Dreamsnake: A Review of a Review

Review of Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre  By COYLE NEAL Despite winning both the Hugo (1979) and Nebula (1978) awards, despite the fact that it’s incredibly well-written with a fast-paced plot set in a deeply imaginative world, and despite the fact that it is one of the most thoughtful expositions of second-wave feminism ever turned into [Read More...]

A Dark and Stormy Night…

Review of Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child By COYLE NEAL A series of murders haunts the New York Museum of Natural History’s “Superstition” exhibition before it even opens. A primeval Amazonian terror stalks the labyrinthine corridors of the ancient edifice, and it’s up to an unlikely cast of characters to find the beast [Read More...]

There and Back Again

Review of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Reviewed by PAUL D. MILLER I first visited Middle Earth when I was in middle school. I owned a thick, dark yellow copy of The Hobbit (1937). It smelled musty and old, which is just right for a book like this. Like many a ten-year-old, I fell under the spell [Read More...]

This is the way the world ends…

Review of Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter Miller By COYLE NEAL The unthinkable has happened. Civilization has been eliminated by nuclear war. Following the war, the survivors blamed the disaster on intellectuals, and in the “great simplification,” books were burned and the well-educated were lynched. Only in the monasteries did reading and writing live on—and [Read More...]

We the Underpeople

Review of We the Underpeople by Cordwainer Smith By COYLE NEAL The year is 15,000 A.D, and humanity is perfect. People live for four hundred years in perfect health, and die a perfectly peaceful and perfectly happy death when their time is up. All hard work is done by devoted robots and loving “underpeople”—human-like versions [Read More...]

City at the End of Time

Review of City at the End of Time by Greg Bear By COYLE NEAL  “For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” –Hebrews 11:10 What does this verse mean to a non-Christian? That’s the question engaged by Greg Bear in City at the End of Time. Basically, [Read More...]

Tehanu

Review of Tehanu by Ursula Le Guin By COYLE NEAL I think that Ursula Le Guin must be a desperately unhappy person. Not only is she one of the few female science fiction/fantasy writers out there (I want to say she was the only one when she started, but that might be a lie), but [Read More...]

Night Watch

Review of Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko By ALEXIS NEAL Years before emotionally stunted vampires first sparkled in idyllic mountain meadows, bloodthirsty creatures of the night stalked the streets of Moscow in search of human prey—and they are not the only ones.  To the vampires, shape shifters, and dark sorcerers of the world, humans are [Read More...]

The Battle for America’s Soul in American Gods

Review of American Gods by Neil Gaiman By JULIA POLESE Neil Gaiman’s American Gods hit all the right buttons. Gaiman himself described it as an “American phantasmagoria,” an extraordinarily apt descriptor (See the interview with Gaiman in the 10th anniversary edition). It’s a fantasy novel with deep philosophical underpinnings, a healthy dollop of whimsy, and [Read More...]


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