Short Review: The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories, Volume 2

James D. Jenkins and Ryan Cagle, editors. The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories, Volume 2. Valancourt, 2022. Genre tags: horror, world literature, short stories. This is the anticipated sequel to the first volume, which brought a broader range of previously untranslated global horror fiction to an anglophone audience than any previous publication. My full … Continue reading Short Review: The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories, Volume 2

Short Review: Civilizations by Laurent Binet

Laurent Binet. Civilizations. Translated by Sam Taylor. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021. Genre tags: alternate history, colonization, Inca empire, early modern Europe. French writer Laurent Binet’s newest novel, Civilizations, is the rare attempt to write alternate history as it happens, meticulously, day by day. It takes formal licenses by imitating literary styles contemporaneous to the … Continue reading Short Review: Civilizations by Laurent Binet

Short Review: Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey by Gordon Doherty

Gordon Doherty. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. Ace, 2018. Genre tags: historical fantasy, ancient Greece, franchise novel. All readers come to novels with a purpose. One of the key values of franchise novels, whether film or game adaptations or continuations of those stories (as in the hundreds of Star Wars and Star Trek novels), is that they … Continue reading Short Review: Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey by Gordon Doherty

Short Review: The Blue Fox by Sjón

Sjón. The Blue Fox. Translated by Victoria Cribb. Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2013. Genre tags: historical fantasy, folklore, Iceland, disability history. Sjón is Iceland's best known contemporary author, widely read in English translation and celebrated for his weird, fairy-tale-esque, and often experimental fiction that blends the concerns of global society with Icelandic history and folk … Continue reading Short Review: The Blue Fox by Sjón

Short Review: Whisper by Chang Yu-Ko

Chang Yu-Ko. Whisper. Translated by Roddy Flagg. Honford Star, 2021. Genre tags: horror (folk horror), East Asia (Taiwan, Japan, China), history (Japanese colonization), Indigenous peoples (Bunun). Taiwanese doctor-turned-writer Chang Yu-Ko's debut novel Whisper (trans. by Roddy Flagg and published in English by Honford Star, an indie publisher devoted to bringing Asian fiction to the Anglophone … Continue reading Short Review: Whisper by Chang Yu-Ko