Friday, February 18, 2011
Strange Horizons Reviews, February 14-18
This wasn't a conscious plan on my part, but it seems rather appropriate that on Valentine's Day, Strange Horizons should have run T.S. Miller's review of Robert Silverberg's The Last Song of Orpheus, a retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Miller finds Silverberg's retelling oddly cold, but his review is as much a discussion of the myth itself, of earlier, including medieval, versions of it, and of other retellings of myths by genre writers. Hannah Strom-Martin is a great deal more positive about David Moles's alternate history novella Seven Cities of Gold, whose only flaw, she concludes, is that it may be too clever, too layered, and too sophisticated for its own good. Kelly Jennings, on the other hand, is disappointed by Lois McMaster Bujold's Cryoburn, which, she concludes, teeters on the edge of engaging with issues of economic inequality and exploitation, but veers away in order to tell a fun, consequence-free adventure story.