Saturday, May 28, 2011
Strange Horizons Reviews, May 23-27
This week's reviews kick off with Matt Cheney's fascinating take on Gary K. Wolfe's essay collection Evaporating Genres, in which Matt discusses his own expectations from reviewing and criticism, and the difficulties those expectations caused him in appreciating Wolfe's book. Duncan Lawie is pleased with Aliette do Bodard's Harbinger of the Storm, the sequel to Servant of the Underworld, which is set in the same universe as the Hugo-nominated novelette "The Jaguar House, in Shadow." Nader Elhefnawy considers David Wingrove's Son of Heaven, a prequel volume to the Chung Kuo alternate history sequence, and finds it less exciting than the books that follow it and touched with a vein of Sinophobia that they managed to ameliorate.