Sofia Samatar makes her Strange Horizons debut this week with a fascinating review of Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud's collection A Life on Paper, a volume that seeks to introduce this much-lauded French author to the English-reading public. Niall Harrison looks at another literary zombie novel, Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion, which he argues is unique for combining the horror of post-apocalyptic zombie stories with the rarer strand of zombie romance. Finally, Matt Hilliard is of two minds about Brent Hayward's The Fecund's Melancholy Daughter, impressed by its technical achievements but wondering about the whole they amount to.
This week also sees the latest entry in John Clute's column Scores. This month, John takes a look at two urban fantasy anthologies in the slim hope of finding stories in them that actually talk about the urban setting.