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Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar appears in the following:

'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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No Paper Tiger, This 'Menagerie' Is Full Of Fierce Feeling

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Ken Liu's new The Paper Menagerie collects 15 of his Hugo and Nebula Award-winning stories. Critic Amal El-Mohtar calls it "stupendously good work" that strikes chords profound enough to hurt.

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'Borderline' Is Urban Fantasy With A Cinematic Punch

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Chances are, if you don't have firsthand acquaintance with neurodiversity, disability or mental illness, your ideas of what they can look like come from films or books that get made into films. This is certainly true of me: I first learned about autism and schizophrenia from films that grossly misrepresented ...

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Catch This 'Midnight Taxi' To A Magical Brooklyn

Thursday, January 07, 2016

I picked up Daniel José Older's Midnight Taxi Tango without having read its preceding volumes — partly to see how well it stands alone, and partly on the strength of last year's Shadowshaper, which left me hungry for more of Older's voices, his families, and for a Brooklyn that was ...

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Sooty 'Lungdon' Is A Breathlessly Exciting Finale

Thursday, November 19, 2015

I have read the conclusion to Edward Carey's Iremonger trilogy and am left a bit breathless, which on the whole is a good thing, as this is a sooty, choking, lung-blackening sort of book, and reading it with held breath is probably safest.

The Iremonger family is an odd lot, ...

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All Hail The Glow Cloud: 'Night Vale' Welcomes Readers

Thursday, October 22, 2015

In Night Vale, time is out of joint, memories are unreliable, and pink flamingo garden ornaments might do you serious harm. Cecil Palmer, the honey-voiced host of the community radio program, is as likely to begin narrating your every action as he is to inform you about the community calendar ...

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Fan Fiction Comes To Life In 'Carry On'

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

In preparing for this review I found myself searching for the opposite of "meta" — something that would mean below as well as above. Because in Carry On, Rainbow Rowell has written the book inside her other book, which was inspired by books outside her book, and it would be ...

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'Baru Cormorant' Will Catch You Unawares

Sunday, September 27, 2015

This book is a tar pit, and I mean that as a compliment.

To read The Traitor Baru Cormorant is to sink inexorably into a book that should not be anywhere near as absorbing as it is — to realize that the white-knuckled grip with which you hold it ...

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'Step Aside, Pops' Lampoons History With Humor And Wit

Friday, September 18, 2015

Reviewing books of humor is a tricky business; whether a joke succeeds or fails is a profoundly individual matter, about as straightforward to analyze as a sneeze. For instance, for no reason either of us can entirely explain, my husband's favourite panel from a Kate Beaton comic is one of ...

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Cities Of Bone And Flights Of Fancy In 'Updraft'

Thursday, September 10, 2015

As a regular reader of fantasy fiction, I get used to seeing genre conventions established, repeated, played with and turned on their head — but regardless of how they're treated the conventions are always there, a low drone behind whatever music an author's making. A dragon contains a piece of ...

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'Sorcerer' Is A Delightful Romp With Deep, Solid Roots

Thursday, September 03, 2015

There are several ways in which Zen Cho's Sorcerer to the Crown invites comparison with Susanna Clarke's best-selling, BBC-adapted Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell: It features squabbling English magicians, a Regency setting and a mysterious decline in English magic attributed at least in part to difficult relations with capricious fairies. ...

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