card (Tor) 5) Dead and Gone, Charlaine Harris (Ace) 6) Storm Front, Jim Butcher (Ace) 7) Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (Del Rey) 8) The Eye of the World, Robert Jordan (Tor) 9) A Clash of Kings, George R.R. Martin (Spectra) 10) Furies of Calderon, Jim Butcher (Roc) TRADE PAPERBACKS 1) The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade) 2) The Magicians, Lev Grossman (Plume) 3) The Host, Stephenie Meyer (Back Bay Books) 4)
Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord, and The Last Page by Anthony Huso (not simply a droll homage to Gormenghast, though I like that aspect too). My list goes on. From a time within living memory for some of us – the ‘70s – comes Alex Bledsoe’s wild combination of period sleaze, Dixie and vampires, The Girls With Games of Blood. Both The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin and Midsummer Night by Freda Warrington bring an appealingly feminine perspective to characters in very different
‘‘The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window’’, a time spanning fantasy about a warrior woman doomed to be reawakened time and time again over the changing centuries. PS Publishing also continues to produce strong chapbooks. My favorites this year were Lavie Tidhar’s Pacific Island-flavored SF story, Cloud Permutations; and David Moles’s searing tale of a trip to darkest America in a Japan/Islam dominated alternate history, Seven Cities of Gold. The magazines also gave us
December 2010. Scott Phillips’s Rut is nearly impossible to talk about without also talking about the mode of its publication. Concord Free Press’ publishing model defies all of our expectations about what a publishing house should do, which is, ultimately, make money for itself and its editors and investors. Instead, Concord Free Press eschews the concept of financial gain. The books come out in limited runs – only 3,000 copies of Rut exist in this form – and are absolutely free. All the
Spells (Simon & Schuster 978-1-4424-1236-1, $17.99, 303pp, hc) Young-adult dark fantasy, a prequel to the Private series. Girls at the Billings School for Girls form a secret coven in 1915. Buchanan, Col Farlander (Tor 978-0-7653-3105-2, $24.99, 388pp, hc, cover by Steve Stone) Fantasy novel, the first book of the Heart of the World series. A first novel. First US edition (Tor UK 3/10). Butcher, Jim First Lord’s Fury (Ace 978-0-441-01962-5, $9.99, 759pp, pb, cover by Steve Stone) Reprint