Friday, May 16, 2008

To Sum Up: April/May Asimov's

"Memory Dog" by Kathleen Ann Goonan (nt, good)
"Slidin'" by Neal Barrett, Jr. (ss, skipped)
"The House Left Empty" by Robert Reed (ss, good)
"An Almanac for the Alien Invaders" by Merrie Haskell (ss, OK)
"An Art, Like Everything Else" by Nick Wolven (ss, good)
"An Alien Heresy" by S. P. Somtow (nt, good)
"Ghost Town" by Catherine Wells (ss, good)
"Strangers When We Meet" by Kate Wilhelm (nt, good)
"Another Country" by Matthew Johnson (ss, good)
"The Advocate" by Barry B. Longyear (ss, OK)
"The Room of Lost Souls" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (na, good)

I was a little surprised that there weren't any stories in this issue that were immediately award-worthy. Usually some of the best of the year goes into the two yearly double issues for the digest magazines. Overall impression: good, but nothing to necessarily write home about. (But writing about it on teh Intertubes? Solid gold, of course.)

And hey, I got the reviews done while it's still on the shelves! Next up will be Interzone #215, a little late since #216, the Mundane SF issue edited by Geoff Ryman came out recently. Still, with a little more acceleration, I hope to be reliably reviewing things during or before their official month of publication, the better to serve y'all.

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