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SFRevu covers Shimmer Vol. 3, issue 1

Sam Tomaino, at SFRevu, gives the current issue of Shimmer a a glowing review. A teaser: The editors of Shimmer have put together another fine issue, well worth your support.

Review: Scenting the Dark

Michele Lee’s Book Love has nice things say about “Scenting the Dark.” Mary Robinette Kowal’s “Scenting the Dark” (Apex Online-Aug. 24) is enchanting, if not for the story itself, then for the intriguing use of a blind main character. An apt metaphor for a human exploring a new planet with only a few supports, this …

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The Fix | Clarkesworld Magazine, #21, June 2008

Scott M. Sandridge at The Fix reviewed Clarkesworld Magazine, #21, which included my story “Clockwork Chickadee.” …don’t let the surface innocence of the story fool you. Kowal delves into shades of gray and exposes the grayness in a fairy-tale style trapping often used (at least in modern times) to compare the usual black-and-white view of …

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Shortbits reviews Clockwork Chickadee

Shortbits reviewed Clockwork Chickadee and closed with this line. This is a fun little steampunk parable whose apparent moral lesson (pride comes before the fall) is somewhat subverted by the cold, calculated nature of Chickadee’s schemes. What’s interesting to me is that I thought about putting an actual moral at the end, but decided not …

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Bibliophile Stalker reviews Twenty Epics

Check out the review that Charles Tan did over at Bibliophile Stalker of Twenty Epics He gave the anthology a 4 out of 5. Mary Robinette Kowal’s “Bound Man” was another favorite, everything from its Asian flavor, strong protagonist, and the enjoyable fight scene.

Adventures in Reading reviews The Clockwork Chickadee

Clarkesworld does the very smart thing of making electronic advance review copies available for the magazine. Joe Sherry at Adventures in Reading reviewed “The Clockwork Chickadee” and includes what is my now my favorite compliment ever. The story is, in turn, playful and charming, well thought out and deliberate, and Kowal appears to have written …

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SF Signal review The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume 2

SF Signal The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume 2 edited by George Mann and gives it an overall favorable rating. Mary Robinette Kowal’s “Evil Robot Monkey” is an affecting snapshot in the life of a chimp with an implant in his head that increases his intelligence. Unfortunately for him, that lands him in …

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The Horror Library Blog-O-Rama: The Horror of Women

Jason Sizemore is the guest blogger on The Horror Library’s Blog-O-Rama. He’s talking about three women of horror that he knows and has included me. He opens my section with this: Mary Robinette Kowal is better than you. No, she doesn’t think this. ((I don’t.)) And she’ll kill me for making such a statement. ((Yes, …

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The Fix reviews The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: Volume 2

The Fix gave a lovely favorable review to The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: Volume 2, edited by George Mann. It included this bit: Mary Robinette Kowal’s “Evil Robot Monkey,” the shortest piece in this anthology, is a smart tale about monkeys with implants and a cautionary tale of how intelligence can sometimes be …

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The Fix reviews Shimmer, Vol 2, Issue 4, “The Art Issue”

This is Shimmer’s first review at The Fix and so far I’m pleased. It’s nice to have another short fiction review venue, especially one that doesn’t pull punches. Save for the first story, which was written based on the cover illustration, the art and the stories they inspired are printed together. Unfortunately, this means the …

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The Guardian reviews Solaris Book of New SF

The Guardian has a review of Solaris’s Book of New Science Fiction which opens with this line. Early in 2007 the science-fiction imprint Solaris marked its launch with The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction. A year later, editor George Mann returns with a follow-up, this time featuring strong stories from Kay Kenyon, Michael Moorcock, …

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