Friday, April 22, 2011
Strange Horizons Reviews, April 18-22
This week's reviews kick off with Nic Clarke's look at the first two volumes in Juliet E. McKenna's new trilogy, Blood in the Water and Banners in the Wind, in which Nic finds an interesting counterpoint to the much-discussed reactionary tendency of epic fantasy, as the novels describe a popular rebellion against a restrictive aristocratic class in a fantasy kingdom. Matt Hilliard makes his Strange Horizons debut with a review of Gene Wolfe's Home Fires, a novel about a couple reconnecting in the wake of war and time dilation, which Matt finds more accessible and more successful than much of Wolfe's recent work. Less positive is Paul Kincaid in his review of Fredrik Pohl's All the Lives He Led, which Paul finds muddled, especially in its handling of the subject of terrorism.