The reviews department rounds out the month with three reviews of odd, slipstream-y books. First out the gate is Niall Alexander who reviews Christopher Priest's The Islanders, his first novel in nearly a decade and, an almost indescribable work that is, at its most basic level, a travel guide to an archipelago that doesn't exist. Sofia Samatar follows up with a review of Yellowcake, Margo Lanagan's fourth short story collection, which maintains Lanagan's reputation of not being afraid of dark, gruesome material, and of doing new and unexpected things with it. Rounding out the month is Andy Sawyer with his review of Helen Oyeyemi's Mr Fox, a story about a love triangle between a writer, his wife, and the writer's imaginary muse that also recalls the folktales about the title character, a seducer and murderer of women.
The Strange Horizons fund drive is still going on and this week has had a major bump with calls for contributions from several major venues and many writers and readers posting testimonials about the magazine. Niall Harrison has several roundups of these posted at the Strange Horizons blog--1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Nevertheless, the drive is still just at half its target with only a short time left to run, so please consider contributing if you're able. The list of prizes that will be raffled off among contributors has also been updated.
Shoutout to Erin Hodges.