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Review: Six-Gun Snow White

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Review: Six-Gun Snow White

Love is the color of blood. Love is what grown folk do to each other because the law frowns on killing…

I read the description for Six Gun Snow White on Goodreads: “…Valente transports the title’s heroine to a masterfully evoked Old West…” and thought, oh well, I’m not much of a fan of Westerns, maybe I’ll just pass on this one. And then I laughed and laughed, and bought the novella anyway. I haven’t read even one story from Catherynne Valente that I haven’t liked; I think she could write the labels on sugar packets and I’d still want to read them. And if this had been just a simple translation of the Snow White fairy tale into the Old West (substitute six-shooters for swords, outlaws for dwarves, and make everyone wear period clothing), it still would have been a fun read. But this is Valente, so the end result is much, much more complicated.

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Review: Sandkings – A collection of short stories by George R.R. Martin

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Review: Sandkings – A collection of short stories by George R.R. Martin

If you follow many of the posts on Pixelated Geek (and, you know, own a computer and have access to the internet) you’re probably already aware that the new season of Game of Thrones starts on April 6. Obviously that means the Tumblr posts, plot speculations, and the rivalry between fans of the TV series and fans of the books (not getting into that, thanks) will all be reaching a fever pitch over the next couple of months. With that in mind, it might be helpful to take a breather, step back for a bit, and remember that while George R.R. Martin’s magnum opus first started in 1996, the man has been writing professionally since 1971. There are a lot of his works out there. Some of them, like this short-story collection, have been out of print for a while, but they’re definitely worth hunting for.

If you love Martin’s The Song of Ice and Fire series, if you can’t wait for the next one to be released or the next season of the TV show to start, and you want to spend all your time re-reading the series and reading anything that reminds you of it, then Sandkings…is probably not for you. This book is nothing like that.

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Review: Shadows From Norwood

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Review: Shadows From Norwood

Crazy people aren’t crazy all the time, you just have to know how to handle them. I’ve spent worse evenings. I don’t think I’ve spent weirder ones.

I was a little confused at first when I found Shadows From Norwood in the science fiction section, since it’s very obviously horror. And like a lot of my favorite horror stories, the stories here are inspired by HP Lovecraft; the author is a dedicated fan. But as a fan, David Hambling wanted to bring attention to the fact that Lovecraft wasn’t just a horror writer, he also followed the latest discoveries in science (a lot of them controversial at the time), and used them in his writing. Mr. Hambling wanted to create something that was closer to a true Lovecraftian work, instead of just a monster story with Cthulhu and the other Great Old Ones acting the part as monsters. And I think he’s succeeded.

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