There is neither judgement nor condemnation, yet at the same time there is an equal lack of celebration or hopefulness. As such, these pieces are necessarily impressionistic and often dreamlike, sacrificing character and plot in favor of style and feeling.
In this way the title is also aptly chosen, as each story is like a spark that glows as the reader breathes with it—but then fades quickly away By endowing his poor, uneducated, vulgar, and individually characterized caravan guards with distinct and differing dialects, Wilson forces his readers to stretch their expectations of what is possible when they read secondary-world fantasy.
I was expecting to write a review covering multiple points that are generally made in these conversations; by the end, I was just angry.
Hopkinson's stories are very much about finding one’s place in the world, about battling hierarchies and systems of oppression, and about empowerment.
Female readers need voices like hers, LGBT readers need voices like hers, and so does the genre of Weird fiction.
That is, they make the choice their culture says they should make, and because of this, they die, tragically. We're reading not just hwarhath fiction, but It seems that Mc Killip is inviting us to ask ourselves: did all those glorious quests really matter? Were they as central to the fate of the world as their protagonists would have us believe? When the end credits roll, I know that I'm meant to go home and distil my impressions into words.
But we are not reading hwarhath serious literature.
Yet here the credits are, and I don't really feel like I understand what I've just watched.
Liu is an outstanding writer, this book is excellent, and when future generations look to exemplify the zeitgeist of early twenty-first century speculative fiction this will be one of the first volumes to which they turn.
However, my blood's up so let's get back to those metaphors.
Before the era of top ten listicles, marketing labels and the best-of-genre trailers, these films were seen and circulated within the cinephile world as examples of "great (art) films," not "great science fiction films."What apocalypse stories tend to share is a theme of faith: what it is to have it, what it is to lose it, and how the object of that faith is both constructed and reconstructed in a changing environment.