Fantasy & Science Fiction, founded in 1949, is the award-winning imonthly SF magazine which is the original publisher of SF classics like Stephen King’s Dark Tower, Daniel Keyes’s Flowers for Algernon, and Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz. I am blown away that the lastest issue (March/April 2020) contains a review of my novella, Ormshadow, by Elizabeth Hand. Yes, ELIZABETH HAND.
Like Alan Garner’s Alderley Edge novels, Ormeshadow draws much of its power from Sharma’s understanding of how landscape shapes us as surely as it shapes the myths we tell about it. Like Garner, Sharma is a Cheshire native, though the topography she maps in Ormeshadow seems more like that of West Penwith, in Cornwall, and Great Orme is a real place in Wales. I am fond of quoting Melville on this sort of thing: “It is not down on any map. True places never are.” Ormeshadow also made me think of Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising sequence, especially The Grey King, as well as “Hamlet” and Wuthering Heights, and her unsparing depiction of life in a rural village brought to mind Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project. – Elizabeth Hand.