Review of Swing Time by Carrie Vaughn

In this story we meet Madeline and Ned. They are at a ball, and dancing. And, as it turns out, both engaged in thievery. Or are they collectors? As we quickly learn, they are both able to travel through doors in time, and keep meeting up – much to Madeline’s annoyance.

What was intriguing about this story was the notion that to travel in time (cause doors to open) requires energy (ok, that’s not entirely exotic a concept), but that, in the cases of Ned and Madeline, they generate the required energy by dancing. Much like charging a battery, I guess.

This was a fun story to read, with a twist I didn’t quite see coming. Very inventive and well-written.

Rating: 4/5 stars.

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Review of Against the Lafayette Escadrille by Gene Wolfe

I probably quite miss the point with this one. The narrator explains how he’s built a replica Fokker triplane, and has everything as authentic as possible, bar one element. He then describes a flight where he meets with a lady in a hot air balloon. The impression one gets is that while flying, he goes back in time, and that the balloonist is from the Confederate era, flying a balloon made of ladies’ silk dresses. Or is she just flying a replica, like he is?

Good descriptions and a solid read, this is more of a sketch than a story as such. But still interesting enough.

Rating: 3/5 stars

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Review of The House that made the Sixteen Loops of Time by Tamsyn Muir

Dr. Rosamund Tilly lives at 14 Arden Lane, a house with issues. But not the kinds of issues you’re thinking of, I’m sure. This house is a magical house, and it has temper tantrums. If things aren’t going precisely¬†as it desires, then, well, take your pick. Pretty much anything can happen, from creepers overgrowing to the dogs’ coats changing colour. Sounds like a recipe for driving any rational human being insane, right? Well, spare a thought for Rosamund – and her family.

So, one day the house isn’t happy, and comes up with a new scheme. Instead of changing anything, it just decides to put time on replay. For sixteen loops. And only Rosamund is aware of what’s going on.

This is quite a humorous story, really, and I lapped it up. The house’s antics are fascinating, and Rosamund’s patience with it is… admirable. Fortitude, really. An entertaining romp that left me with a smile on my face at the end.

Rating: 4/5 stars.

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