Friday, November 26, 2010

Strange Horizons Reviews, November 22-26

This week on Strange Horizons, Paul Kincaid is very excited by Richard Powers's Generosity, a novel he calls "one of the most impressive and convincing novels about science I have encountered in a very long time" and much more besides.  Michael Froggatt reviews Believe in People, a collection of Karel Čapek's popular journalism.  Čapek is best-known in the English-speaking world for pioneering the use of 'robot' to describe an artificial worker in his play R.U.R (most recently reference in Dollhouse), but he was also writer (perhaps most notably of the hilarious and moving War With the Newts) and a journalist, and Froggatt discusses how this collection reveals his various interests and preoccupations, including politics, which, for a Czech writer in the years before WWII, was a fraught topic indeed.  Finally, Sara Polsky discusses King Maker, the first volume in Maurice Broaddus's proposed trilogy, which relocates the Arthurian myths to an American inner city, and finds the execution of this intriguing concept somewhat wanting.

Sorry about the recent dearth of proper content.  Getting acclimated at Strange Horizons has coincided with a bit of a dry spell in my reading and TV watching (or rather, there's a lot of TV that I plan to write about, but probably not until December when various seasons wrap up).  That will hopefully change in the coming weeks.

2 comments:

George Pedrosa said...

I can already smell a beatdown of The Walking Dead.

Yolanda Barker said...

Nice blog! I look forward to reading more :)

If you feel like browsing blogs, do check out mine. I'm a film maker and I have a film review blog over at http://barksonfilm.blogspot.com/. They're reviews from the perspective of someone who knows the background dynamics of film making, so they give a slightly different perspective.

Peace,

Yola

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