Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Interzone 228 - Andy Cox

A bunch of no good, and two decent stories, along with the usual bunch of book and movie reviews. Raging Phoenix, maybe? :)

Anyway, Jason Sanford again fails to be boring, and the Yuan-Innes story has its moments.

Interzone 228 : UNTIED STATES OF AMERICA - Mario Milosevic
Interzone 228 : IRON MONK - Melissa Yuan-Innes
Interzone 228 : A PASSION FOR ART - David D. Levine
Interzone 228 : PLAGUE BIRDS - Jason Sanford
Interzone 228 : OVER WATER - Jon Ingold

Continental breakup bits.

2.5 out of 5


Mutating furry Little Tiger?

3.5 out of 5


Dead packing.

2.5 out of 5


Poxy AI Beu kill wolfy.

3.5 out of 5


Bored and Hawny.

2.5 out of 5



2.5 out of 5

Midnight News - Lisa Goldstein

Helena's choice.


3 out of 5

Over Water - Jon Ingold

Bored and Hawny.


2.5 out of 5

Plague Birds - Jason Sanford

Poxy AI Beu kill wolfy.


3.5 out of 5

A Passion For Art - David D. Levine

Dead packing.


2.5 out of 5

Iron Monk - Melissa Yuan-Innes

Mutating furry Little Tiger?


3.5 out of 5

Untied States Of America - Mario Milosevic

Continental breakup bits.


2.5 out of 5

Asimov's 416 - Sheila Williams

Bad is the word for this magazine, with a terrible sub-3.0 average, and nothing at all worth bothering with.

Other than the non-fiction, luckily, which is rather better.

ASIMOVS416 : BACKLASH - Nancy Fulda
ASIMOVS416 : THE PALACE IN THE CLOUDS - Eugene Mirabelli
ASIMOVS416 : WHEAT RUST - Benjamin Crowell
ASIMOVS416 : FOR WANT OF A NAIL - Mary Robinette Kowal
ASIMOVS416 : THE SULTAN OF THE CLOUDS - Geoffrey A. Landis

Killing daughters time.

3 out of 5


Venetian sunk.

2.5 out of 5


Silly man.

2.5 out of 5


AI wrangling.

3 out of 5


Venus terraform fall.

3 out of 5




1.5 out of 5

The Sultan of the Clouds - Geoffrey A. Landis

Venus terraform fall.


3 out of 5

For Want Of A Nail - Mary Robinette Kowal

AI wrangling.


3 out of 5

Wheat Rust - Benjamin Crowell

Silly man.


2.5 out of 5

The Palace In the Clouds - Eugene Mirabelli

Venetian sunk.


2.5 out of 5

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 23 - Gardner Dozois

Continuing what was seen in the Hartwell book, a definite down year for SF stories, this only coming in at 3.59. In other words, lots of 3.5s and not so many 4s. Griffith and Cornell the highlights, followed by Watts and McDonald.

The usual interesting lengthy overview of the year, too.

Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Utriusque Cosmi - Robert Charles Wilson
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : A Story With Beans - Steven Gould
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Under The Shouting Sky - Karl Bunker
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Events Preceding The Helvetican Revolution - John Kessel
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Useless Things - Maureen F Mchugh
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Black Swan - Bruce Sterling
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Crimes And Glory - Paul Mcauley
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Seventh Fall - Alexander Irvine
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Butterfly Bomb - Dominic Green
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Infinites - Vandana Singh
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Things Undone - John Barnes
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : On The Human Plan - Jay Lake
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : The Island - Peter Watts
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : The Integrity Of The Chain - Lavie Tidhar
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Lion Walk - Mary Rosenblum
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Escape To Other Worlds With Science Fiction - Jo Walton
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Three Leaves Of Aloe - Rand B Lee
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Mongoose - Elizabeth Bear And Sarah Monette
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Paradiso Lost - Albert E. Cowdrey
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : It Takes Two - Nicola Griffith
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Blocked - Geoff Ryman
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Solace - James Van Pelt
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Act One - Nancy Kress
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Twilight Of The Gods - John C Wright
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Blood Dauber - Ted Kosmatka & Michael Poore
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : This Wind Blowing And This Tide - Damien Broderick
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Hair - Adam Roberts
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Before My Last Breath - Robert Reed
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : One Of Our Bastards Is Missing - Paul Cornell
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Edison's Frankenstein - Chris Roberson
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Erosion - Ian Creasey
Year's Best Science Fiction 27 : Vishnu At The Cat Circus - Ian Mcdonald

Dark matter universe jumping Invisible Enemy Rapture, go fast, kid.

3.5 out of 5


Metal eating bugs, Word.

3.5 out of 5


Just a breathless, alien finding job.

3.5 out of 5


Monk play nicking folded soldier escape.

3.5 out of 5


Monk play nicking folded soldier escape.

3.5 out of 5


Finding the best Italy.

3.5 out of 5


Q-phone Elder space investigation.

4 out of 5


Travelling play.

3 out of 5


Rock god leftovers.

3.5 out of 5


Farishta door.

3 out of 5


Polymnemonic scenario.

3 out of 5


Old story excavation.

3.5 out of 5


Gate Mission live Dyson sphere violence Chimp conflict.

4 out of 5


Other tuk-tuk, with spaceship.

3 out of 5


Preserver snuff conspiracy dinner end.

4 out of 5


Pastiche medley headliners.

3.5 out of 5


Chiphead disconnect.

3.5 out of 5


Station Dreamquest Wonderland abortion.

3.5 out of 5


Alien War colony bubble space romance secret orders telepathic dwarf diplomatic slaughter.

4.5 out of 5


Strip memory contract.

4.5 out of 5


Go Down among the dead men.

3.5 out of 5


Long trip pain.

3.5 out of 5


Genemod empathy nurtured.

4 out of 5


Ring Gap Into Madness.

3.5 out of 5


Big grubby zoo.

3 out of 5


Dragon ship discovery.

3.5 out of 5


Poor plant photosynthesis plan.

3.5 out of 5


Alien Graveyard Project.

4 out of 5


Queenfold deception Balance rescue.

4.5 out of 5


Lazarus. Like Lightning!

3 out of 5


Exoskinny trapped.

3.5 out of 5


Too much AI and uploading could be bad for lots of universes.

4 out of 5


Station Dreamquest Wonderland abortion.

3.5 out of 5





4.5 out of 5

Hair - Adam Roberts

Poor plant photosynthesis plan.


3.5 out of 5

The Ice Wolves - Mark Chadbourn

Another good Hellboy novel.

This time Hellboy is surprised by friend and liaision Kate Corrigan asking him to meet her at her university office. She explains it is about some research and a colleague who has also been doing some work of interest.

Then things get literally chilly, as the uber-werewolves have the Heart of Winter, and are after information on where to find its complementary artifact so they can basically rule the world and eat everybody.

Hellboy is not alone here as he tracks down the estranged son of the man who has bought an old mansion and storehouse of mystic artifacts. He and his partner Lisa are back from stints as war journalists in Iraq, and are both in denial about their relationship.

Hellboy only has to be able to apply enough force to an army of werewolves, survive the cold, get a son who thinks his father killed his mother to reconcile, and convince a journalist monsters exist.

Plus ghosts, demons, spooks, and random timeslips.

All the good stuff.


3.5 out of 5

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Shadowline - Glen Cook

Relatives and rivals - the feuds that grew out of the pressure of being sent to a military academy so that you would become one of the society's upper class have repercussions for the rest of their lives. Violent ones, as in space war with mercenary companies, killing your children, harvesting brains for future use and plenty of other nice stuff like that.

As well as passing on your tragic vendettas to later generations. Space opera tragedy I suppose you would call this, as it would appear it can only end very badly for almost everybody.

Another extremely solid Cook effort.


3.5 out of 5

This Is Not A Game - Walter Jon Williams

An ok novel. Of less interest to people who couldn't give a you know what about ARGs probably (which includes me). So, friends who are game geeks grow up and become involved in plots to make money, producing ARGs and some murder and other assorted crimes.

Plus there's a bit of directing player energies en masse towards solving problems that are actually real, even if they don't know it.

Just average, and feels rather stretched for either SF or thriller, and it isn't really much of the latter.


3 out of 5

Target Earth - Steve Perry

Apparently from an idea by Leonard Nimoy and with some feedback from Isaac Asimov came this franchise.

And very obviously wanting to be a tv show with how simple it is. The evil alien overlord birdman running from someone worse, the handful of likable yank characters - smart nerd kid, grad student gamer who finds the SETI signal, a general, a chief of staff, an out of favour troubleshooting major, etc. Most of the time is spent with them before the general public gets wind is going on, so a small scale and not so interesting story when done like that.


3 out of 5

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Backlash - Nancy Fulda

Killing daughters time.


3 out of 5

Analog 953 - Stanley Schmidt

Nothing of particular note, the Hemry story is the best. There's an article about gravity waves.

ANALOG953 : THE RIFT - John G. Hemry
ANALOG953 : MIDWIFE CRISIS - Dave Creek
ANALOG953 : THE WHOLE TRUTH WITNESS - Kenneth Schneyer
ANALOG953 : THE ALIEN AT THE ALAMO - Arlan Andrews
ANALOG953 : NEVER SAW IT COMING - Jerry Oltion
ANALOG953 : THE GREAT GALACTIC GHOUL - Allen M. Steele
ANALOG953 : GHOSTS COME HOME - Justin Stanchfield

Izkop wipeout Prometheus god agent surrender.

3.5 out of 5


Leviathan helpng easier with fluke.

3 out of 5


Nanobot cosmetic.

3 out of 5


Governments too dumb for us. Beer ok though.

2 out of 5


Harbinger no doom.

3 out of 5


Space monsters don't exist, but it is still easy to be dead.

3.5 out of 5


Space pilots against fungus.

3.5 out of 5



3 out of 5

Ghosts Come Home - Justin Stanchfield

Space pilots against fungus.


3.5 out of 5

The Great Galactic Ghoul - Allen M. Steele

Space monsters don't exist, but it is still easy to be dead.


3.5 out of 5

Never Saw It Coming - Jerry Oltion

Harbinger no doom.


3 out of 5

The Alien At The Alamo - Arlan Andrews

Governments too dumb for us. Beer ok though.


2 out of 5

The Whole Truth Witness - Kenneth Schneyer

Nanobot cosmetic.


3 out of 5

King Maker - Maurice Broaddus

Another book that moves an Arthurian story to modern times - and this time an American low-rent gangster setting for a good chunk of it.

A little more obliquely than some, a la MAGE etc.

Throw in your nasty faeries that pack heat, trolls that eat people and might do likewise.

Pretty amazing actually how many times the whole Arthurian thing turns up in the USA as opposed to say, Ireland, or Uganda, or Paraguay.


3 out of 5

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Rift - John G. Hemry

Izkop wipeout Prometheus god agent surrender.


3.5 out of 5

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Year's Best SF 15 - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer

Definitely a down year for SF, a few very good stories, but a lot of average, and only one standout by Cornell - a 3.40 average is just a garden variety anthology number.

Year's Best SF 15 : Infinities - Vandana Singh
Year's Best SF 15 : This Peaceable Land or the Unbearable Vision of Harriet Beacher Stowe - Robert Charles Wilson
Year's Best SF 15 : The Unstrung Zither - Yoon Ha Lee
Year's Best SF 15 : Black Swan - Bruce Sterling
Year's Best SF 15 : Exegesis - Nancy Kress
Year's Best SF 15 : Erosion - Ian Creasey
Year's Best SF 15 : Collision - Gwyneth Jones
Year's Best SF 15 : Donovan Sent Me - Gene Wolfe
Year's Best SF 15 : The Calculus Plague - Marissa K. Lingen
Year's Best SF 15 : The Island - Peter Watts
Year's Best SF 15 : One of Our Bastards Is Missing - Paul Cornell
Year's Best SF 15 : Lady of the White-Spired City - Sarah L. Edwards
Year's Best SF 15 : The Highway Code - Brian Stableford
Year's Best SF 15 : On the Destruction of Copenhagen by the War Machines of the Merfolk - Peter M. Ball
Year's Best SF 15 : The Fixation - Alastair Reynolds
Year's Best SF 15 : In Our Garden - Brenda Cooper
Year's Best SF 15 : Blocked - Geoff Ryman
Year's Best SF 15 : The Last Apostle - Michael Cassut
Year's Best SF 15 : Another Life - Charles Oberndorf
Year's Best SF 15 : The Consciousness Problem - Mary Robinette Kowal
Year's Best SF 15 : Tempest 43 - Stephen Baxter
Year's Best SF 15 : Bespoke - Genevieve Valentine
Year's Best SF 15 : Attitude Adjustment - Eric James Stone
Year's Best SF 15 : Edison's Frankenstein - Chris Roberson

Farishta door.

3 out of 5


Liberty Lodge pictorial illumination.

4 out of 5


Ashworld assassin dragons.

3.5 out of 5


Finding the best Italy.

3.5 out of 5


Frankly future fragments.

3 out of 5


Exoskinny trapped.

3.5 out of 5


Navigator man.

3.5 out of 5


Churchill's a yank, so better Luger him.

3 out of 5


Viral memory experiments.

3.5 out of 5


Gate Mission live Dyson sphere violence Chimp conflict.

4 out of 5


Queenfold deception Balance rescue.

4.5 out of 5


Archive need.

3 out of 5


Long haul robots must roll, except in case of volcano rescue.

4 out of 5


Merpeeps, still not with the long title liking. Plus giant killer robots.

3.5 out of 5


Multiversal mechanism order stealing fix ghosts.

4 out of 5


Fly find.

2.5 out of 5


Go Down among the dead men.

3.5 out of 5


Moon water ice better than alien pink stuff, anyway.

3.5 out of 5


No Noriko war Haven, Amanda Sam.

4 out of 5


Clone hubster gone, wife, maybe.

3.5 out of 5


AI Heroic Solution.

3 out of 5


Time for clothes.

3 out of 5


Moonskimmer inertia.

3 out of 5


Lazarus. Like Lightning!

3 out of 5



3.5 out of 5

Edison's Frankenstein - Chris Roberson

Lazarus. Like Lightning!


3 out of 5

The Last Apostle - Michael Cassut

Moon water ice better than alien pink stuff, anyway.


3.5 out of 5

Friday, September 17, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sandman Slim - Richard Kadrey

Cross John Taylor Nightside with Brimstone and throw in a dash of Ghost Rider and you have something like this.

In fact there just may be a Ghost Rider joke here in the absolute failure to be a cool motorocycle fiend, painfully.

Out of Hell and back to LA - not much of an improvement, in general, it seems - and supernatural bad guys have set up shop there, too.

This is ok but nothing really to recommend it over anything else.

The main character himself is not that convincing in the sudden angel spearing powerup denouement type deal, either, I think, given the lack of such previously.

3.5 out of 5

Geosynchron - David Louis Edelman

Geosynchron is an improvement on the second book, but it takes a while to get going - which more of the same sort of thing from the second in the first part.

Then it starts to get more interesting as the scenario of what this new technology may cause to happen unfolds - and what might be the consequences if you stop out.

Also of what those previously pesky artificial intelligences might be up to with this choose your own reality adventure stuff.


3.5 out of 5

City of Souls - Vicki Pettersson

Or not Sign of the Zodiac, as the case may be for not super anymore J. Archer in the body of her sister.

In fact, there is some going Rogue - a group of non-aligned superhumans would like to upset the balance of power between Light and Shadow and make something a little greyer and more welcoming.

There's also a wedding, and that problematic family thing. This wedding somewhat more like the democratic convention in Wild Cards with the knife wielding super maniac though.


3.5 out of 5

Monday, September 13, 2010

Multireal - David Louis Edelman

A definite case of trilogitis here as this middle book reads like exactly that.

Not a patch on or as interesting as the very good first novel. Here the story follows some other characters, changing the focus from Natch to what is going on with some of the minor characters like Jara, and what is happening with the manoeuvring around Multireal.

Definitely disappointing.


3 out of 5

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson - Kim Stanley Robinson

A bunch of very good stories and a bunch of average stories. Or what you'd expect from a random collection from a decent author - a stock standard 3.41 average. If you have all the well-known ones already, no need to get this unless you are a fan, apart from the fact it is a webscription book, so in a great format and DRM free, and a good price which makes them worth getting for the hell of it.

If you haven't read his stories before, it is definitely worth it.

Best of Kim Stanley Robinson : Venice Drowned - Kim Stanley Robinson
Best of Kim Stanley Robinson : Ridge Running - Kim Stanley Robinson
Best of Kim Stanley Robinson : Before I Wake - Kim Stanley Robinson
Best of Kim Stanley Robinson : Black Air - Kim Stanley Robinson
Best of Kim Stanley Robinson : The Lucky Strike - Kim Stanley Robinson
Best of Kim Stanley Robinson : A Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions - Kim Stanley Robinson
Best of Kim Stanley Robinson : Arthur Sternbach Brings the Curveball to Mars - Kim Stanley Robinson
Best of Kim Stanley Robinson : The Blind Geometer - Kim Stanley Robinson
Best of Kim Stanley Robinson : Our Town - Kim Stanley Robinson
Best of Kim Stanley Robinson : Escape from Kathmandu - Kim Stanley Robinson
Best of Kim Stanley Robinson : Remaking History - Kim Stanley Robinson
Best of Kim Stanley Robinson : The Translator - Kim Stanley Robinson
Best of Kim Stanley Robinson : Glacier - Kim Stanley Robinson
Best of Kim Stanley Robinson : The Lunatics - Kim Stanley Robinson
Best of Kim Stanley Robinson : Zurich - Kim Stanley Robinson
Best of Kim Stanley Robinson : Vinland the Dream - Kim Stanley Robinson
Best of Kim Stanley Robinson : A History of the Twentieth Century with Illustrations - Kim Stanley Robinson
Best of Kim Stanley Robinson : Muir on Shasta - Kim Stanley Robinson
Best of Kim Stanley Robinson : Sexual Dimorphism - Kim Stanley Robinson
Best of Kim Stanley Robinson : Discovering Life - Kim Stanley Robinson
Best of Kim Stanley Robinson : Prometheus Unbound At Last - Kim Stanley Robinson
Best of Kim Stanley Robinson : The Timpanist of the Berlin Philharmonic 1942 - Kim Stanley Robinson

Underwater recovery deal.

4 out of 5


Mountain goat maniacs.

3 out of 5


Sleep pain.

3 out of 5


Can't walk on water, Saint Anna.

3 out of 5


Japan nuke near miss punishment.

4.5 out of 5


Bomb choices, no diff.

3 out of 5


A coach has to adapt the game to the physics of the red planet, and help a young man along the way.

4 out of 5


Microuniversal power play plugged by polyhedral plonking.

4 out of 5


Ectogene scandal.

3 out of 5


Yeti rescue.

4 out of 5


Hostage movie fun.

3.5 out of 5


Ritual war heat.

3.5 out of 5


Even if you were a dog, you ain't going to be in Kansas, ever.

3.5 out of 5


Promethium vision holed.

3 out of 5


White Swiss.

2.5 out of 5


Viking hoax investigation.

3.5 out of 5


War research cure.

4 out of 5


Bixby melt.

2.5 out of 5


Women, men, pretty similar most of the time. Boobs float differently while swimming, apparently.

4 out of 5


Bloody bacteria, fix here maybe.

3.5 out of 5


Novel outline Science Mutual.

3 out of 5


Nazi music captives.

3 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

The Timpanist Of The Berlin Philharmonic 1942 - Kim Stanley Robinson

Nazi music captives.


3 out of 5

Discovering Life - Kim Stanley Robinson

Bloody bacteria, fix here maybe.


3.5 out of 5

Muir On Shasta - Kim Stanley Robinson

Bixby melt.


2.5 out of 5

Zurich - Kim Stanley Robinson

White Swiss.


2.5 out of 5

The Lunatics - Kim Stanley Robinson

Promethium vision holed.


3 out of 5

The Translator - Kim Stanley Robinson

Ritual war heat.


3.5 out of 5

Our Town - Kim Stanley Robinson

Ectogene scandal.


3 out of 5

A Sensitive Dependence On Initial Conditions - Kim Stanley Robinson

Bomb choices, no diff.


3 out of 5

Before I Wake - Kim Stanley Robinson

Sleep pain.


3 out of 5

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Empire of Light - Gary Gibson

A little disappointing is the conclusion to this trilogy. Still a decent book, but not as interesting as the first two.

Part of the problem perhaps is that Dakota Merrick is rather a ghost here, and very much secondary to Lucas Corso and what is going on with him. Trader is around, too, occasionally, but the major thread surrounds corso.

That being to try and stop huge swathes of their space being annihilated by Emissaries who don't like them.

That bit is all good, desperate ship nicking and finding super weapons that can stop other superweapons, etc.

It finishes with a hook for more - with Dakota Merrick - which leaves you with a sort of a huh? feeling as far as that goes.

(call it 3.25)
3.5 out of 5

Swords and Dark Magic - Jonathan Strahan and Lou Anders

As a sword and sorcery anthology this generally succeeds, and in general the writers understand what that actually means.

Except for Gene Wolfe. Having read a lot of stuff by Wolfe, I see no evidence of him ever having the ability to produce a sword and sorcery story.
And I still don't. As a story his is passable - and I do happen to like chess. However, passable, but a failure as a S&S tale. A case of editor really likes writer and wants the name perhaps, but they certainly should have dumped this. You wouldn't ask Glen Cook to write fluffy unicorn stories, so same thing, wrong writer.

They also could have got rid of the Silverberg. Maybe the Majipoor thing was a selling point, but this was ordinary and predictable and also outside the subgenre.

While I don't think you'd ever get a sword and sorcery story out of Wolfe, even if you beat him over the head with a hammer, it seems that Michael Moorcock can still do it if he wants to - and with what he has produced here, he could probably manage it with one hand while beating Gene Wolfe in the head with the hammer in the other.

Steven Erikson, along with the camel-killing sized novels has shown a talent for shorter work in the novella, and this is shorter still. Goats of Glory is one of the three best stories in this book, the other two being the aforementioned Moorcock, and Tim Lebbon's 'Echo City' tale. The other standouts are Enge's Singing Spear and Lynch's library exam outing.

I like the Black Company a lot, so was very happy to see another story, however I think that those unfamiliar may find this one a little lacking.

Rounding up, this book gets a 4.5. Without the bad cases of editormusthaveitis and replaced with something that fits it would approach the top score.

Swords and Dark Magic : Goats of Glory - Steven Erikson
Swords and Dark Magic : Tides Elba A Tale of the Black Company - Glen Cook
Swords and Dark Magic : Bloodsport - Gene Wolfe
Swords and Dark Magic : The Singing Spear - James Enge
Swords and Dark Magic : A Wizard of Wiscezan - C. J. Cherryh
Swords and Dark Magic : A Rich Full Week - K. J. Parker
Swords and Dark Magic : A Suitable Present for a Sorcerous Puppet - Garth Nix
Swords and Dark Magic : Red Pearls An Elric Story - Michael Moorcock
Swords and Dark Magic : The Deification of Dal Bamore - Tim Lebbon
Swords and Dark Magic : Dark Times at the Midnight Market - Robert Silverberg
Swords and Dark Magic : The Undefiled - Greg Keyes
Swords and Dark Magic : Dapple Hew the Tint Master - Michael Shea
Swords and Dark Magic : In the Stacks - Scott Lynch
Swords and Dark Magic : Two Lions A Witch and the War-Robe - Tanith Lee
Swords and Dark Magic : The Sea Troll's Daughter - Caitlin R Kiernan
Swords and Dark Magic : Thieves of Daring - Bill Willingham
Swords and Dark Magic : The Fool Jobs - Joe Abercrombie

We kill demons for a living, silly shovel boy.

4 out of 5


Taken generation garrison not hairy.

4 out of 5


Chess tyrant chop.

3 out of 5


You killed my bartender, demon. You're really in the shit now.

4 out of 5


Tewk me. I'm an illusion Master.

3.5 out of 5


DeadHeadroom for improvement

3.5 out of 5


Maladroit music mishaps, evil entity. Naked God preferred.

4 out of 5


Sphere world Phroom pirate slaughter dragon dad distraction White Sword steal.

4.5 out of 5


Sorcerer torture scare stunt revenant rebellion ending.

4 out of 5


Potion deflowering rebound problem.

3 out of 5


Godridden good riddance, virgins.

3.5 out of 5


Slymire crystal revelation.

3.5 out of 5


Vocabuvore giant exam passing psycho roommate consumption.

4 out of 5


Better if you geas don't think about it, brothers.

3.5 out of 5


Kill dad, no big deal short girls. Want furs?

3 out of 5


Sorcerers. If you stab them and they don't die they have an absolute shitload of deathtraps.

4 out of 5


No, get that thing.

3.5 out of 5




4.5 out of 5

The Fool Jobs - Joe Abercrombie

No, get that thing.


3.5 out of 5

Thieves of Daring - Bill Willingham

Sorcerers. If you stab them and they don't die they have an absolute shitload of deathtraps.


4 out of 5

The Sea Troll's Daughter - Caitlin R. Kiernan

Kill dad, no big deal short girls. Want furs?


3 out of 5

Two Lions A Witch And The War-robe - Tanith Lee

Better if you geas don't think about it, brothers.


3.5 out of 5

Friday, September 3, 2010

Modesty Blaise - What Might Have Been

If an actual director and film company with a clue had the rights to the movie when a certain actress was in her prime, we might have had tie-in editions like this :-

Modesty Blaise 01 - Modesty Blaise

Modesty Blaise 02 - Sabre-Tooth

Modesty Blaise 03 - I, Lucifer

Modesty Blaise 04 - A Taste For Death

Modesty Blaise 05 - The Impossible Virgin

Modesty Blaise 06 - Pieces of Modesty

Modesty Blaise 07 - Last Day In Limbo

Modesty Blaise 08 - Dragon's Claw

Modesty Blaise 09 - The Silver Mistress

Modesty Blaise 10 - The Xanadu Talisman

Modesty Blaise 11 - The Night of Morningstar

Modesty Blaise 12 - Dead Man's Handle

Modesty Blaise 13 - Cobra Trap