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SFF180 — New YouTube Series

I am proud to present SFF180, the companion YouTube channel of In March 2015 it passed its first 1000 subscribers. The majority of new-release titles I review will now receive both written and video reviews. Classic and retro titles will mostly continue to recieve only written reviews.

MAILBAG MONDAY: Showcasing all new review copies received for each week.



  • New Sleeping Giants / Sylvain Neuvel (added 3/6/16)
    The discovery of a disassembled battle robot buried around the globe nearly 6000 years ago leads to troubling questions about humanity’s past, and puts the world in a precarious state of military brinksmanship.
  • New Radiance / Cathrynne M. Valente (added 2/29/16)
    In this difficult but often dazzling, art-deco, retro-future planetary romance, a young woman has vanished under mysterious circumstances while directing a documentary on Venus, and decades later the search goes on.
  • The Thing Itself / Adam Roberts Four stars (added 2/11/16)
    Can a washed-up physicist, his not-terribly-sane former colleague, and a rogue artificial intelligence crack through the barriers of time and space, solve the Fermi Paradox, and discover the true nature of the universe? Roberts' latest reads like the delirious love child of Philip K. Dick, Douglas Adams & Robert Ludlum.
  • All the Birds in the Sky / Charlie Jane Anders (added 2/4/16)
    She does magic, he does science, and they just might be perfect for each other if they don’t unwittingly destroy the world first. io9 editor Anders’ urban fantasy debut is brimming over with warmth, wit and humanity.
  • Last Song Before Night / Ilana C. Myer (added 1/4/16)
    In a land where only men are allowed to pursue music and poetry, a young female singer may be the only hope to restore magic to musicians and prevent evil sorcery from spreading a horrific plague.
  • This Census-Taker / China Miéville (added 11/23/15)
    A young boy living in a mountainside town fears that his father may be a brutal killer in this novella by the Hugo-winning New Weird superstar.
  • Walk on Earth a Stranger / Rae Carson Three and a half stars (added 10/6/15)
    In 1849, a young girl with the magical ability to detect gold heads west to California to escape the clutches of her parents' killer in this sweeping if uneven Wagons West epic that employs its fantasy elements sparingly.
  • The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps / Kai Ashante Wilson Two stars (added 9/12/15)
    A launch title for Publishing's novella line, this highly anticipated sword-and-sorcery mini-epic by Nebula/WFA nominee Wilson is a dismayingly murky, pretentious mess about a demigod protecting a merchant caravan. Not so much subversive as substandard.
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things / Patrick Rothfuss One and a half stars (added 9/8/15)
    Young Auri, living in an abandoned underground city, spends 150 pages doing nothing in particular. Patrick Rothfuss gives epic fantasy the Manic Pixie Dream Girl story it wasn’t asking for in this aimless, meandering novella even he admits should have been a trunk story.

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