Monday, August 31, 2009

The Best New Stories of 2009

2009 Best New Stories

4.5 out of 5

Free SF Reader

Fire and Sleet - James Enge [Pyr.com]]

Not Free SF REader

The Lost Princess Man - John Barnes [New Space Opera 2]
One Of Our Bastards Is Missing - Paul Cornell [Solaris New SF 3]
Paradiso Lost - Albert E. Cowdrey [FSF 683]
Rendezvous At Angels Thirty - Tom Ligon [Analog 939]
Firehorn - Robert Reed [FSF 683]


4 out of 5

Free SF Reader

The Best Monkey - Daniel Abraham [Solaris New SF 3]
Off-Track Betting - Madeleine Ashby [Flurb 7]
This Must Be the Place - Elliott Bangs [Strange Horizons]
TVA Baby - Terry Bisson [Tor.com]
Placa del Fuego - Tobias S. Buckell [Clarkesworld 34]
An Education Of Scars - Philip Brewer [Futurismic]
All About the Sponsors - Jeffrey R. DeRego [Escape Pod]
Six Bullets For John Carter - Chad Eagleton [Beat To A Pulp]
Within Your Soul I Sightless See - Eugie Foster [HPL's Mag of Horror 5]
High Stakes - Sarah A. Hoyt [Darwin's Evolutions]
Soul Mate - Shelly Li [Cosmos]
Open Your Eyes - Paul Jessup [Apex]
The Ascendant - Ted Kosmatka [Subterranean Online 10]
Rolling Steel - Jay Lake and Shannon Page [Clarkesworld 31]
Crimes and Glory - Paul J. McAuley [Subterranean Online 10]
In the Autumn Of Empire - Jerry Oltion [Diamonds In the Sky]
Another End of the Empire - Tim Pratt [Strange Horizons]
Scales - Alastair Reynods - [guardian.co.uk]
Let Us Now Praise Awesome Dinosaurs - Leonard Richardson [Strange Horizons]
This Was Education - Jeff Somers - [eternalprison.com]
The Culture Archivist - Jeremiah Tolbert [Federations]
The Nostalgist - Daniel H. Wilson [Tor.com]

Not Free SF Reader

Silent Blade - Ilona Andrews [Samhain]
Artifacts - Stephen Baxter [Solaris New SF 3]
Miles To Isengard - Leah Bobet [Interzone 220]
The Qualia Engine - Damien Broderick [Asimov's 403]
Gunfight On Farside - Adam-Troy Castro [Analog 938]
Morality - Stephen King [Esquire]
Act One - Nancy Kress [Asimov's 398]
To Raise A Mutiny Betwixt Yourselfs - Jay Lake [New Space Opera 2]
From the Heart - John Meaney [New Space Opera 2]
A Clown Escapes From Circus Town - Will McIntosh [Interzone 221]
The Art Of the Dragon - Sean McMullen [FSF 684]
The Spiral Briar - Sean McMullen [FSF 682]
Memory Dust - Gareth L. Powell [Interzone 220]
The Fixation - Alastair Reynolds [Solaris New SF 3]
Sinbad the Sand Sailor - R. Garcia y Robertson [Asimov's 402]
Defect - Kristine Kathryn Rusch [New Space Opera 2]
Lion Walk - Mary Rosenblum [Asimov's 396]
The Price Of Silence - Deborah J. Ross [FSF 682]
Dog-Eared Paperback Of My Life - Lucius Shepard [Other Earths]
The Highway Code - Brian Stableford [We Think, Therefore We Are]
Colliding Branes - Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling [Asimov's 397]
Rescue Mission - Jack Skillingstead [Solaris New SF 3]
Palimpset - Charles Stross [Wireless]
Adaptogenia - Wayne Wightman [FSF 683]
The Island - Peter Watts [New Space Opera 2]
Inevitable - Sean Williams [New Space Opera 2]
The Tenth Muse - Tad Williams [New Space Opera 2]
Fearless Space Pirates Of the Outer Rings - Bill Willingham [New Space Opera 2]
This Peaceable Land Or The Unbearable Vision Of Harriet Beecher Stowe - Robert Charles Wilson [Other Earths]

The Caryatids - Bruce Sterling

Seven clones for slaughtered lands, or something like that.

A nearish future novel with a bunch of superwomen exiled, and fair chunks of the Earth with a lot of environmental problems.

People still have some cool tech gear, though.

Surveillance has also increased towards the fascist end of the spectrum. Sort of only dealt with in passing, as the three main characters and two main groups come into conflict.

It started interestingly, but then gets pretty tedious a sit fails to balance whether it wants to follow the whacky people around, or talk about the general situation.


3 out of 5

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Fantasy and Science Fiction 614 - Gordon Van Gelder

A reasonable issue at 3.38. This time Lucius Shepard takes his bat to M. Night Shylaman.

Strong stories from Laird Barron and the new kid Le Guin.

I give this one a not quite 3.75 overall for the issue.

FSF614 : Old Virginia - Laird Barron
FSF614 : The Seasons of the Ansarac - Ursula K. Le Guin
FSF614 : A Game of Chicken - Charles Coleman Finlay
FSF614 : Reach - Sheila Finch
FSF614 : A Quartet of Mini-Fantasies - Arthur Porges
FSF614 : The Swag from Doc Hawthorne's - Jack O'Connell
FSF614 : The Genre Kid - James Sallis
FSF614 : The Bone Witch - R. Garcia y Robertson

Mother of a remote viewing experiment squad.

4 out of 5


Migratory pattern.

4 out of 5


Head freezing reunion.

3.5 out of 5


Santhhax

3 out of 5

Dark Shadows.

3 out of 5

Jew vamp.

2.5 out of 5

Lizard tongue lady.

3 out of 5

2 out of 5


2 out of 5


Volume acquisition nightmare.

3 out of 5


I shit Jesus.

3.5 out of 5


Firebird's egg, with Tartar source.

3.5 out of 5


Extra drumsticks smell good.

3.5 out of 5



3.5 out of 5

The Genre Kid - James Sallis

I shit Jesus.


3.5 out of 5

Reach - Sheila Finch

Head freezing reunion.


3.5 out of 5

Fantasy and Science Fiction 611 - Gordon Van Gelder

Only average this one, a 3.13. Below the mean standard for these, of course.
There's a review of some of Willingham's Fables, among others.

FSF611 : A Democracy of Trolls - Charles Coleman Finlay
FSF611 : Something by the Sea - Jeffrey Ford
FSF611 : Openclose - Terry Bisson
FSF611 : The Sleeping Woman - Robert Reed
FSF611 : The Drive-In Puerto Rico - Lucius Shepard
FSF611 : Social Dreaming of the Frin - Ursula K. Le Guin
FSF611 : In the City of Dead Night - Tanith Lee
FSF611 : Watching Matthew - Damon Knight

Ugly Maggot.

3 out of 5


Maggie sea.

3 out of 5


Disassembly punishment.

3.5 out of 5


Big and dirty girl.

3.5 out of 5


Indigo lizard looms liminal.

3 out of 5


Projecting power.

3 out of 5


Jewel curse robbery.

3.5 out of 5


Dead boy, put a sock in it.

2.5 out of 5




3 out of 5

Openclose - Terry Bisson

Disassembly punishment.


3.5 out of 5

Something By the Sea - Jeffrey Ford

Maggie sea.


3 out of 5

Fantasy and Science Fiction 608 - Gordon Van Gelder

Only a 3.14 here, with Willrich the best, easily.

FSF608 : The Posthumous Man - Albert E. Cowdrey
FSF608 : Droplet - Benjamin Rosenbaum
FSF608 : Geropods - Robert Onopa
FSF608 : King Rainjoy's Tears - Chris Willrich
FSF608 : The Flâneurs of Mars - Thomas M. Disch
FSF608 : You Can't Get Turnip Juice Out of an Aorta - Robert Loy
FSF608 : Princess Aria - R. Garcia y Robertson

Good Angel evidence.

3 out of 5


Quantum Lovergirl vs Warboy. Bloody hard brainball remains.

3 out of 5


Old fashioned posse.

3.5 out of 5


Salting and Misting and Scalding will make you more than cry.

4 out of 5


"perhaps I am wrong. Perhaps there is something I've left out of my equations."

2.5 out of 5


Vampire ennui end.

3 out of 5


Death Aria.

3.5 out of 5



3 out of 5

You Can't Get Turnip Juice Out of an Aorta - Robert Loy

Vampire ennui end.


3 out of 5

The Posthumous Man - Albert E. Cowdrey

Good Angel evidence.


3 out of 5

Fantasy and Science Fiction 607 - Gordon Van Gelder

A 3.31 here. The standout is Yoon Ha Lee, by far. There's a robot article by Gregory Benford, and books by Elizabeth Hand.

FSF607 : Our Friend Electricity - Ron Wolfe
FSF607 : Dating Secrets of the Dead - David Prill
FSF607 : Miles to Go - Sheila Finch
FSF607 : The Black Abacus - Yoon Ha Lee
FSF607 : When Bertie Met Mary - John Morressy
FSF607 : Sightseeing 2179 - Robert Sheckley
FSF607 : Dazzle's Inferno - Scott Bradfield
FSF607 : Sam - Donald Barr

Killing the elephant.

3 out of 5


Relationship falling to bets.

3 out of 5


Athlete fix.

3.5 out of 5


Quantum war captain's legend.

4 out of 5


What's up Frankenstein time.

3.5 out of 5


Venice trip hard.

3 out of 5


Dog food sucks.

3 out of 5


I ain't.

3.5 out of 5



3.5 out of 5

When Bertie Met Mary - John Morressy

What's up Frankenstein time.


3.5 out of 5

Dazzle's Inferno - Scott Bradfield

Dog food sucks.


3 out of 5

Miles To Go - Sheila Finch

Athlete fix.


3.5 out of 5

Fantasy and Science Fiction 606 - Gordon Van Gelder

An ordinary issue at 3.10, with Di Filippo's the best. Lucius Shepard looks at the Lord of the Rings movie.

FSF606 : The Short Ashy Afterlife of Hiram P. Dottle - Paul Di Filippo
FSF606 : Chichen Itza - Alex Irvine
FSF606 : Creation - Jeffrey Ford
FSF606 : Our Novel - Don Webb
FSF606 : Trouble Is - Robert Reed
FSF606 : The Mask of the Rex - Richard Bowes
FSF606 : The Essayist in the Wilderness - William Browning Spencer

Axe murdering golddigger victim's wooden existence luckily coincides with superhero's crime investigation. A permanent trophy life.

4 out of 5


Uplink agreement.

3.5 out of 5


Food for the worms Grimm experiment.

3.5 out of 5


WINT not.

2 out of 5


Prion revenge thanks.

3.5 out of 5


Gateway politics.

3 out of 5


Crayfish, sick of.

2.5 out of 5




3 out of 5

The Essayist In the Wilderness - William Browning Spencer

Crayfish, sick of.


2.5 out of 5

Our Novel - Don Webb

WINT not.


2 out of 5

Fantasy and Science Fiction 599 - Gordon Van Gelder

A good issue at 3.58. More books from Hand, and Shepard goes Chinese martial arts movie.

Also a Kate Wilhelm special, with an editorial appreciation, a bit of a bibliography, and a novella, which, unfortunately, is pretty dull.

A top class story from Alex Irvine, and Laird Barron finishes off with a strong entry.

FSF599 : Yesterday's Tomorrows - Kate Wilhelm
FSF599 : Grass - Lawrence Miles
FSF599 : Elegy for a Greenwiper - Alex Irvine
FSF599 : Mayhem Tours - Michael Kandel
FSF599 : Mirror Games - Robert Sheckley
FSF599 : Shiva Open Your Eye - Laird Barron

Research escape.

3 out of 5


Presidential mammoth herd.

3 out of 5


Blooming mistake.

4.5 out of 5


Open people season.

3.5 out of 5


Possible long holiday.

3.5 out of 5


Missing hitchhiker investigation Old One ocean return.

4 out of 5



4 out of 5

Mayhem Tours - Michael Kandel

Open people season.


3.5 out of 5

Yesterday's Tomorrows - Kate Wilhelm

Research escape.


3 out of 5

Fantasy and Science Fiction 596 - Gordon Van Gelder

An top class issue, at 3.70, with the first two stories excellent and very good.
Elizabeth Hand looks at a Terry Bisson book.

FSF596 : Counting the Shapes - Yoon Ha Lee
FSF596 : The Diamond Pit - Jack Dann
FSF596 : Tomorrow - Albert E. Cowdrey
FSF596 : Tom Swift and His Humongous Mechanical Dude - Allen Steele
FSF596 : The World's Light Heavyweight Champion in Nineteen Twenty-Something - Robert Thurston

Maternal mathemagic champion.

4.5 out of 5


Downed pilots held in diamond mountain prison.

4 out of 5


Sybil doom time.

3 out of 5


Bored, got any dope after the Ator thing?


3.5 out of 5


Boxing time.

3.5 out of 5





4.5 out of 5

The World's Light Heavyweight Champion in Nineteen Twenty-Something - Robert Thurston

Boxing time.


3.5 out of 5

Tomorrow - Albert E. Cowdrey

Sybil doom time.


3 out of 5

Fantasy and Science Fiction 595 - Gordon Van Gelder

A 3.31 average, with Garcia y Robertson again the best, but this time a standard sort of fantasy.

Lucius Shepard talks about the crap done to Philip K. Dick in movies.

FSF595 : Doing the Unstuck - Paul Di Filippo
FSF595 : Playmate - Kit Reed
FSF595 : The Ferryman's Wife - Richard Bowes
FSF595 : Achronicity - Raymond Steiber
FSF595 : A Trick Worth Two of That - Robert Sheckley
FSF595 : The Honeyed Knot - Jeffrey Ford
FSF595 : Jour de Fête - Thomas M. Disch
FSF595 : Firebird - R. Garcia y Robertson

Europan off track Love Cats.

3.5 out of 5


Not a bad boy.

3 out of 5


Time Ranger family.

3 out of 5


Hot planet die yes.

3.5 out of 5


Supernatural climate.

3 out of 5


Platehead dead girl story.

3.5 out of 5


Bunch of chucker heads.

3 out of 5


Witchiepoo's cat cunning and troll-bear stops knight's losing streak.

3.5 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

Achronicity - Raymond Steiber

Hot planet die yes.


3.5 out of 5

Fantasy and Science Fiction 593 - Gordon Van Gelder

Lucius Shepard picks up the quinella, the best article and best story. A bad devil movie, and some good strange Russian mobsterness. Only a 3.10 issue apart from that, though.

FSF593 : Eternity and Afterward - Lucius Shepard
FSF593 : Market Day - Robert Reed
FSF593 : Slipshod at the Edge of the Universe - Robert Thurston
FSF593 : Her Chimpanion - Michael Bishop
FSF593 : Warts and All - Esther M. Friesner

Magic mafiya's dead dude disco.

4 out of 5


Backward overdoing.

3 out of 5


We might find out. Or not.

3 out of 5


With pants. Penguin next.

2.5 out of 5


A closed mouth gathers no frog.

3 out of 5




2.5 out of 5

A Closed Mouth Gathers No Frog - Esther M. Friesner

A closed mouth gathers no frog.


3 out of 5

Her Chimpanion - Michael Bishop

With pants. Penguin next.


2.5 out of 5

Fantasy and Science Fiction 584 - Gordon Van Gelder

A bunch of good and a bunch of average is what that boils down to - and a 3.50 average. Garcia y Robertson's is paricularly entertaining.

Pat Murphy has a relativity column and Elizabeth Hand and Mike Ashley look at some books.

FSF584 : Black Magic for Dummies - Ron Goulart
FSF584 : Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
FSF584 : The Mediated Faculty - Robin Wilson
FSF584 : Child of Mine - Jennifer C. Vanderbes
FSF584 : Bird Herding - R. Garcia y Robertson

""I'm usually addressed," the demon informed her, "as O Mighty Exalted and Incomparable Shug Nrgyzb. And you're mispronouncing Nrgyzb."

3.5 out of 5


A scientist is experimenting on raising the intelligence of animals, in this case, mice. When the same technique is tried on a man who is intellectually disabled, it succeeds beyond the scientist's wildest dreams. He has actually produced a superintelligent man from his initial subject.

However, the mouse Algernon is starting to exhibit problems because of this treatment.

4 out of 5


Uni duel rules.

3 out of 5


Younger, daddypuss.

3 out of 5


"Being clubbed to death by a bunch of brainy monkeys did seem to imply that evolution had taken a wrong turn."

or

Snake eyes on the Pair-A-Dice
And we got to go today

4 out of 5




4 out of 5

Child Of Mine - Jennifer C. Vanderbes

Younger, daddypuss.


3 out of 5

The Mediated Faculty - Robin Wilson

Uni duel rules.


3 out of 5

Fantasy and Science Fiction 582 - Gordon Van Gelder

An article on Nightfalls by Pat Murphy, the most interesting thing after the fine Cowdrey story. Book reviews. Only a 3.21 average.

FSF582 : Loyal Puppies - Rick Heller
FSF582 : The Eye in the Heart - Tanith Lee
FSF582 : Crux - Albert E. Cowdrey
FSF582 : The Madness of Gordon Van Gelder - Michael Swanwick
FSF582 : Rossetti Song - Alexander C. Irvine
FSF582 : The Museum - Henry Slesar
FSF582 : Conhoon and the Fairy Dancer - John Morressy

Offensive sect.

3 out of 5


Terrorist investigation, timelines and tarts.

4 out of 5


Crazy generous.

3 out of 5


Bar magic.

2.5 out of 5


Hot art swipe.

3 out of 5


Nice boots, Twisty Mike.

3.5 out of 5



3 out of 5

The Museum - Henry Slesar

Hot art swipe.


3 out of 5

Loyal Puppies - Rick Heller

Want teenage telepathy, mum.


3.5 out of 5

Fantasy and Science Fiction 542 - Kristine Kathryn Rusch

A whole bunch of book reviews here, and a editorial about publishing world changes, mostly for the worse. 1996 this is, of course.

Cassutt the clear standout.

FSF542 : The Longer Voyage - Michael Cassutt
FSF542 : Three Dreams in the Wake of a Death - Michael Bishop
FSF542 : Chatting with Anubis - Harlan Ellison
FSF542 : The Moon Maid - R. Garcia y Robertson
FSF542 : Kilroy Was Here - Jack Cady

We're On A Space Road To Nowhere.

4 out of 5


Alligator shame confluence.

2.5 out of 5


Pissy pantheon Moses denial.

3.5 out of 5


Hetman me up, Herc.


3.5 out of 5


Old war ghosts.

3 out of 5



3.5 out of 5

Kilroy Was Here - Jack Cady

Old war ghosts.


3 out of 5

Three Dreams In the Wake Of Death - Michael Bishop

Alligator shame confluence.


2.5 out of 5

Asimov's 350 - Sheila Williams

A solid issue at 3.44, with dinosaurs and Lovecraft from Silverberg.

ASIMOVS350 : The Fraud - Esther M. Friesner
ASIMOVS350 : The Card - Gene Wolfe
ASIMOVS350 : Tk'tk'tk - David D. Levine
ASIMOVS350 : The Wave-Function Collapse - Steven Utley
ASIMOVS350 : The Dodo Factory - Lori Selke
ASIMOVS350 : The Devil You Don't - Matthew Hughes
ASIMOVS350 : Organs R Us - R. Neube
ASIMOVS350 : Bright Red Star - Bud Sparhawk
ASIMOVS350 : Green Shift - Mary Rosenblum

Pregnant unicorn variation end.

4 out of 5


Other world deal.

3 out of 5


Alien sales experience.

4 out of 5


Quantum wife wish.

3.5 out of 5


A better Turkey.

3.5 out of 5


The old kill Hitler time travel possibility.

3 out of 5


A dangerous business.

3.5 out of 5


Conflict kill choices.

3.5 out of 5


Clan garden.

3 out of 5



4 out of 5

Organs R Us - R. Neube

A dangerous business.


3.5 out of 5

The Dodo Factory - Lori Selke

A better turkey.


3.5 out of 5

Asimov's 404 - Sheila Williams

A column by Silverberg on SF worlds, making of. PDF looks at the Jack Knight Starman.

Otherwise, a definitely subpar issue with only a 3.00 average.

ASIMOVS404 : AWAY FROM HERE - Lisa Goldstein
ASIMOVS404 : CAMERA OBSCURED - Ferrett Steinmetz
ASIMOVS404 : SOULMATES - Mike Resnick & Lezli Robyn
ASIMOVS404 : IN THEIR GARDEN - Brenda Cooper
ASIMOVS404 : THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE - Steve Rasnic Tem
ASIMOVS404 : TEAR-DOWN - Benjamin Crowell
ASIMOVS404 : HER HEART'S DESIRE - Jerry Oltion
ASIMOVS404 : BROKEN WINDCHIMES - Kristine Kathryn Rusch

I wait, I wait, I wait.

2.5 out of 5


Ranking, bee.

3.5 out of 5


Robots not so valuable.

3 out of 5


Fly find.

2.5 out of 5


Last planet time.

3 out of 5


House relations.

3 out of 5


Magic jarful.

3 out of 5


Life At The Outpost, no Skatt, just Soprano.

3.5 out of 5




2.5 out of 5

Broken Windchimes - Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Life At The Outpost, no Skatt, just Soprano.


3.5 out of 5

Her Heart's Desire - Jerry Oltion

Magic jarful.


3 out of 5

Tear-down - Benjamin Crowell

House relations.


3 out of 5

The Day Before the Day Before - Steve Rasnic Tem

Last planet time.


3 out of 5

In Their Garden - Brenda Cooper

Fly find.


2.5 out of 5

Soulmates - Mike Resnick and Lezli Robyn

Robots not so valuable.


3 out of 5

Camera Obscured - Ferrett Steinmetz

Ranking, bee.


3.5 out of 5

Away From Here - Lisa Goldstein

I wait, I wait, I wait.


2.5 out of 5

Friday, August 28, 2009

Janissaries - Jerry Pournelle

A group of soldiers in Cuba are fighting in somewhat dodgy fashion for the CIA, and get into a bit of trouble of the we are likely to be dead soon variety.

Until an alien ship turns up and offers them a supposed way out.

Part of a galactic society, they just want this military group to do some conquering and drugdealing for them.

Nothing much, just put a more primitive planet to their uses.

Said planet contains humans, apparently also taken from Earth at different eras throughout history, when it suited to put them to use on this particular planet.

So its is clansmen vs Roman legions, with a bunch of cold war mercenaries running around. Although differences of opinion evolve, with one officer deciding if he didn't have to do the battle thing he could certainly serve better as a scientific and educational advisor.

A bunch of killing to be done first, though.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Runaway - Leigh Brackett

Escape to Venus crackup reality.


4 out of 5

The Houses Of Iszm - Jack Vance

Don't steal 'em.


3 out of 5

Asimov's 347 - Gardner Dozois

A 3.45 average, so a bit over normal. There's a Kelly column on ebooks, circa 2004 and a review of The Atrocity Archives, among others.

ASIMOVS347 : The Christmas Tree - Peter Friend
ASIMOVS347 : Strength Alone - Paul Melko
ASIMOVS347 : The Star Called Wormwood - Elizabeth Counihan
ASIMOVS347 : Home of the Brave - Allen M. Steele
ASIMOVS347 : A Princess of Earth - Mike Resnick
ASIMOVS347 : Being with Jimmy - Aaron Schutz
ASIMOVS347 : Red Hands Black Hands - Chris Roberson
ASIMOVS347 : Strood - Neal Asher
ASIMOVS347 : Echoing - James Van Pelt
ASIMOVS347 : A Reunion - Keith Ferrell

Hope it doesn't eat me.

3 out of 5


Pod people survival.

3.5 out of 5


Got to adapt.

3 out of 5


Exploration Team.

4 out of 5


When you come across a guy like this :

'"So why do you think you’re John Carter?" I asked him.

"Because I am."

"Why not Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon–or the Scarlet Pimpernel for that matter?"

"Why aren’t you Doc Savage or the Shadow?" he replied. "Or James Bond for that matter?"

"I never claimed to be a fictional character," I said.

"Neither did I. I am John Carter, formerly of Virginia, and I am trying to return to my princess."

"Stark naked in a blizzard?"

"My clothes do not survive the transition, and I am not responsible for the weather," he said. '

You might think he is nuts. Later events leave you doubts.

3.5 out of 5


Broken, but exciting.

3 out of 5


Colonist Chinese revolutionary writer, spook martyred.

3.5 out of 5


Can't cure everyone without Fido's help.

4 out of 5


Can't Find My Way Home.

3.5 out of 5


Rocks are heavy. Space is big. Gatestations help with the second bit.

3.5 out of 5




4 out of 5

Echoing - James Van Pelt

Can't Find My Way Home.


3.5 out of 5

Being With Jimmy - Aaron Schutz

Broken, but exciting.


3 out of 5

The Star Called Wormwood - Elizabeth Counihan

Got to adapt.


3 out of 5

The Christmas Tree - Peter Friend

Hope it doesn't eat me.


3 out of 5

A Reunion - Keith Ferrell

Rocks are heavy. Space is big. Gatestations help with the second bit.


3.5 out of 5

Fantasy and Science Fiction 684 - Gordon Van Gelder

At 3.42, right on the standard by one of these mags. The opening story by McMullen, is the best, and the rest is pretty consistent. This one is definitely more of a fantasy issue, even Sterling.

There are some book reviews by Elizabeth Hand, and is of the eminently defensible opinion that wizard school would be much better with sex, drugs and rock 'n roll. Drugs including booze, of course. Talking of Grossman's Magician book, that is.

Lucius Shepard says they probably didn't need to bother with Watchmen, but I'll take it. A good mark for him I think, for Hollywood.

Overall, very readable.

FSF684 : THE ART OF THE DRAGON - Sean McMullen
FSF684 : YOU ARE SUCH A ONE - By Nancy Springer
FSF684 : A TOKEN OF A BETTER AGE - Melinda M. Snodgrass
FSF684 : HUNCHSTER - Matthew Hughes
FSF684 : THE GODDAMNED TOOTH FAIRY - Tina Kuzminski
FSF684 : THE BONES OF GIANTS - Yoon Ha Lee
FSF684 : ICARUS SAVED FROM THE SKIES - Georges-Olivier Chateaureynaud
FSF684 : THE OTHERS - Lawrence C. Connolly
FSF684 : THREE LEAVES OF ALOE - Rand B. Lee
FSF684 : THE PRIVATE EYE - Albert E. Cowdrey
FSF684 : SNOWFALL - Jessie Thompson
FSF684 : ESOTERIC CITY - Bruce Sterling

Most critics not two miles long, flying, and really hungry.

4 out of 5


Not a ghost, I hope.

3 out of 5


I'm a dead hero, with magic sword.

3.5 out of 5


Time viewer crime business end.

3.5 out of 5


You should pick one of these women already.

3.5 out of 5


Necromancer ghoulish takedown.

3.5 out of 5


Broken, winged.

3 out of 5


A-E me, minus giant-snailed D.

3.5 out of 5


Chiphead disconnect.

3.5 out of 5


ESP thinking scam.

3.5 out of 5


Foxy, with bacon and eggs.

3 out of 5


Italian Hell, Mummy - Green!

3.5 out of 5



4 out of 5

Esoteric City - Bruce Sterling

Italian Hell, Mummy - Green!


3.5 out of 5

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Snowfall - Jessie Thompson

Foxy, with bacon and eggs.


3 out of 5

The Private Eye - Albert E. Cowdrey

ESP thinking scam.


3.5 out of 5

Three Leaves Of Aloe - Rand B. Lee

Chiphead disconnect.


3.5 out of 5

The Others - Lawrence C. Connolly

A-E me, minus giant-snailed D.


3.5 out of 5

Icarus Saved From the Skies - Georges-olivier Chateaureynaud

Broken, winged.


3 out of 5

The Bones Of Giants - Yoon Ha Lee

Necromancer ghoulish takedown.


3.5 out of 5

The Goddamned Tooth Fairy - Tina Kuzminski

You should pick one of these women already.


3.5 out of 5

Hunchster - Matthew Hughes

Time viewer crime business end.


3.5 out of 5

A Token Of A Better Age - Melinda M. Snodgrass

I'm a dead hero, with magic sword.


3.5 out of 5

You Are Such A One - Nancy Springer

Not a ghost, I hope.


3 out of 5

The Art Of the Dragon - Sean McMullen

Most critics not two miles longer, flying, and really hungry.


4 out of 5

Monday, August 24, 2009

What Slips Away - Steve Rasnic Tem

Scary remodelling.


3 out of 5

Yellow and Red - Tanith Lee

Demon photography.


3.5 out of 5

Everybody Goes - Michael Marshall Smith

Not anywhere interesting.


2.5 out of 5

Postcards From the King Of Tides - Caitlin R. Kiernan

Scary sea sideshow (with a decent goth soundtrack).


3.5 out of 5

Upstairs - Lawrence Watt-Evans

Jack's not bloody back.


3.5 out of 5

Ra*e - Ramsey Campbell

Likes the little girls too much, so time for some murder.


3 out of 5

A Victorian Ghost Story - Kim Newman

Foglost London haunting oaken defence.


3.5 out of 5

The Song My Sister Sang - Stephen Laws

Oil Panic.


3.5 out of 5

Bondage - Kathe Koja

Headgeargames sex.


3.5 out of 5

Analog 943 - Stanley Schmidt

A very consistent issue fictionally, at 3.50, so that is good. Also some good articles, one on the psychology of space travel, and another on detecting gravity waves.

ANALOG943 : Analog 943 - Stanley Schmidt
ANALOG943 : WHERE THE WINDS ARE ALL ASLEEP - Michael F. Flynn
ANALOG943 : THE HANGED MAN - William Gleason
ANALOG943 : TEDDY BEAR TOYS - Carl Frederick
ANALOG943 : IN THE AUTUMN OF THE EMPIRE - Jerry Oltion
ANALOG943 : SHALLOW COPY - Jesse L. Watson
ANALOG943 : AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAD COME - Robert Grossbach
ANALOG943 : Cold Words - Juliette Wade

Silitigers didn't get us, Billy.

3 out of 5


Those space rabbitcats are evil, I tell you.

3.5 out of 5


Shadow game programmer.

3.5 out of 5


Earthly movement decree.

4 out of 5


So who's the simulation then?

3.5 out of 5


AI President efficient crash problem.

3.5 out of 5


Rank Bite-bite me spaceport diplomacy.

3.5 out of 5




4.5 out of 5

Cold Words - Juliette Wade

Rank Bite-bite me spaceport diplomacy.


3.5 out of 5

An Idea Whose Time Had Come - Robert Grossbach

AI President efficient crash problem.


3.5 out of 5

Shallow Copy - Jesse L. Watson

So who's the simulation then?


3.5 out of 5

Teddy Bear Toys - Carl Frederick

Shadow game programmer.


3.5 out of 5

Year's Best SF 14 - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer

Yep, this is the charge almost double for the ebook volume. Consistent publishing this series has not had recently. Didn't bother with 12, 13 was normal, and now that. No, I did not buy it.

Along with that,this is the second weakest book in this series, at only a 3.60 average. Only one story above the good 4 out of 5 level, but that one is Chiang's exceptional 'Exhalation'.

So this is a good book, but nothing past that.

Year's Best SF 14 : Arkfall - Carolyn Ives Gilman
Year's Best SF 14 : Orange - Neil Gaiman
Year's Best SF 14 : Memory Dog - Kathleen Ann Goonan
Year's Best SF 14 : Pump Six - Paolo Bacigalupi
Year's Best SF 14 : Boojum - Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
Year's Best SF 14 : Exhalation - Ted Chiang
Year's Best SF 14 : Traitor - M. Rickert
Year's Best SF 14 : The Things that Make Me Weak and Stange Get
Engineered Away - Cory Doctorow
Year's Best SF 14 : Oblivion: A Journey - Vandana Singh
Year's Best SF 14 : The House Left Empty - Robert Reed
Year's Best SF 14 : The Scarecrow’s Boy - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best SF 14 : N-Words - Ted Kosmatka
Year's Best SF 14 : Fury - Alastair Reynolds
Year's Best SF 14 : Cheats - Gwyneth Jones
Year's Best SF 14 : The Ships Like Clouds Risen By Their Rain - Jason Sanford
Year's Best SF 14 : The Egg Man - Mary Rosenblum
Year's Best SF 14 : Glass - Daryl Gregory
Year's Best SF 14 : Fixing Hanover - Jeff VanderMeer
Year's Best SF 14 : Message Found in a Gravity Wave - Rudy Rucker
Year's Best SF 14 : Mitigation - Tobias Buckell and Karl Schroeder
Year's Best SF 14 : Spiders - Sue Burke

Golconda worm waterworld.

4 out of 5


Question?

3 out of 5


Smacks of truth, little woofer.

3.5 out of 5


Water walking on the trog wild thing wild side.


4 out of 5


Brain pirates of space.

3.5 out of 5


Brain dissection end of universe equilibrium optimism.

5 out of 5


'They sit there until their butts get sore and then they go inside.'

Eyes too, given the pages of italics.

2 out of 5




4 out of 5

Oblivion A Journey - Vandana Singh

Cognizant of Ramayan ending battle.


4 out of 5

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Monster Hunter International - Larry Correia

Correia, it appears is of the ok writer but good storyteller variety.

Our protagonist is a 300 pound accountant cubicle jockey, who promptly gets attacked by a werewolf who happens to be his boss.

This he survives, because as it turns out his father was a military martinet, he is a prize winning shooter thanks to talent and a childhood with more targets and backpack slogging than television and ball slogging. It also turns out he has a couple of black belts, is extremely smart, was a bouncer, and also an underground fighter of the illegal betting variety. He quit this when he went berserk and also killed a guy, and figured he'd take up something extremely boring and safe - accounting. Being really smart, easy to do. He isn't a rock star, is not pretty, and not a good runner, and no surgical abilities, so not quite Doc Savage or Buckaroo Banzai, but a highly talented individual.

Waking up in hospital after being briefly dead he has two federal agents for company. Their job? Put him down if he goes all nuts and furry. Silver bullet in the brain time. While recuperating, another less formal gentleman comes along, somewhat antagonistic to the two agents. Offers Mr. Owen Pitt his card, for Monster Hunter International, with an offer to come see them.

While all this (and yes, there are gun nut infodumps - gun nut is even mentioned several times) sounds somewhat ludicrous, it works, somehow. Mostly because both the writer and the main character have a sense of humour. It is also pretty funny to hear the self-proclaimed libertarian mucho monster mayhem wielders proclaim "I Hate the Government", then hold out their hands for the monster killing payments from the government that basically keep this family business running in the style to which they are accustomed.

There are heaps of funny lines.

For just a few :-

"He hit me hard enough to make my dog bleed. And I don't even own a dog. "

"If I'm ever killed by undead, I want you guys to chop me up with it. It's a good chainsaw."

"I like the world. It would suck to blow it up. Especially since I'm engaged now."

"Jeez, Milo, how come we don't have killer robots?" Julie asked.

"He ain't so bad for a bureaucratic killing machine," Trip said.

Plus others of no funny, but equal interest: "You have three days before the concept of linear time becomes obsolete."

Also some Easter Eggs in the text for the geeky enough.

Other than killing zombies there is more at stake here. Monster Hunter International is short staffed after losing a lot of personnel in an horrific incident, hence the recruiting.

Or, to sum that up (and add to the werewolves), the End Of the World, Elder Gods, unded conquistadors, human sacrificing priestesses, trailer trash Elves, Uzbekistani ninja Orcs (and chopper pilots), Wendigo, demon plagues, pocket dimensions, gargoyles, wights, Master Vampires, and probably as many different types of infantry ordnance as you can think of, and a few MHI's armourer Milo has made up to go along with it.

No sparkly vampires here, these are of the variety that can take everything a squad can shoot, throw or chop them with, regenerate, and keep coming.

Oh, yeah, and a love triangle involving our protagonist and the female head of MHI, who has some very serious family issues, in that some of them are human challenged.

I kept expecting to like this less, but it is a hell of a lot of fun. Action, horror, comedy.

I'd say around a 4.25, but it made me laugh many, many times, so rounding up.


4.5 out of 5

The Grand Cham - Harold Lamb

A Breton sailor is captured and tortured by a Turkish sultan, an swears vengeance.

Said sultan leaves him alive, despite advice from some of his more bloodthirsty underlings to leave him mortally challenged.

Of course, the vengeance thing is better if you are alive, and that means getting out of there.

Plenty of sword swinging type action, and ultimately, a battle

If this sort of historical fiction appeals, then Lamb you should definitely check out. Some of his work is online.


3.5 out of 5

Gather Darkness! - Fritz Leiber

A postapocalyptic society, spread over Earth, Mars and Venus has stratified significantly.

The ruling caste uses religious flim-flammery, flummery and mummery to make the serf-like general populace believe that their agents have special powers.

Needless to say, not everyone is a fan of this, and the resistance fights fire with fire. They call themselves the Witchcraft, and use Satanic imagery and similar technological tricks and scams to fight back.

The plot centres on an agent priest that begins to doubt what he is doing, and comes to realise it is wrong.

This leads him into contact with the opposition, and conflict results.


3 out of 5

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Mutant's Brother - Fritz Leiber

Is a mind controlling supervillain.


3.5 out of 5

Best Served Cold - Joe Abercrombie

Best Served Cold is set in the same world as his earlier trilogy, and in fact shares a few of the minor characters. The region of interest changes from the Union, to Styria and its Duke, who will also be familiar to readers of the earlier books.

A similar sort of story: if you are a soldier getting involved in killing that disrupts things, do you actually know what is going on? Who is manipulating who? Particularly given that this is a fantasy story and there are immensely long-lived powerful shadowy supernatural entities lurking in the background. There are some of these floating around in the story, too.

The main character is a mercenary leader, who becomes too popular for the Duke that employs her's comfort, so he has her murdered. Or so he thinks, as the throwing down a mountain didn't quite take.

Put back together, she sets out for revenge, and accumulates a crew of hirelings. An obsessive convict with a cleaver, a master poisoner and his apprentice, a torturer, and a Named Man Northerner, and a showpony drunken ex-mercenary leader. In other words, an extremely violent (and good at it) bunch.

So the question is continually asked through the book: is revenge worth it? Particularly as revenge at her level can destabilise societies and cause a lot of ancillary carnage.

Plenty of mayhem and black humour to be found, then. If you like the earlier books, not much doubt you'll like this, I think. I give this one a not-quite 4, rounded up.


4 out of 5

Friday, August 21, 2009

UR - Stephen King

Pink gadget Paradox luckily still hoopy.


3.5 out of 5

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wireless - Charles Stross

An extremely fine collection, with a 3.83 average. An interesting range of material both in length, going from vignette to long novella, and content, from humorous science fiction and fantasy to cold war paranoia and horror. Down on the Farm, being one of the Laundry stories is perhaps a combination of both.

It contains a story new to this book as the final entry, a twisty Time Police (Stasis Agent) scenario, but with a cosmological element, as well, to make it a little different. The object of this agency is to keep humans alive after the inevitable extinctions.

I'll still happily read anything he writes, and look forward to more. An excellent book.

Wireless : Missile Gap - Charles Stross
Wireless : Rogue Farm - Charles Stross
Wireless : A Colder War - Charles Stross
Wireless : Maxos - Charles Stross
Wireless : Down on the Farm - Charles Stross
Wireless : Unwirer - Charles Stross and Cory Doctorow
Wireless : Snowball's Chance - Charles Stross
Wireless : Trunk and Disorderly - Charles Stross
Wireless : Palimpsest - Charles Stross

Discworld detour detente dramatically different.

4 out of 5


Pastoral life breakdown.

3.5 out of 5


The US works on highly advanced nuclear weapons programs to stop something far worse that the Soviets have available : 'What exactly are these weapons systems?'' demands the third inquisitor, a quiet, hawk-faced man sitting on the left of the panel.

The shoggot'im, they're called: servitors. There are several kinds of advanced robotic systems made out of molecular components: they can change shape, restructure material at the atomic level -- '

3.5 out of 5


Interstellar spam.

3 out of 5


DSS = Deeply Scary Sorcerers. No chess at the Funny Farm please.

4 out of 5


Big network bypass fascist evidence breakthrough.


4.5 out of 5


Global warming Devil deal destruction wish banking.

4 out of 5


Dwarf mammoths are heavy. Supreme planetary overlords have bloody big houses. Multigendered metalflesh relations are jolly complex, old chap.

4 out of 5


Stasis self-inflicted senior self slaying separation self-Opposition.

4 out of 5



4.5 out of 5

Palimpset - Charles Stross

Stasis self-inflicted senior self slaying separation self-Opposition


4 out of 5

The Furthest Horizon - Gardner Dozois

A good anthology, at 3.50, a bit over the 3.75 mark to round up. The title suggests the theme, which is stories set a long way into the future, whether on Vance's Dying Earth, or in Smith's Instrumentality Of Mankind.

So says the editor: "Most science fiction takes place in the future, but even within the genre, few writers have ever had the imagination, poetic skills, and visionary scope to write convincingly about the really far future, and stories of that sort, which usually take place at least thousands and often millions of years from now, are among the rarest in science fiction."

The Keith Roberts story is set in the world of one of the incarnations of Moorcock's Eternal Champion, to wit, The Ice Schooner. So that was an interesting find.

I certainly do prefer the more recent stories to the older ones in this book, particularly Williams and McDonald, along with Robert Reed to pick the next.


Furthest Horizons : Guyal of Sfere - JACK VANCE
Furthest Horizons : Old Hundredth - BRIAN W. ALDISS
Furthest Horizons : Alpha Ralpha Boulevard - CORDWAINER SMITH
Furthest Horizons : Day Million - FREDERIK POHL
Furthest Horizons : Bumberboom - AVRAM DAVIDSON
Furthest Horizons : Coranda - KEITH ROBERTS
Furthest Horizons : Nightwings - ROBERT SILVERBERG
Furthest Horizons : Pale Roses - MICHAEL MOORCOCK
Furthest Horizons : Anniversary Project - JOE HALDEMAN
Furthest Horizons : Slow Music - JAMES TIPTREE, JR.
Furthest Horizons : The Map - GENE WOLFE
Furthest Horizons : Dinosaurs - WALTER JON WILLIAMS
Furthest Horizons : The Death Artist - ALEXANDER JABLOKOV
Furthest Horizons : Sister Alice - ROBERT REED
Furthest Horizons : Recording Angel - PAUL J . McAULEY
Furthest Horizons : Genesis - POUL ANDERSON
Furthest Horizons : The Days of Solomon Gursky - IAN McDONALD

Inquistive adventurer finds bunches of info.

3 out of 5


Bear shoulda got it.

2.5 out of 5


Hard to believe in France.

3 out of 5


Stored love.

3.5 out of 5


Dwerf Juggernaut shot.

3 out of 5


Ice Mother unicorn kill, Snow Princess.

3.5 out of 5


Guild breeding cycle invasion.

4 out of 5


Werther, a bit down, looks for something new.

3 out of 5


Literary analysis requires very old fashioned help.

3.5 out of 5


We went down to The River and into lust.

3.5 out of 5


Not coming back.

3 out of 5


Evolution specialisation inflexibility devastation.

4.5 out of 5


Please kill the real me, I deserve it.

3.5 out of 5


Young posthuman conflict training.

4 out of 5


Personality variations don't quite cut it, universal aims are worth a shot though.

4 out of 5


Bigarse AI can be slack, sneaky corner-cutters.

3.5 out of 5


Dead rebellion expansion.

4.5 out of 5



4 out of 5

Bumberboom - Avram Davidson

Dwerf Juggernaut shot.


3 out of 5

Coranda - Keith Roberts

Ice Mother unicorn kill, Snow Princess.


3.5 out of 5

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Envisaged Worlds - Paul Collins

At 3.38, quite good for an Australian only original anthology. A 3.75 type book, or just about.

Several good stories, with the standoutbeing David J. Lake.

Envisaged Worlds : Beyond Aldebaran - Wynne Whiteford
Envisaged Worlds : Not Without Precedent - A. Bertram Chandler
Envisaged Worlds : To Strike a Light - J. L. Elkhorne
Envisaged Worlds : The Cage of Flesh - Lee Harding
Envisaged Worlds : And Eve Was Drawn from the Rib of Adam - Van Ikin
Envisaged Worlds : Creator - David J. Lake
Envisaged Worlds : Nemaluk and the Star-Stone - Frank Bryning
Envisaged Worlds : The Girl Who Walked Like a Cat - Marjorie Mary Hurst
Envisaged Worlds : A Compassionate People - David Grigg
Envisaged Worlds : The Sentient Ship - John J. Alderson
Envisaged Worlds : A Marriage of True Minds - Rob Gerrand
Envisaged Worlds : Lillidli the Angel-Maker - Anthony Peacey
Envisaged Worlds : Freeroamer - Alan Carr
Envisaged Worlds : Project Hemingway - Albert Vann
Envisaged Worlds : What Evil Must Do - Lynette Godfrey
Envisaged Worlds : Witch of Normansk - Paul Collins
Envisaged Worlds : The Basic Difference - Wilma M. Parry
Envisaged Worlds : The Butterfly Must Die - Jack Wodhams
Envisaged Worlds : A Matter of Pushing the Right Buttons - Bruce Barnes
Envisaged Worlds : The Libber - M. Dimitri Kumashov
Envisaged Worlds : Better Be Good - Mary MacDonald

There's a smart tigerish race of aliens way ahead of us. Banzai!

3.5 out of 5


Just another alien invasion for the indigenous.

3.5 out of 5


You want to get back to nature? Sure, alien planet for you. Oh, and I zap you with lightning bolts if you do get non-natural.

3 out of 5


Killer party.

2.5 out of 5


Alien harem think deception.

4 out of 5


Universe making machine, or computer game story both prophetic and satiric.

4.5 out of 5


Can't lend a tentacle to help this planet's aboriginals, sorry.

3.5 out of 5


Too much pussy to marry her.

3.5 out of 5


Sorry, going to have to put your alien down. Just hope that doesn't mean intergalactic battle fleet gets mad.

4 out of 5


Just want a family, and a punt, not so smart guy.

3.5 out of 5


Blockheaded, double.

3.5 out of 5


Sex dwarf satellite shadow decade sentence.

3 out of 5


Biobots old news.

3.5 out of 5


Two hearts beat as one. Until a jealous husband puts a bullet in one. Gets you out of crazy spaceplane and into Rose Madder though.

3.5 out of 5


Fight and kill a lot, wherever.

2.5 out of 5


Practise at raiding.

3.5 out of 5


The hermaphroditic alien power pack reproduction thing.

3.5 out of 5


Or all the books will, oh well.

3 out of 5


This space captain management stuff.

3.5 out of 5


Planet of the Cannibal Women. Plus whatever blokes they haven't eaten.

4 out of 5


Don't like cheats around here. We'll mess with your head.

3 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

Better Be Good - Mary MacDonald

Don't like cheats around here. We'll mess with your head.


3 out of 5

The Libber - M. Dimitri Kumashov

Planet of the Cannibal Women. Plus whatever blokes they haven't eaten.


4 out of 5

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Butterfly Must Die - Jack Wodhams

Or all the books will, oh well.


3 out of 5

The Basic Difference - Wilma M. Parry

The hermaphroditic alien power pack reproduction thing.


3.5 out of 5

Friday, August 14, 2009

Witch Of Normansk - Paul Collins

Practise at raiding.


3.5 out of 5

What Evil Must Do - Lynnette Godfrey

Fight and kill a lot, wherever.


2.5 out of 5

Hugo-Winner on the Art of Editing Short Fiction - Ellen Datlow

"ED: I'm very broad in my definition of horror (two minor cuts made). There's a long tradition of science fiction horror like the story "Who Goes There," which became the movie The Thing, or The Fly. Then there's the continuum of which ranges from dark fantasy to horror. [Australian horror writer] Kaaron Warren says horror goes farther than dark fantasy. But what's that extra step that makes it horror? Horror is edgier. Dark fantasy feels mushier to me. Finding the difference - it's an instinct. And they overlap a lot."


4.5 out of 5

http://io9.com/5336103/hugo+winner-ellen-datlow-on-the-art-of-editing-short-fiction

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Project Hemingway - Alan Vann

Two hearts beat as one. Until a jealous husband puts a bullet in one. Gets you out of crazy spaceplane and into Rose Madder though.


3.5 out of 5

Freeroamer - Alan Carr

Biobots old news.


3.5 out of 5

The Dodd Mead Gallery Of Horror - Charles L. Grant

This is just an ok anthology, with a 3.20 average. The best being Morrell and King.

Gallery Of Horror : Something Nasty - William F. Nolan
Gallery Of Horror : Canavan's Back Yard - Joseph Payne Brennan
Gallery Of Horror : The Conqueror Worm - Stephen R. Donaldson
Gallery Of Horror : Death to the Easter Bunny! - Alan Ryan
Gallery Of Horror : The Rubber Room - Robert Bloch
Gallery Of Horror : Petey - T. E. D. Klein
Gallery Of Horror : Out of Sorts - Bernard Taylor
Gallery Of Horror : The Sunshine Club - Ramsey Campbell
Gallery Of Horror : Down Among the Dead Men - Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
Gallery Of Horror : The Crazy Chinaman - John Coyne
Gallery Of Horror : Gravid Babies - Michael Bishop
Gallery Of Horror : The Chair - Dennis Etchison
Gallery Of Horror : The Typewriter - David Morrell
Gallery Of Horror : Nunc Dimittis - Tanith Lee
Gallery Of Horror : Derelicts - Steve Rasnic Tem
Gallery Of Horror : In Darkness Angels - Eric Van Lustbader
Gallery Of Horror : The Arrows - Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Gallery Of Horror : Talent - Theodore Sturgeon
Gallery Of Horror : Aim for the Heart - Craig Shaw Gardner
Gallery Of Horror : Nona - Stephen King

Rotten in stomach.

3 out of 5


Beast of a bookseller.

3 out of 5


Bugged relationship.

3 out of 5


Got that furry monster, how for the xmas one.

4 out of 5


Ski-mask shadow scare. Crazy.

3 out of 5


Card facing.

2.5 out of 5


Moon snacks.

3 out of 5


Strange diet.

3 out of 5


Deathcamp vamp.

3.5 out of 5


Actually a Filipino jumper.

3 out of 5


Werewolf ghostwriting reproduction.

3 out of 5


Sherman execution.

2.5 out of 5


Out of words machine.

4 out of 5


Vampire princess scares Snake.

3 out of 5


Not too many live ones left.

2.5 out of 5


Wing change.

4 out of 5


Live canvas.

3.5 out of 5


Beetle bit boy shock.

3 out of 5


Staking will work on most women, really.

3.5 out of 5


Crazy for rat girl.

4 out of 5




3 out of 5

Gallery Of Horror - Charles L. Grant

This is just an ok anthology, with a 3.20 average. The best being Morrell and King.

Gallery Of Horror : Something Nasty - William F. Nolan
Gallery Of Horror : Canavan's Back Yard - Joseph Payne Brennan
Gallery Of Horror : The Conqueror Worm - Stephen R. Donaldson
Gallery Of Horror : Death to the Easter Bunny! - Alan Ryan
Gallery Of Horror : The Rubber Room - Robert Bloch
Gallery Of Horror : Petey - T. E. D. Klein
Gallery Of Horror : Out of Sorts - Bernard Taylor
Gallery Of Horror : The Sunshine Club - Ramsey Campbell
Gallery Of Horror : Down Among the Dead Men - Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
Gallery Of Horror : The Crazy Chinaman - John Coyne
Gallery Of Horror : Gravid Babies - Michael Bishop
Gallery Of Horror : The Chair - Dennis Etchison
Gallery Of Horror : The Typewriter - David Morrell
Gallery Of Horror : Nunc Dimittis - Tanith Lee
Gallery Of Horror : Derelicts - Steve Rasnic Tem
Gallery Of Horror : In Darkness Angels - Eric Van Lustbader
Gallery Of Horror : The Arrows - Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Gallery Of Horror : Talent - Theodore Sturgeon
Gallery Of Horror : Aim for the Heart - Craig Shaw Gardner
Gallery Of Horror : Nona - Stephen King

Rotten in stomach.

3 out of 5


Beast of a bookseller.

3 out of 5


Bugged relationship.

3 out of 5


Got that furry monster, how for the xmas one.

4 out of 5


Ski-mask shadow scare. Crazy.

3 out of 5


Card facing.

2.5 out of 5


Moon snacks.

3 out of 5


Strange diet.

3 out of 5


Deathcamp vamp.

3.5 out of 5


Actually a Filipino jumper.

3 out of 5


Werewolf ghostwriting reproduction.

3 out of 5


Sherman execution.

2.5 out of 5


Out of words machine.

4 out of 5


Vampire princess scares Snake.

3 out of 5


Not too many live ones left.

2.5 out of 5


Wing change.

4 out of 5


Live canvas.

3.5 out of 5


Beetle bit boy shock.

3 out of 5


Staking will work on most women, really.

3.5 out of 5


Crazy for rat girl.

4 out of 5




3 out of 5

Aim For the Heart - Craig Shaw Gardner

Staking will work on most women, really.


3.5 out of 5

Talent - Theodore Sturgeon

Beetle bit boy shock.


3 out of 5

The Arrows - Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Live canvas.


3.5 out of 5

Derelicts - Steve Rasnic Tem

Not too many live ones left.


2.5 out of 5

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Typewriter - David Morrell

Out of words machine.


4 out of 5

The Chair - Dennis Etchison

Sherman execution.


2.5 out of 5

Gravid Babies - Michael Bishop

Werewolf ghostwriting reproduction.


3 out of 5

The Crazy Chinaman - John Coyne

Actually a Filipino jumper.


3 out of 5

Down Among the Dead Men - Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann

Deathcamp vamp.


3.5 out of 5

Out Of Sorts - Bernard Taylor

Moon snacks.


3 out of 5

Petey - T. E. D. Klein

Card facing.


2.5 out of 5

The Rubber Room - Robert Bloch

Ski-mask shadow scare. Crazy.


3 out of 5

Death To the Easter Bunny - Alan Ryan

Got that furry monster, how for the xmas one.


4 out of 5

Canavan's Back Yard - Joseph Payne Brennan

Beast of a bookseller.


3 out of 5

Something Nasty - William F. Nolan

Rotten in stomach. With owl's eye soup.


3 out of 5

Hit - Bruce McAllister

On a Mission From God. Of the killing vampire kind.


3.5 out of 5

Nunc Dimittis - Tanith Lee

Vampire princess scares Snake.


3 out of 5

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Girl Who Walked Like A Cat - Marjorie Mary Hurst

Too much pussy to marry her.


3.5 out of 5

A Compassionate People - David Grigg

Sorry, going to have to put your alien down. Just hope that doesn't meanintergalactic battle fleet gets mad.


4 out of 5

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Nemaluk and the Star-Stone - Frank Bryning

Can't lend a tentacle to help this planet's aboriginals, sorry.


3.5 out of 5

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sandstorm - James Rollins

The sort of thriller that SF fans can like.

Not so much with the pages of infodumps on the size of the ammo and how gung-ho they are, but more with the crazy but sort of plausible scientific adventure.

Here we have antimatter meteorites, an actual Indiana Jones (well, Omaha) archaeologist character. Desert leopards, rich English aristocrats, secret government conspiracies, and all-female clans of women with mind powers (who like the clothing optional operation). Plus an ancient hidden city.

Throw Sigma Force into that, a group of special forces operatives with PhDs (no, they aren't in a band or surgeons, so you don't have to hate them), and you have plenty of scientific military mayhem to be had. On camels, too.

Fun stuff.


3.5 out of 5

Cage Of Flesh - Leigh Harding

Killer party.


2.5 out of 5

To Strike A Light - J. L. Elkhorne

You want to get back to nature? Sure, alien planet for you. Oh, and I zap you with lightning bolts if you do get non-natural.


3 out of 5