Reviews

jennifer crow @ Goodreads:

“Samantha Henderson’s poetry collection The House of Foreveris an excellent introduction to her work. My only wish was that it had been longer, because I found myself wanting more of her work to read. Many of these poems draw on history, religion, and science, the disparate elements blending together into a whole that’s definitely more than the sum of its parts. I particularly liked “Hero,” “The Miracle of the Gulls, 1848,” “Egyptology,” and “After the Crash.” The last poem, in fact, cleverly touches on several classic works of fiction by women writers as it inquires what a lost space explorer might try to teach those who follow her. Altogether, an excellent collection.”

Amazing Stories (excerpt):

It seems to me that Henderson’s poems are very interpretable. I mean, that despite vivid imagery and symbolism she is able to give each reader a very personal reading experience. Where Karen sees time bending in much of Henderson’s poetry, I see relationships (even with ghosts) bending, transforming, molding in ways surprising and revealing. She observes the beings around her (and in her imagination) and reveals our relationship to them, which by nature becomes a very personal thing.

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LOCUS ONLINE:

“[‘Beside Calais’] is uniquely memorable. Recommended.”

SFFworld.com:

“‘Escaping Salvation’ by Josh Rountree and Samantha Henderson is the sort of story that could be used for the kernel of a pretty convincing novel.  It’s set in a post-apocalyptic southwest where fuel and water are scarce, electricity is gone, and people are living in camps.  Dirt angels, large giant sand golems, form from time to time and wreak havoc on people and settlements.  The main characters hunt these creatures and take their parts to sell.  They stumble on a camp and into the midst of a family drama that is years-old, which conjures up dreams of wind power and enough water to live.  This story is very earthy and real, with a strong sense of magic pervading the land and the lives of the people living on it.  RECOMMENDED.”

Fantastic Reviews Blog:

“The fantastic element comes in late in the tale, and Henderson keeps it vague just what’s happening. The focus of this story is on the kind of everyday resentments that might lead someone to make the sort of terrible choice demanded in a fantasy story. “The License Plate Game” is a nicely written, thought-provoking piece.”

Grasping for the Wind Science Fiction and Fantasy Reviews:

“…I have rarely enjoyed a Forgotten Realms novel more. The book is easily read by anyone unfamiliar with the Realms, is entirely stand-alone (so far) has exceptional characterization and a complex but easily followed plot. It borrows plot devices from Shakespeare while also being full of sword and sorcery pulp action. I highly recommend Samantha Henderson’s Dawnbringer.”

Tangent Online:

“Henderson does a good job of creating a long history through the conversation of a single moment. “The Red Bride” is short and simple: a good concept well executed.”

Locus:

“I particularly liked “The Red Bride” by Samantha Henderson. It’s a simple story, slyly told, set on an alien planet (apparently, though the feel is deliberately fantastical) as the long-enslaved local race finally revolts, behind the title character. That’s the penumbra to the story, but the heart is in one servant, telling a human girl what’s going on, and hinting at her possibly merciful (or not!) fate.”

Jim Hines:

“If you like a darker, more complex story, I’d definitely recommend picking (Heaven’s Bones) up.”

Tangent Online:

“I was bowled over by [Cinderella Suicide’s] sheer elegance.  It is more than a science fiction story of body-modded mercenaries.  Henderson has woven in elements of a mythic quest as well as a poignant and somewhat horrific resolution.  Excellent story.”

Tangent Online:

“[The Tailor and the Fairy] is a nice play on the eighteenth-century literary fairy tale device in which the tales are written as though told by the governess. But they certainly never had a governess quite like this. This brings humor and a sharp edge to the story. Henderson handles both aspects of the finely told tale with equal skill in an assured performance.”

Internet Review of Science Fiction:

“[Histories] has an eldritch tone, almost Lovecraftian, as a human is trapped by forces unhuman and unknowable.”

Tangent Online:

“Though the core idea is science fiction, [Shallot] feels like a fantasy—in part, no doubt, because to everyone except the Lady, it is a fantastical series of events and not something they can connect with the skies above.  Henderson shows successfully that the two genres need not exist on either side of a wall.  She writes beautifully and with perfect pacing, quickly painting a striking cast of characters: a very strong story.”

Locus:

“My favorite story was Samantha Henderson’s “The Ballad of Delphinium Blue”, a lyrical story of a “bist-girl” on another world, and her betrayal by a handsome Earthman.”

The Fix:

“[Chandra’s Game] is crisp and energetic, and while there are no lengthy, drawn-out passages of description, one gets a clear visual of what this world looks like. The strength here is in how Henderson awakens our senses by evoking touch, sound, smell, and taste. The world is gritty and real, and the climax when it arrives is satisfying as well as unexpected. Highly recommended.