literary fiction

What’s new with South Korean science fiction? 

There are new platforms! America has graphic novels; Japan has anime; and South Korea has web comics. Web-based comics known as ‘webtoons’ are popular. Thanks to Korea’s world’s fastest optic networks. Webtoons are the ideal comics, since they can also be read on smartphones. They are coloured cartoons that can also incorporate music, special effects, […]

Wicked Wonders Wicked Wonderful

In the battle between literary fiction and genre fiction, Ellen Klages belongs to both sides, as her engaging collection of short stories Wicked Wonders demonstrates.

You Don’t Know Dick

Who am I? Am I real? Is this real? Is this…Are you really reading a post on Amazing Stories, or is it all in your head?

2014: A Reading Odyssey – Part 1

a short recap of my 2014 in books. Where I reviewed a book for Amazing Stories I have provided a link to that review, and in one case to a related interview. So here, in chronological order, are the first 21 books I read in 2014.

Review: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The Bone Clocks consists of six linked novellas chronicling the life of one woman, Holly Sykes, from rebellious teenager in 1984, to grandmother in 2043. Each novella is narrated in the first person present tense, but only the opening and closing sections are see directly through Holly’s eyes. In the other four sections she is a character in someone else’s story. It is a strong framework on which to build a novel. Unfortunately Holly is not herself a particularly interesting person

The Goldfinch As Science Fiction

No, this is not a review of The Goldfinch, but a look at the way Tartt’s novel might be read as an accidental sort of science fiction. … Clearly Donna Tartt had no intention of writing a science fiction novel. There is nothing in the plot of The Goldfinch which is science-fictional. In fact it is the absence of anything science-fictional which is so striking, given that almost half the book is set in the near future.