Niall Harrison and Nic Clarke kick off this week's reviews with two views on the recently-concluded first season of Game of Thrones, Niall from the perspective of someone who hasn't read the books, and Nic as a fan of the series. Both end up with a mixture of praise and reservations. This is followed by two reviewer debuts: Nandini Ramachandran looks at M.D. Lachlan's Fenrir, the sequel to Wolfsangel, concluding that it is perhaps too similar to its prequel for comfort, and also wondering about the depiction of Vikings and the Norse myths in popular culture. Molly Tanzer, meanwhile, is disgusted, but in a good way, by Nick Mamatas's Sensation, a horror novel in which giant, super-intelligent spiders inhabit human bodies, but the true horror is to be found elsewhere.
Also, a reminder that the Strange Horizons fund drive is still going. This week there are some new prizes to be raffled off among contributors. Please consider donating or publicizing the fund drive.
Shoutout to Erin Hodges.