Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar appears in the following:

The Charm Of 'Spoonbenders' Is No Cheap Trick

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Daryl Gregory's new novel spans decades in the life of the Amazing Telemachus Family — a con-man, card-sharping patriarch and his troublesome psychic children, whose powers haven't helped them any.

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'The Changeling' Is, Itself, A Changeling Of A Book

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Victor LaValle's story of a rare book dealer whose life is torn apart after his wife commits an act of violence and vanishes is by turns enchanting, horrifying, infuriating and heartbreaking.

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'Mormama' Is A House Built On Quicksand

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Kit Reed's would-be Southern Gothic chiller starts strong, with an amnesiac man stumbling into a house haunted by family secrets — but is ultimately undone by issues of plot, pacing and voice work.

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Hip, Hippo Hooray For 'River Of Teeth'

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sarah Gailey's alternate-history romp takes place in a United States that went ahead with a wild plan to farm hippos for meat. It's a delightful read that suffers only from being too short.

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'A Face Like Glass' Is A Magical, Perfectly Ticking Machine Of A Tale

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Frances Hardinge's new novel is set in a wondrous underground city where crafts can be magic and the people are born with faces like blank canvas; they must purchase each new expression at great cost.

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'The Pearl Thief' Is Part Murder Mystery, Part Coming-Of-Age Tale

Thursday, May 04, 2017

In this prequel to Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein creates a charming, compelling heroine who, along with a diverse supporting cast, must solve the mystery of a disappearance on her parents' estate.

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'Brimstone' Burns Brightly, Despite A Few Flaws

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Set in a real Florida town with a real history of devastating fires, Cherie Priest's Brimstone is a deeply loving story about a witch and a grieving veteran with a strange connection to the fires.

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Find Your Way Across This Misty, Mysterious 'Frontier'

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Can Xue's book is hard to describe, much less explain — there's a town, and a mountain, and a poplar grove, and a host of people just trying to connect in a world of absent-minded strangeness.

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A Spacefarer's Next Great Adventure Begins At 'Home'

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Nnedi Okorafor's Binti: Home is the second installment in her series following a young woman with grand interstellar dreams, who now must reconcile her university experiences with her home culture.

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'The Bear And The Nightingale' Is A Rich Winter's Tale

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Katherine Arden's new novel deftly weaves Russian fairy tales with tactile details to create a gorgeously wintry tale of magic, marred slightly by a clunky ending that's clearly setting up sequels.

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'Iraq + 100' Is Painful, But Don't Look Away

Saturday, December 10, 2016

This new anthology of science fiction and fantasy, edited by Hassan Blasim, imagines Iraq 100 years after the invasion of 2003. Harrowing, necessary, often beautiful, it resists comfort and catharsis.

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'Certain Dark Things' Is A Compelling New Take On Vampires

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Silvia Moreno-Garcia's new novel is set in a realistic, multidimensional Mexico City, where a young human boy meets a mysterious girl and gets caught up in a whirlwind of vampire-gang drug wars.

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The Humor In 'Crosstalk' Gets Lost In The Hubbub

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Connie Willis' near-future tale of oversharing gone wrong follows a woman whose fiance wants to get an empathy-inducing brain operation for couples. The book aims for frothy farce, but falls flat.

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'Wall Of Storms' Sweeps Away Your Expectations, Brilliantly

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Ken Liu's even more epic followup to last year's epic fantasy The Grace of Kings picks up several years after the first book, with a completely new and fascinating set of characters and conflicts.

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'Everfair' Looks Into Steampunk's Dark Heart

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Nisi Shawl's new alternative history novel imagines a group of socialists and missionaries who found a new nation — Everfair — as a safe haven for those fleeing Belgian atrocities in the Congo.

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Everything Has Meaning In The Dream World Of 'Vellitt Boe'

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Kij Johnson's new novella follows an unlikely adventurer (and a small black cat) through a world built of dreams. It's a wonder-quest that will hold you spellbound from start to finish.

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Riveting 'Obelisk Gate' Shatters The Stillness

Thursday, August 18, 2016

N.K. Jemisin continues the story of the Stillness — a world constantly rocked by quakes, and the rare, gifted people who can control them — in a second volume even more engrossing than the first.

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'Icon' Keeps The Shutters Clicking And The Danger Growing

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

We first met diplomat Suyana Sapaki in Persona; she was a C-lister in a world where statecraft and celebrity are interchangeable. But now she's on the rise — and the stakes are getting higher, too.

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Stars Tell The Story Of This Fairy Tale-Inspired 'Queen'

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Roshani Chokshi's smooth and assured debut draws on folk and fairy tales — Bluebeard, Persephone, Beauty and the Beast — for the story of a young girl whose ominous horoscope sends her on a journey.

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Reading Between Worlds With Griffin And Sabine

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Nick Bantock returns to his epistolary lovers in a new volume, The Pharos Gate. In an age of instantaneous digital communication, Griffin and Sabine celebrate the pleasures of paper and ink.

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