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Review Archives - Amazing Stories

The BlackSci-Fi.com Online Campaign Corner/ BLACK GHOSTS: AYA Fantasy Book About...

At heart, Slixx is a young ghost who loves jokes and pranks

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: The Light at...

The two biggest draws for the first book in Shah’s new series are setting and characters. Shah is a remarkable worldbuilder, with a keen sense of when and how much information to parcel out. Underwater London is both familiar and fantastical

Review: What’s Bred in the Bone by Jan S. Gephardt

The divide between human and canine is narrowed in the novel What’s Bred in the Bone. As author Jan S. Gephardt rewrites the definition of a hero.

In Space, No One Can Hear You Pray: Sisters of the...

Power is a helluva thing. Those who have it will do anything to keep it, and those who want it will do everything to take it.

Non-Spoiler Review of Brandon Sanderson’s Starsight

Last year, Brandon Sanderson launched readers into a new world with Skyward, the story of Spensa (callsign: Spin), M-Bot, and the Defiant Defense Force (DDF). On November 26, everyone will have the chance to find out where the next stage of Spensa’s journey will take us in the highly anticipated sequel, Starsight. 

Review: Iron Sky The Coming Race

A review of Iron Sky's sequel - The Coming Race.

Of Bees & Books: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Starless Sea is a love story, an epic love letter to the art of storytelling and to the power of stories.

Apple TV+ Debuts. What Are the Critics Saying? BONUS FEATURE:...

PLOT REVEALS OF TWO EPISODES OF THE UPCOMING AMAZING STORIES!!! Plus some of the reviews are in for Apples new streaming service. It's being met with a resounding "Meh".

The Dark, Soulwalking Fantasy of Beyond the Black Door by A.M....

The asexual and specific transgender experiences explored in this novel are not mine, but they are valid. As Strickland has mentioned themself, some readers may find the renderings of these experiences uncomfortable, and some may find them helpful and vindicating.

CLUBHOUSE: Review: The War Beneath: The Rise of Oceania, a techno-thriller...

Twenty-nine underwater cities dot the world’s continental coastal shelves, along with hundreds of deep-sea mining and research facilities. Ten million people live beneath the sea

Review: Lost Acre by Andrew Caldecott

The Fantasy novel Lost Acre by Andrew Caldecott is a book one might attempt to read as a stand-alone, but it does beg the reader to go all-in and start the trilogy from the beginning.

Across the Dark Horizon by Tagan Shepard: Book Review

A prison riot on the Moon. Don't need to say much more.

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Trans Space Octopus Congregation, by Bogi Takács

Cephalopods build alliances and research their past, Jewish shapeshifters speak to extraterrestrial planetminds, and Hungarian horse archers summon ancient terrors.

The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz: Book Review

You like the tea, you like the AI Barista, so what's not to like?

Marissa Meyer’s Renegades Trilogy is Riveting Superhero Fiction

Aaaah, the complexities of maintaining a secret identity

Review: The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Vol. 4

Shout out to Gardner Dozois and Neil Clarke


Steve reviews the 70th Anniversary Issue of F&SF and finds it good. Excellent, in fact. There’s still time to read the issue before the Nov./Dec. one comes out!

In Cixin Liu’s Supernova Era, Kids Inherit the Earth (for Better...

Do all children who survive an apocalypse have to become creepy kids?

Far Apart, Close By: Homesick by Nino Cipri

The original novella, “Before We Disperse Like Star Stuff,” delves into questions of archeology, preservation, respect for the land and for remains, and cultural appropriation versus education versus access.

The Goddesses Are the Future: The Never Tilting World by Rin...

“A demoness is what men call a goddess they cannot control.”

A Jolt of Power: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Ninth House is a story about power—who has it and who wants it.

Adding Complexity to Pulp: The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl...

The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl is the latest of Theodora Goss' 19th-century-pulp-inspired volumes


After a delay, Steve finally finishes his review of Volume 1 of Anthony Boucher’s Treasury of Great Science Fiction from 1959. Surprisingly, most of these 60-plus-year-old stories still hold up!

My Gift Was Memory: On Ta-Nehisi Coates’s The Water Dancer

With The Water Dancer, Coates’s first full-length novel, a story about slavery and a superpower, we pay witness to a writer unchained.

Science Fantasy in SPAAAACE: K Eason’s How Rory Thorne Destroyed the...

How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multivers takes a classic fantasy script—of a royal daughter being given gifts by Faeries and the consequences thereof–and upends it right from the get go

The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum by Cynthia Ward: Book Review

Lucy Harker is the secret daughter of Dracula. As a dhampir, she uses her powers in service of the British Empire

DEREK FLINT RETURNS! (But only in this column….)

In this slightly revised version of his 85th column, Steve revisits an old cinematic friend, and the best spy who ever broke out of the cold! All he can say is “ZOWIE!”

Robert Jordan’s Warrior of the Altaii: Non-SpoilerReview

Warrior of the Altaii was a novel Robert Jordan wrote around 1977 but was never published in his lifetime

Film Review: Joker

Critics are being critical and audiences are buying tickets. Meanwhile, police are patrolling outside theaters. The real question is - has DC decided to stake out supervillian territory?

CLUBHOUSE: Review: augur magazine #5 (literary fantasy mag)

This magazine is all fantasy: The issue was fun to read. Full of good writing and evocative imagery.