Saturday, December 13, 2014

Review: two mini-reviews of Upgraded and Zadayi Red

Neil Clarke, editor of Clarkesworld magazine, edited this Kickstarter anthology about the positive and negative impacts of cyborgs in science fiction.  As a cyborg myself, I was curious enough to contribute to the project.  There quite a few big-name authors involved, and the anthology is quite well written with very few duds.  A few stories, while good, seem a better fit for a more general sci-fi anthology, but most do a good job presenting a more thoughtful look at the cyborg experience itself. 

Rating: 8/10.

Zadayi Red is a mythical, fantasy story about the ancestors of Native Americans.  The author, Caleb Fox, is himself a Native American of Cherokee descent and this story was inspired by his ancestral legends and myths.  Indeed, there are mythical fantasy elements including shape-shifting, spiritual journeys, spirit companions, and ritual magic.  It's a good lyrical quest story, though not near as good as say, The Last Unicorn.

Rating: 7.5/10. 

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