Before I get to the year's first reviews, the big news at Strange Horizons this week is that the magazine's blog is switching to full-time activity (whereas before it published mainly to advertise the magazine's yearly fund drive). Editor in chief Niall Harrison has already got some posts up, as well as an editorial detailing other changes in the magazine's publishing schedule (while at the same time getting ready to hand over the reigns to Torque Control to Vector's incoming editor Shana Worthen and its reviews editor Martin Lewis), and I will hopefully have something up there this weekend. You can follow the blog on RSS, and it's also syndicated on LJ, and while we're at it, here are the RSS and LJ links for the reviews feed as well.
On to the week's reviews: as has become traditional, the reviews department rings in the new year by looking back at the previous one. We asked our reviewers what their favorite, and least favorite, genre-related things in 2010 were, and I think the answers give an interesting and pretty accurate snapshot of the department's focus and interests. Farah Mendlesohn's review of Nnedi Okorafor's Who Fears Death appeared on Wednesday, and was significantly less positive than the book's reception elsewhere has been (see also Jonathan McCalmont's review at The Zone). Balancing that out is Richard Larson, who is over the moon about Paul Tremblay's short story collection In the Mean Time, which was also one of his picks for best genre-related thing of 2010.