Get Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror no matter where you are or what you’re doing.

Thaumatrope is a twitter fiction magazine for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror fiction under 140 characters - edited by @nelilly.

Thaumatrope is a twitter fiction magazine for
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror fiction
under 140 characters—edited by @nelilly.



John Ottinger

johnottinger (John Ottinger) johnottinger's website

Publisher's Weekly reviewer, blogger, and owner of Grasping for the Wind - a SF review blog

Dec 17, 2008

#RoyalExile 3☆ Tale of young prince who loses his kingdom. Wooden dialogue, indistinguishable characters predominate.

Dec 19, 2008

#VanRijnMethod 5☆ Tales with clever anti-hero, space exploration, and exciting action are some of Poul Anderson’s best.

Dec 21, 2008

#ShadowsEdge 5☆ Assassin suffers guilt conscience. Lots of action, hyper pacing make this epic the Batman of fantasy.

Dec 28, 2008

#CynderesMidnight 5☆ Prose as poetry in this fantasy. Feminine heroine and deep themes on human nature add depth to book.

Jan 2, 2009

#RisenEmpire 4.5☆ Undead humans rule Galactic Empire. Unusual structure, world-building, suspense make for fun read.

Jan 4, 2009

#LegendoftheSeeker 3.5☆ Campy fantasy with enjoyable slo-mo action and beautiful women. Funny Zedd adds laughs.

Jan 5, 2009

#TheStarsLikeDust 5☆ Asimov’s novel is recommended reading for any fan of space adventure with a political twist.

Jan 8, 2009

#MoonFlights 5☆ Short stories by a Nebula winning author. Equal mix of humorous and thoughtful. Truly great fiction.

Jan 9, 2009

#TheMirroredHeavens 4.5☆ This cyberpunk thriller never lets up on action, creating an edge-of-your-seat read.

Jan 11, 2009

#TheStepsisterScheme 4☆ Fairytales aren’t always happily ever after. A funny sword and sorcery adventure for a rainy day.

Jan 16, 2009

#FevreDream 4.5☆ GRRM writes a vampire novel. More SF than fantasy, lots of steamboat action, unusual protagonist.

Feb 24, 2009

#TheEyesofGod 3.5☆ Epic fantasy portrays realistic characters w/o much magic. Surprising plot, but overlarge length.

Feb 28, 2009

#EclipseTwo 5☆ Unthemed anthology of story for story’s sake. Primarily SF. Beagle, Chiang, Baxter, Reynolds — are best.

Mar 4, 2009

#ASonginStone 2.5☆ Travel guide with fictional elements. Too much description, poor flow make novel difficult to follow.

Mar 5, 2009

#Watchmen 5☆ Cold War era graphic novel explores the human side of superheroes. Deserves all its accolades and more.

Mar 8, 2009

#TheFangedCrown 3☆ FR novel full of what made Conan entertaining. Needs copyeditor, more characterization. Fun action.

Mar 16, 2009

#DavidFalkayn:StarTrader 5☆ Luscious space adventures with scientific world-building. Stories to make space wild again.

Mar 19, 2009

#Worlds 3.5☆ Military SF and alternate universe short stories by Eric Flint. Best for fan, ok entry point for new reader.

Mar 23, 2009

#TheMagician’sApprentice 5☆ Epic fantasy with magic battles and consistent world. Excellent characters, beautiful cadence.

Mar 26, 2009

#Liberation 5☆ Faulknerian prose and unique premise make this apocalyptic novel a beautifully sculpted read.

Mar 30, 2009

#CyberabadDays 4☆ Stories of 2047 India. Emotionally charged tales that identify universal themes in exotic setting.

Apr 3, 2009

#Midwinter 2.5☆ Epic Fantasy/Faerie novel lacks characterization and world-building. Plot moves quickly but disjointedly.

Apr 7, 2009

#AlltheWindwrackedStars 4☆ Norse mythology meets modern apocalypse. Heavy on metaphor though with strong execution.

Apr 10, 2009

#The Warded Man 5☆ Spectacular epic fantasy with real characters, consistent world-building, and fascinating magic.

Apr 15, 2009

#Enclave 4.5☆ Equal parts The Shining, Animal Farm, Outbreak, The Name of the Rose, and Harry Potter. Stellar read.

Apr 20, 2009

#BloodofAmbrose 3☆ Novel’s flat characters, semi-developed world fail to keep interest. Abercrombian dark humor a plus.

Apr 25, 2009

#BlackDragonWhiteDragon 4☆ 24 tales of all things dragon. Broad in setting, plot and character. Well-edited and absorbing.

Apr 30, 2009

#Monster 5☆ Funny urban fantasy for fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or works by Piers Anthony or R. Asprin.

May 3, 2009

#TheWomenofNellGwynnes 5☆ Alternate Victorian London novella showcases excellent writing of Kage Baker with creative tale

May 7, 2009

#Genesis 5☆ Philosophical SF novel explores the nature of consciousness and pushes boundaries of style. Exceptional read.

May 12, 2009

#TheRivenKingdom 5☆ Character driven epic fantasy explores the nature of faith with conclusions that differ from the norm.

May 17, 2009

#WorldsEnd 4☆ End of world story pits reason against magic. Part Da Vinci Code, part Terry Brooks, and lots of action.

Dec 11, 2009

#Warbreaker 5☆ Brandon Sanderson gets creative with magic system, mixes religion in too. High marks for originality.

Dec 15, 2009

#Starfinder 3☆ John Marco writes steampunk/epic fantasy YA novel. Like Artemis Fowl, but world-building is more haphazard.

Dec 19, 2009

#MithrasCourt 4☆ 1800’s people get trapped in pocket universe with undead. Frightening with a surprise ending.

Dec 27, 2009

#TerriblyTwistedTales 3.7☆ Fairy Tales get flipped inside out. Pierson, DuBois, and Swails’ tales are best of anthology.

Dec 30, 2009

#AFantasyMedley 4.5☆ Excellent collection of 4 novellas featuring strong female heroines told by skilled female authors.

Feb 11, 2010

#Tuck 3☆ Stephen R. Lawhead concludes his historical trilogy of a Welsh Robin Hood with more of a whimper than a bang.

Feb 13, 2010

#Orphans Destiny 5☆Buettner writes a military SF sequel that is even more action-packed than its predecessor. A must read.

Feb 15, 2010

#RedWolfConspiracy 5☆ Superb shipboard fantasy is mixture of Alexandre Dumas, Patrick O’Brien, and George R. R. Martin.

Feb 17, 2010

#BoneDance 4☆ Techno-fantasy explores identity and meaning in apocalyptic Earth. Action mixed with metaphysical pondering.

Feb 19, 2010

#FallofThanes 3.5☆ Lengthy conclusion to Brian Ruckley’s dark epic fantasy trilogy is powerful but very slow to build.

Feb 21, 2010

#TidesFromtheNewWorlds 5☆ Buckell’s stories highlight unique style, settings and skill of this Caribbean born author.

Feb 23, 2010

#NorseCode 3.5☆ Debut author’s action-adventure mixes urban settings with Norse myth. Exciting action, simple characters.

Feb 25, 2010

#Green 5☆ Memoir style heroic fantasy has unusual female protagonist and poetic writing. One of the year’s best fantasies

About Thaumatrope | Contributors | Subscribe | Donate | Submissions | Status

©2009 N.E. Lilly, designed by GreenTentacles: Science Fiction Web Design § individual stories © by their respective authors.

Original miniplanet image by Jan Vejlupek ©2008