Book Review

The Apex Books Gateway Guide: The Apex Book of World SF

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Book Review | 0 comments

  The Apex Book of World SF, edited by Lavie Tidhar, features sixteen short stories from notable speculative fiction authors throughout the non-Anglophone world. To hint at the caliber of contributors, S.P. Somtow’s “The Bird Catcher,” which opens the anthology, won the World Fantasy Award. “Wizard World” by Yang Ping won China’s Galaxy Award. Other authors have won the Israeli Geffen Award, Australia’s Ditmar and Aurealis awards, the French Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, the Sfera Award, and the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award. Science fiction, fantasy and horror are all represented in The Apex Book of World SF. On...

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The Apex Books Gateway Guide: The Book of Apex Series

Posted by on Jul 2, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Book Review | 0 comments

by Janet Harriett The Book of Apex series collects the stories published each month online in Apex Magazine. The first two volumes are edited by Jason Sizemore covering the first two years of the magazine, and the third volume, released last week, is edited by Catherynne M. Valente and collects 31 stories from her fifteen issues at the magazine’s helm. The volumes showcase the talents of diverse short story authors across all edges of genre. The third volume skews more toward fantasy with less horror than the first two volumes, but all three have a mix of styles to accommodate many reading tastes. Recommendation The Book of Apex series is ideal for short story...

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The Apex Books Gateway Guide: Disintegration Visions by J.M. McDermott

Posted by on Jun 4, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Book Review | 0 comments

If I had to choose one book that embodies Apex’s new tag line “Strange. Beautiful. Shocking. Surreal.” it would be Disintegration Visions, which collects sixteen short stories by Crawford Award-winning author J.M. McDermott. The collection skews toward fantasy, of the surreal rather than S&S variety. Most of the stories are rooted in a recognizable modern-Earth setting, plus or minus a few years, with a few fantastical and surreal twists on reality. However, science fiction fans can find stories to love, too. “I Am Nature” and “Dave Jones and the Survivor” are both relatively near-future tales with dystopian elements, though...

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Apex Publishing seeks blog editor

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Book Review | 1 comment

It is with a heavy heart I announce that our blog editor, Sarah Peduzzi, has decided to move on. Sarah is yet another in a line of outstanding Apex blog editors that includes MG Ellington and Sarah Brandel. I am grateful and so very pleased by the job she has done. Thank you, Sarah! Fortunately, Sarah isn’t leaving Apex, just scaling back a bit. In truth, I simply couldn’t part with her! She’s taken a position as a part-time marketing editor and will play an important role in some HUGE things happening this year. Unfortunately, that means I need to find a new blog editor. A few things up front about the job… this is a non-currency position,...

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The Apex Books Gateway Guide: An Occupation of Angels by Lavie Tidhar

Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Book Review | 2 comments

An Occupation of Angels begins with the assassination of Raphael and drops the reader into the middle of a page-turning spy thriller narrated by an operative of a black-budget espionage agency, who trickles out information to the reader on a need-to-know basis. At the outset, archangels have been living among humanity for more than 25 years, since the waning days of World War II. What they’re doing there and why someone — other than the narrator who opens with her account of shooting Raphael in the wings — wants to kill them provides the central mystery of the novella. Lavie Tidhar’s style is evident in the language, with complex sentence structure that...

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The Apex Books Gateway Guide: Last Dragon by J.M. McDermott

Posted by on Mar 7, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Book Review | 1 comment

Last Dragon, J.M. McDermott’s debut novel, is a quest story and coming of age, rolled up with a revenge plot. The book centers around Zhan, who is initially training to be a Rider, but who is tapped to avenge her village after her grandfather kills nearly everyone. In true epic fantasy fashion, Zhan’s quest prompts her to team up with a gypsy, a paladin and her uncle, and set off in hot pursuit through distant lands which seem sort of reminiscent of real cultural archetypes. Though many of the typical elements of epic fantasy are present, including dragons, the presentation gives Last Dragon the distinctive edge characteristic of Apex titles. The form draws...

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