Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Scream Angel - Douglas Smith

A major goes rogue after being one of a special forces project that massacred alien sentient races under the influence of a drug that hightens all emotions into pleasure, including those felt during violent massacres.

He rescues some lifeforms as he does so, and uses the good old off the beaten path space circus as a cover to do so. Two of the bird people, a couple, produce the Scream drug as part of their physiology, so are immensely valuable, and eventually he is tracked down. He must deal with it aided by his eclectic group of friends and employees.


4 out of 5

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Vs. Reality - Blake Northcott

A solid take on the coming of superhumans. This time with your dodgy military industrial complex reasons.

A down and out MMA fighter has a flush friend take him to a club to get his mind off his 9th consecutive beatdown - and to score chicks.

The woman that draws his attention proves to be dangerous, and on the run. She can open gateways in reality, and is being pursued by the crowd that want people with special abilities to be locked away and done away with. For money.

Her new acquaintance also manifests an ability when her Collector pursuers find her outside the nightclub - that of your brick type.

Escaping, he gets the story of her and the small group of outcasts she works with - and the power activating drug Muse their chemist powered bloke came up with.

But this still doesn't change the fact that their continual embarrassment of their pursuers means pursuit is about to be stepped up.

Says a number 1 and definitely set up for a second part.


3.5 out of 5

131 Days - Keith C. Blackmore

Here's a fantasy gladiator story, set in the same Sunja world as the Troll Hunter it would appear. The story revolving around the yearly festival tournament and the rivalries and skullduggeries (and gambling) surrounding several schools of gladiators. This is complicated by the existence of Free Trained gladiators - not slaves or criminals - but men who choose to fight of their own free will. And they are improving, which means killing more of the house slave gladiators. With chapters of the novella revolving around the various contests it is well structured and raises interesting future possibilities for more stories of gladiator politics and conflict.


4 out of 5

From Within - John M. Dow

The author states that From Within is an homage to 70s and 80s horror and it certainly comes across that way. Or if you wanted some later work that this would be reminiscent of, then Mark Chadbourn's Age of Misrule. Both Celtic flavoured horror.

Here, however, the battleground is a smaller. A small Scottish town that has been a periodic warring place for two celtic deities, Anu and Arawyn. Three people are drawn here, two men and a woman and a local boy is also involved. Hellhounds, zombies and spirit avatars collide with a handful of firearms as the people realise the town is inescapable and they have to face their fate.

A well done book.


3.5 out of 5

Monday, September 26, 2011

Prime Evil - Douglas E. Winter

An excellent Steven King novella, a few other decent stories and a lot of junk means this one is only a 3.15.

Prime Evil : The Night Flier - Stephen King
Prime Evil : Having a Woman at Lunch - Paul E. Hazel
Prime Evil : The Blood Kiss - Dennis Etchison
Prime Evil : Coming to Grief - Clive Barker
Prime Evil : Food - Thomas Tessier
Prime Evil : The Great God Pan - M. John Harrison
Prime Evil : Orange Is for Anguish Blue for Insanity - David Morrell
Prime Evil : The Juniper Tree - Peter Straub
Prime Evil : Spinning Tales with the Dead - Charles L. Grant
Prime Evil : Alice’s Last Adventure - Thomas Ligotti
Prime Evil : Next Time You'll Know Me - Ramsey Campbell
Prime Evil : The Pool - Whitley Strieber
Prime Evil : By Reason of Darkness - Jack Cady

Invisible, and pisses blood. Not good. Piss myself the ordinary way, very likely.

4.5 out of 5


With some condiments.

3 out of 5


Script Cross.

3.5 out of 5


Bogey-Walk mum.

3.5 out of 5


Six hundred pounds of sluggy beautiful.

3 out of 5


Divorced from story glimpse.

2.5 out of 5


Mad artist obsession.

3 out of 5


Oriental-Orpheum boy.

2 out of 5


Bloody river woman belief.

3.5 out of 5


Preston horror.

2.5 out of 5


Unless writing about failed writer in faux typewriter font, of course.

1.5 out of 5


Dead son in.

3.5 out of 5


Blackbird war sacrifice.

3 out of 5



2.5 out of 5

The Technician - Neal Asher

A solid Polity outing as the story deals with the aftermath of the planet Masada joining the Polity along with all the other things of interest there. Such as the degenerate Atheter Gabbleducks, AI investigation into the same, an Atheter AI and the Technician, a Hooder-like ancient Atheter war machine.

Rising Atheter activity also means the return of the mechanism designed by themelves to destroy all traces of Atheter intelligence. All such trickiness is going to involve Jain technology again.


3.5 out of 5

By Reason of Darkness - Jack Cady

Blackbird war sacrifice.


3 out of 5

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Skeleton Key - James Rollins

Seichan gets shanghaied into rescuing the son of a Guild member who has become associated with a crazed Swiss death cult. The deadly control collar method can backfire on you though.


3.5 out of 5

Flee 1 - J. A. Konrath and Ann Voss Peterson

A webcam date - and a secretive job.


3.5 out of 5

The Detachment 1-3 - Barry Eisler

John Rain finds people watching him at Judo training in Tokyo. He decides to make it a smaller number watching him.


4 out of 5

The Lost Coast - Barry Eisler

Larison is on the move, avoiding people, when he runs into a gay bashing setup and turns the tables.


4 out of 5

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside - Christopher Fowler

Dummy eaten.


3.5 out of 5

The Skeptic - Jennifer Roberson

Sidebar manipulation.


3 out of 5

Xenoforming Earth - Tom Gerencer

Naag strategy.


3.5 out of 5

The Juniper Tree - Peter Straub

Oriental-Orpheum boy.


2 out of 5

Resident Alien - Barbara Delaplace

Ambassador student.


3 out of 5

Eagle Has Landed - Robert J. Sawyer

Probe watcher.


3 out of 5

Last Wave - Kay Kenyon

Fishy alien chute.


3.5 out of 5

Pedagogy - Michael A. Burstein

Alien lesson.


3 out of 5

The Taste of Promises - Rachel Swirsky

Nerve ripper woody lifted.


3 out of 5

Goodnight Moons - Ellen Klages

Martian baby.


3 out of 5

The Duke of Riverside - Ellen Kushner

Inheritance deal.


3 out of 5

On the Slide - Richard Bowes

Quinlan changes.


2.5 out of 5

The Corsers' Hinge - D. M. Cornish

Shiggeloth Sprawle.


3 out of 5

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Year's Best Science Fiction Twenty-Eighth Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois

The best of the Year's Best SF anthologies for this year in a down year, and this one only a 3.44 average as a result.

Three excellent stories from Watts, Arnason and Popkes and a greater than usual number of bad.

Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : A History of Terraforming - Robert Reed
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : Dead Man's Run - Robert Reed
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : The Spontaneous Knotting of an Agitated String - Lavie Tidhar
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : The Night Train - Lavie Tidhar
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : The Sultan of the Clouds - Geoffrey A. Landis
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : Mammoths of the Great Plains - Eleanor Arnason
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : The Things - Peter Watts
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : Jackie's Boy - Steven Popkes
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : Seven Cities of Gold - David Moles
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : Chicken Little - Cory Doctorow
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : Under the Moons of Venus - Damien Broderick
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : Re-Crossing the Styx - Ian R. MacLeod
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : Elegy for a Young Elk - Hannu Rajaniemi
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : Chimbwi - Jim Hawkins
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : Sleeping Dogs - Joe Haldeman
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : Seven Years from Home - Naomi Novik
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : And Ministers of Grace... - Tad Williams
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : Sleepover - Alastair Reynolds
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : Flower Mercy Needle Chain - Yoon Ha Lee
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : In-Fall - Ted Kosmatka
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : Amaryllis - Carrie Vaughn
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : Flying in the Face of God - Nina Allan
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : The Emperor of Mars - Allen M. Steele
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : The Peacock Cloak - Chris Beckett
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : The Starship Mechanic - Jay Lake and Ken Scholes
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : Again and Again and Again - Rachel Swirsky
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : Return to Titan - Stephen Baxter
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : Libertarian Russia - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : The Shipmaker - Aliette de Bodard
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : Blind Cat Dance - Alexander Jablokov
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : The Taste of Night - Pat Cadigan
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : The Books - Kage Baker
Year's Best Science Fiction 28 : My Father's Singularity - Brenda Cooper


Atum future embarkation.

3 out of 5


Upload murder, coach.

3.5 out of 5


Generic Sampling device.

3.5 out of 5


No-name no girl chop choice.

3.5 out of 5


Venus terraform fall.

3 out of 5


Extinct, frozen, stewarded, revived, frolicing in casino rivers.

4.5 out of 5


Communal network rejection assimilation Goes There, that's Who.

4.5 out of 5


Talking elephants and dragons.

4.5 out of 5


Madwoman bomb.

2.5 out of 5


Vat man numeracy virus fear.

4 out of 5


'Massri’s dinosaur fantasy was off by a factor of at least 7.4.' Sporky.

3 out of 5


Dead minder trap.

3 out of 5


Booze, bears and quantum relatives plague.

4 out of 5


Zambian flying pig fusion warrior climb return.

3 out of 5


Dysprosium cornering memory fix.

3.5 out of 5


Melisa Adjustments conflict.

3.5 out of 5


Lamentation Kane, Guardian religious nut human weapon.

3.5 out of 5


Unfrozen for basal simulation AI Realm war peoplesicle platform robot repair back up, hopefully not to be eaten by inter-reality sea monsters.

4 out of 5


Bullets yet again.

2.5 out of 5


Big black hole no death threat chop off.

3.5 out of 5


Getting a banner kid.

3.5 out of 5


Frozen space friend goodbye.

3.5 out of 5


Prefer planetary romance to reality.

3.5 out of 5


Fabbro follow.

3 out of 5


Alien booknerd byebye.

2.5 out of 5


Crinked.

2 out of 5


Virtual Poole projection.

4.5 out of 5


An enhanced fantasy.

3.5 out of 5


Mind birth.

3.5 out of 5


Animal Training.

3.5 out of 5


Extra brain?

3 out of 5


Library looting.

3 out of 5


Dogged dad changeless.

3 out of 5



4 out of 5

Orange Is For Anguish Blue For Insanity - David Morrell

Mad artist obsession.


3 out of 5

Friday, September 9, 2011

Passing Spirits - Sam Gafford

Lovecraft's ghost cancer story living.


3.5 out of 5

Copping Squid - Michael Shea

Knifed, so give him a ride to witness Cthulhu Rules hit.


3.5 out of 5

Map Ref. -4.296° N 239.193° E 5 - Zachary Jernigan

Mars change double ended.


3.5 out of 5

The Shadow On The City Of My Sky - Robert Hoge

Dead, with scarecrows.


3.5 out of 5

Heaven - Jo Langdon

Life stuff bits.


2.5 out of 5

A Troublesome Day For Jacky Midnight - Matthew Farrer

The old wife trade, with hug-juice, captain.


3.5 out of 5

Shomer - Glen Hirshberg

Guard action figure death.


2.5 out of 5

The Other Side - Jamie Lackey

No zombies probably, just obsession.


3 out of 5

First Principle - Nancy Kress

Brain blight and ugly Martians.


3 out of 5

Creature For Hire - Paul E. Martens

Declining popularity problem.


3.5 out of 5

Engravings - Joseph S. Pulver

Phoenix Other Planes.


3.5 out of 5

Rooftops - Carrie Vaughn

I need a masked hero.


3 out of 5

Till The Morning Comes - Stephen James Graham

Jamison say.


2.5 out of 5

Story Kit - Kij Johnson

Delete.
Undo.


2 out of 5

Daughters of the Deluge - Lyn Battersby

God, it's a bit wet around this Noah thing.

Lilith.


3.5 out of 5

Hell In A Handbasket - Lucien Soulban

New kid's load.


3 out of 5

The Spark A Romance In Four Acts - Sean Williams

Thrall finish.


3 out of 5

Fairy Gifts - Patricia Briggs

Vampire assumption.


2.5 out of 5

Fair Trade - Stephen Dedman

In space coffee.


3.5 out of 5

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Norton Book of Science Fiction - Ursula K. Le Guin and Brian Attebery

Academic focused anthology with some truly bizarre choices at times, so much so that it only comes out at 3.38. Aimed at the English student types hence it goes for the simple, often. It only covers 1960-1990.

Norton Book of SF : The Handler - Damon Knight
Norton Book of SF : Alpha Ralpha Boulevard - Cordwainer Smith
Norton Book of SF : Tandy's Story - Theodore Sturgeon
Norton Book of SF : 2064 or Thereabouts - David R. Bunch
Norton Book of SF : Balanced Ecology - James H. Schmitz
Norton Book of SF : The House the Blakeneys Built - Avram Davidson
Norton Book of SF : Over the River and Through the Woods - Clifford D. Simak
Norton Book of SF : How Beautiful with Banners - James Blish
Norton Book of SF : Nine Hundred Grandmothers - R. A. Lafferty
Norton Book of SF : When I Was Miss Dow - Sonya Dorman
Norton Book of SF : Comes Now the Power - Roger Zelazny
Norton Book of SF : Day Million - Frederik Pohl
Norton Book of SF : The Winter Flies [The Inner Circles] - Fritz Leiber
Norton Book of SF : High Weir - Samuel R. Delany
Norton Book of SF : Kyrie - Poul Anderson
Norton Book of SF : For the Sake of Grace - Suzette Haden Elgin
Norton Book of SF : As Simple as That - Zenna Henderson
Norton Book of SF : Good News from the Vatican - Robert Silverberg
Norton Book of SF : Gather Blue Roses - Pamela Sargent
Norton Book of SF : The Women Men Don't See - James Tiptree Jr.
Norton Book of SF : Feather Tigers - Gene Wolfe
Norton Book of SF : The Mountains of Sunset the Mountains of Dawn - Vonda N. McIntyre
Norton Book of SF : The Private War of Private Jacob - Joe Haldeman
Norton Book of SF : The Warlord of Saturn's Moons - Eleanor Arnason
Norton Book of SF : Making It All the Way Into the Future on Gaxton Falls of the Red Planet - Barry N. Malzberg
Norton Book of SF : The New Atlantis - Ursula K. Le Guin
Norton Book of SF : A Few Things I Know About Whileaway - Joanna Russ
Norton Book of SF : Strange Wine - Harlan Ellison
Norton Book of SF : Lollipop and the Tar Baby - John Varley
Norton Book of SF : Night-Rise - Katherine MacLean
Norton Book of SF : Frozen Journey - Philip K. Dick
Norton Book of SF : Precession - Edward Bryant
Norton Book of SF : Elbow Room - Marion Zimmer Bradley
Norton Book of SF : Tauf Aleph - Phyllis Gotlieb
Norton Book of SF : Exposures - Gregory Benford
Norton Book of SF : The Gernsback Continuum - William Gibson
Norton Book of SF : The Start of the End of the World - Carol Emshwiller
Norton Book of SF : Schrodinger's Plague - Greg Bear
Norton Book of SF : the World as We Know 't - Howard Waldrop
Norton Book of SF : The Byrds - Michael G. Coney
Norton Book of SF : Speech Sounds - Octavia E. Butler
Norton Book of SF : Distant Signals - Andrew Weiner
Norton Book of SF : The Lucky Strike - Kim Stanley Robinson
Norton Book of SF : The Life of Anybody - Robert Sheckley
Norton Book of SF : Interlocking Pieces - Molly Gloss
Norton Book of SF : The War at Home - Lewis Shiner
Norton Book of SF : The Lake Was Full of Artificial Things - Karen Joy Fowler
Norton Book of SF : Snow - John Crowley
Norton Book of SF : After the Days of Dead-Eye 'Dee - Pat Cadigan
Norton Book of SF : The Bob Dylan Tambourine Software and Satori Support Services Consortium Ltd. - Michael Bishop
Norton Book of SF : His Vegetable Wife - Pat Murphy
Norton Book of SF : The Brains of Rats - Michael Blumlein
Norton Book of SF : Out of All Them Bright Stars - Nancy Kress
Norton Book of SF : Rat - James Patrick Kelly
Norton Book of SF : America - Orson Scott Card
Norton Book of SF : Schwarzschild Radius - Connie Willis
Norton Book of SF : Stable Strategies for Middle Management - Eileen Gunn
Norton Book of SF : Kirinyaga [short story] - Mike Resnick
Norton Book of SF : A Midwinter's Tale - Michael Swanwick
Norton Book of SF : Learning About Machine Sex - Candas Jane Dorsey
Norton Book of SF : We See Things Differently - Bruce Sterling
Norton Book of SF : Half-Life - Paul Preuss
Norton Book of SF : Homelanding - Margaret Atwood
Norton Book of SF : And the Angels Sing - Kate Wilhelm
Norton Book of SF : Aunt Parnetta's Electric Blisters - Diane Glancy
Norton Book of SF : Midnight News - Lisa Goldstein

Dwarf act gotcha.

2.5 out of 5


Hard to believe in France.

3 out of 5


Burned brownie.

2.5 out of 5


Dream dead.

2.5 out of 5


Violent diamondwood negotiator humbugged.

3.5 out of 5


Techno rebuilding.

2.5 out of 5


Forbesing off time.

3.5 out of 5


Bubble suit Titan tearaway.

4 out of 5


Old Special Aspects.

3.5 out of 5


Protean patterns.

4 out of 5


Mind block.

3 out of 5


Stored love.

3.5 out of 5


Cryptic power recruit.

3.5 out of 5


Useless spudpeople on mars.

2.5 out of 5


Supernova human alien telepathic communication ending prolonged.

4 out of 5


Poet prestige or prison, girly.

4 out of 5


Torn Time.

3 out of 5


Robopope.

3.5 out of 5


Sympathetic pain inheritance.

3 out of 5


Crash alien intro.

4 out of 5


Hologram beasties not the scary part.

3.5 out of 5


I can do this dying thing by myself, really. Just need the dirt.

3.5 out of 5


Brain enhanced switch.

3 out of 5


Writing dull.

3 out of 5


No space.

2.5 out of 5


Earthquakes etc., totally not our fault.

3.5 out of 5


Bears. Also gnats.

3.5 out of 5


Bears. Also gnats.

3 out of 5


Mother love hunt black hole sneaky convo.

3.5 out of 5


Kali cult population pressure sacrifice solution.

3.5 out of 5


Slightly warm with the memories.

4 out of 5


Lobe hike.

3.5 out of 5


Checkout the loner.

3.5 out of 5


New machine tradition.

3 out of 5


Astronomical observations.

3 out of 5


Not a fan of retro sf design.

4 out of 5


Klimp cats.

3 out of 5


Coin toss experimental global philosophy pandemic probability.

3.5 out of 5


Phlogiston Great Experiment mistake, Bumppo.

3.5 out of 5


Naked flying granny.

2.5 out of 5


Literacy despair youth hope glimmer.

4.5 out of 5


Alien bad tv.

2 out of 5


Japan nuke near miss punishment.

4.5 out of 5


Reality tv much better with porn.

2.5 out of 5


Brain transplant choice.

3.5 out of 5


Vietnam not memories.

3.5 out of 5


Reunion memory.

3.5 out of 5


Memorial replay random deterioration.

4 out of 5


Blast you sneaky slimer.

4 out of 5


God software.

3 out of 5


Grown personally, colonywise.

3 out of 5


This one or the other one.

3.5 out of 5


Aliens make me mad.

4 out of 5


Spook tail left with the Dust.

4 out of 5


Got your gear off, Mormon boy? Good, let's make a god.

4 out of 5


War message disease.

3.5 out of 5


Getting a head through corporate bioengineering.

3.5 out of 5


Demon baby killer Maintenance.

4 out of 5


Alien beastie xmas chat.

3.5 out of 5


Chipboard, brainboard, shagboard.

4.5 out of 5


Downtrodden rock tour coke killer.

4 out of 5


Cure sick.

3 out of 5


Plants and dead people, then politics, please.

3 out of 5


Alien escapee local journalism.

4 out of 5


Alien escapee local journalism.

2 out of 5


Helena's choice.

3 out of 5



3.5 out of 5

The Fear - Richard Harland

Old Roe horror movie.


3.5 out of 5

The Beancounter's Cat - Damien Broderick

Shaper of.


3 out of 5

Mr Bear - Joe R. Lansdale

Score and kill.


3.5 out of 5

On Chryse Plain - Stephen Baxter

You could always marry an Earthworm girl.


3.5 out of 5

The Spontaneous Knotting Of An Agitated String - Lavie Tidhar

Generic Sampling device.


3.5 out of 5

Oblivion By Calvin Klein - Christopher Fowler

Shopped empty city.


3 out of 5

Visitors - Peter M. Ball

Giant invisible Kaiju?


3.5 out of 5

Injustice Collector - Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Human colonist kid killing Proceedings.


3.5 out of 5

The Blood Kiss - Dennis Etchison

Script Cross.


3.5 out of 5

Desert Dreams - Donald R. Burleson

Gwai-ti.


3.5 out of 5

Crown of Rowan - Kim Wilkins

A daughter.


3 out of 5

The Marrying Maid - Jo Beverly

High stakes seduction.


3 out of 5

The Mexican Bus - Walter Greatshell

Wanted too much crush.


3.5 out of 5

The Ungrateful Dead - Kelley Armstrong

Bothering the necromancer.


3.5 out of 5

Having A Woman At Lunch - Paul E. Hazel

With some condiments.


3 out of 5

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tontine Mary - Kaaron Warren

Surviving the Dead Pool gets the lot if you can do it.


3.5 out of 5

Was She Wicked? Was She Good? - M. Rickert

Sheilah play.


2.5 out of 5

Wahala - Nnedi Okorafor

Great Change find.


3.5 out of 5

Tidal Forces - Caitlin R.KLiernan

Sorry losing.


2.5 out of 5

Warriors - Gardner Dozois and George R. R. Martin

A collection of stories of soldiers of various types from historical fiction to science fiction.

Ok for an original anthology at 3.30.

Warriors : The King of Norway - Cecelia Holland
Warriors : Forever Bound - Joe Haldeman
Warriors : The Triumph - Robin Hobb
Warriors : Clean Slate - Lawrence Block
Warriors : And Ministers of Grace - Tad Williams
Warriors : Soldierin' - Joe R. Lansdale
Warriors : Dirae - Peter S. Beagle
Warriors : The Custom of the Army - Diana Gabaldon
Warriors : Seven Years from Home - Naomi Novik
Warriors : The Eagle and the Rabbit - Steven Saylor
Warriors : The Pit - James Rollins
Warriors : Out of the Dark - David Weber
Warriors : The Girls from Avenger - Carrie Vaughn
Warriors : Ancient Ways - S. M. Stirling
Warriors : Ninieslando - Howard Waldrop
Warriors : Recidivist - Gardner Dozois
Warriors : My Name Is Legion - David Morrell
Warriors : Defenders of the Frontier - Robert Silverberg
Warriors : The Scroll - David Ball
Warriors : The Mystery Knight - George R. R. Martin


Conn row.

3 out of 5


Ten way soldierboy jack-in love.

4 out of 5


Dragon eats Romans.

3.5 out of 5


Removing relationships.

3 out of 5


Lamentation Kane, Guardian religious nut human weapon.

3.5 out of 5


Buffalo style.

3 out of 5


Jane Doe hospital.

2.5 out of 5


Didn't shoot him dead at least.

3 out of 5


Melisa Adjustments conflict.

3.5 out of 5


Until they say no.

3.5 out of 5


Warrior dog saving.

4 out of 5


Yep, those humans will shoot us aliens. In space too.

3 out of 5


WASP flyer accident.

3.5 out of 5


Cossack future.

3 out of 5


Esperanto war middle.

3 out of 5


Flying around the AI Change.

4 out of 5


Vichy defeat.

3.5 out of 5


Seeker Empire enemies.

3 out of 5


Engineering death game.

3 out of 5


Dodgy jousts and the usual plots.

3.5 out of 5



3.5 out of 5

The Mystery Knight - George R. R. Martin

Dodgy jousts and the usual plots.


3.5 out of 5

The Scroll - David Ball

Engineering death game.


3 out of 5

Defenders Of The Frontier - Robert Silverberg

Seeker Empire enemies.


3 out of 5

Half-life - Paul Preuss

Curie sick.


3 out of 5

My Name Is Legion - David Morrell

Vichy defeat.


3.5 out of 5

Ninieslando - Howard Waldrop

Esperanto war middle.


3 out of 5

Ancient Ways - S. M. Stirling

Cossack future.


3 out of 5

The Girls From Avenger - Carrie Vaughn

WASP flyer accident.


3.5 out of 5

Out of the Dark - David Weber

Yep, those humans will shoot us aliens. In space too.


3 out of 5

The Pit - James Rollins

Warrior dog saving.


4 out of 5

The Dark Road - Isobelle Carmody

Seeking with a fondness for goats.


2.5 out of 5

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Eagle And The Rabbit - Steven Saylor

Until they say no.


3.5 out of 5

Seven Years From Home - Naomi Novik

Melisa Adjustments conflict.


3.5 out of 5

The Custom of the Army - Diana Gabaldon

Didn't shoot him dead at least.


3 out of 5

Dirae - Peter S. Beagle

Jane Doe hospital.


2.5 out of 5

The Start Of The End Of The World - Carol Emshwiller

Klimp cats.


3 out of 5

The World As We Know 'T - Howard Waldrop

Phlogiston Great Experiment mistake, Bumppo.


3.5 out of 5

Soldierin' - Joe R. Lansdale

Buffalo style.


3 out of 5

And Ministers of Grace - Tad Williams

Lamentation Kane, Guardian religious nut human weapon.


3.5 out of 5

Clean Slate - Lawrence Block

Removing relationships.


3 out of 5

The Triumph - Robin Hobb

Dragon eats Romans.


3.5 out of 5

Twixt Firelight And Water - Juliet Marillier

Raven issues.


3 out of 5

Monday, September 5, 2011

His Vegetable Wife - Pat Murphy

Grown personally, colonywise.


3 out of 5

The Bob Dylan Tambourine Software And Satori Support Services Consortium Ltd - Michael Bishop

God software.


3 out of 5

Asimov's 427 - Sheila Williams

An ok issue with one poor story, and one very good one. Jernigan's first here. Also of note: a Silverberg Majipoor story.

Asimov's 427 : Asimov's 427 - Sheila Williams
Asimov's 427 : THE END OF THE LINE - Robert Silverberg
Asimov's 427 : CORN TEETH - Melanie Tem
Asimov's 427 : WATCH BEES - Philip Brewer
Asimov's 427 : FOR I HAVE LAIN ME DOWN ON THE STONE OF LONELINESS AND I'LL NOT BE BACK AGAIN - Michael Swanwick
Asimov's 427 : WE WERE WONDER SCOUTS - Will Ludwigsen
Asimov's 427 : PAIRS - Zachary Jernigan
Asimov's 427 : PARADISE IS A WALLED GARDEN - Lisa Goldstein

Checking out some Metamorphs.

3.5 out of 5


Species adoption.

2.5 out of 5


With a few wasps.

3.5 out of 5


Outsider aliens takeover Ireland.

3.5 out of 5


Not getting to Thurisa.

3 out of 5


Carry human souls, Hawk and Knifer the boss.

4 out of 5


Homunculus caper.

3 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

Paradise Is A Walled Garden - Lisa Goldstein

Homunculus caper.


3 out of 5

Pairs - Zachary Jernigan

Carry human souls, Hawk and Knifer the boss.


4 out of 5

We Were Wonder Scouts - Will Ludwigsen

Not getting to Thuria.


3 out of 5

For I Have Lain Me Down On The Stone Of Loneliness And I'll Not Be Back Again - Michael Swanwick

Outsider aliens takeover Ireland.


3.5 out of 5

Watch Bees - Philip Brewer

With a few wasps.


3.5 out of 5

Corn Teeth - Melanie Tem

Species adoption.


2.5 out of 5

The End of the Line - Robert Silverberg

Checking out some Metamorphs.


3.5 out of 5

Analog 962 - Stanley Schmidt

A sub-par issue at 3.00 with DeLancy's story the best. An article on maybe Misery will shake itself a lot.

Analog 962 : Analog 962 - Stanley Schmidt
Analog 962 : THERAPEUTIC MATHEMATICS AND THE PHYSICS OF CURVE BALLS - Gray Rineheart
Analog 962 : HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT - Emily Mah
Analog 962 : THE CHAPLAIN'S ASSISTANT - Brad R. Torgersen
Analog 962 : ASTEROID MONTE - Craig DeLancy
Analog 962 : HELIX OF FRIENDS - Carl Frederick
Analog 962 : ENERGIZED: PART III OF IV - Edward M. Lerner

Equation pain relief.

3 out of 5


No goofing off on Mars.

3 out of 5


Not so flocked.

2 out of 5


Herbivores are dangerously relentless.

3.5 out of 5


Believing he exists in some P-world or Q-world or other.

3.5 out of 5


'Had throwing nukes at PS-1 been doable, they still would not want to. Nukes in space would violate the Outer Space Treaty—as if America was not already living a public-relations disaster. And nukes released electromagnetic pulses. Unlike the recent, imaginary CME, an EMP in space would fry satellites."

3 out of 5




2.5 out of 5

Energized 3 - Edward M. Lerner

"'Had throwing nukes at PS-1 been doable, they still would not want to. Nukes in space would violate the Outer Space Treaty—as if America was not already living a public-relations disaster. And nukes released electromagnetic pulses. Unlike the recent, imaginary CME, an EMP in space would fry satellites.""


3 out of 5

Helix of Friends - Carl Frederick

Believing he exists in some P-world or Q-world or other.


3.5 out of 5

Asteroid Monte - Craig DeLancy

Herbivores are dangerously relentless.


3.5 out of 5

The Chaplain's Assistant - Brad R. Torgesen

Not so flocked.


2 out of 5

Hostile Environment - Emily Mah

No goofing off on mars.


3 out of 5

Therapeutic Mathematics And The Physics Of Curve Balls - Gray Rineheart

Equation pain relief.


3 out of 5

Confessions of a D-List Supervillain - Jim Bernheimer

A supervillain inventor who has worked his way up from being lamer than Paste Pot Pet into a powered armour force to be reckoned with is the only one capable of saving the world after this universes version of that jerk Tony Stark scres up. The evil Overlord's brain-enslaving bugs get out when Ultraweapon attacks his fortress and take over everyone, including the Olympians - the world's premier superteam.

When they storm Mechani-Cal's fortress he runs and manages to hold them off and snatch one of their number. Deprogramming her with the good old prison and play the same song forever trick he enlists her psionic help to continue the process making friends into the bargain.

That's only the first part of the story though. Very entertaining villain turned hero sort of tale.


3.5 out of 5

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sympathy For the Devil - Justin Gustainis

Not as good as the first two in the series, as yet again we get bored by a US presidential election.

There's a conflict in Hell and one bunch want to do the Armageddon on Earth, the others do not. One demon possesses a Republican presidential candidate to get elected and hence Armageddonize. The other side sends a CIA assassin who was killed in the early 80s back to Earth to kill the candidate - along with a demon helper.

Quincy and Libby have to get the former fixed after a failed exorcism and deal with a demon.


3.5 out of 5