Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Recondite Rebus - Michael Cobley

Smothering circle problem.


3 out of 5

In the Company of Ghosts - Stephen Hunt

A group of cop types that get called on when there is something weird to be investigated realise their latest suicide that looks like a murder is that strange - so off they go. Then it is strange enough that they decide they need an elderly crazy psychic expert to help one. One that is in an asylum and has put quite a few of the people there in the hospital and the morgue. Shades of the Stross Laundry series, although some of the members of this team are of the Dirty Dozen variety - criminals given the standard two choices.


3.5 out of 5

Writing For A Dying - Michael Cobley

Accidental several, in blood.


3.5 out of 5

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

In the Cavern of the Night - William Barton

Excellent collection of science fiction Silvergirl universe stories at 3.67.

In the Cavern of the Night : Right to Life - William Barton
In the Cavern of the Night : The Gods of a Lesser Creation - William Barton
In the Cavern of the Night : Heart of Glass - William Barton
In the Cavern of the Night : The Devil in Drag - William Barton
In the Cavern of the Night : When a Man's an Empty Kettle - William Barton
In the Cavern of the Night : Soldiers Home - William Barton

Working for it.

4 out of 5

Gyndroid woof.

3.5 out of 5

Life not so good going to the offworld colonies, dog captain.

3.5 out of 5

Tendril pair forest return.

4 out of 5

Old machine Lothar, later Holly Golightly.

3.5 out of 5

Spinfellow Starfish balance shifter silvergirl world with Thomas the Main Battle Tank.

3.5 out of 5



4.5 out of 5

Soldiers Home - William Barton

Spinfellow Starfish balance shifter silvergirl world with Thomas the Main Battle Tank.


3.5 out of 5

When A Man's An Empty Kettle - William Barton

Old machine Lothar, later Holly Golightly.


3.5 out of 5

The Devil In Drag - William Barton

Tendril pair forest return.


4 out of 5

Heart of Glass - William Barton

Life not so good going to the offworld colonies, dog captain.


3.5 out of 5

Right To Life - William Barton

Working for it.


4 out of 5

The Rebelliousness of Trassi Udang - Patty Jansen

Shrimp on Jakarta station, artificials.


3.5 out of 5

Creatures - Billie Sue Mosiman

A short horror collection at 3.17.

Creatures : THE SCREAM - Billie Sue Mosiman
Creatures : THE LONELY WALK - Billie Sue Mosiman
Creatures : ANGELIQUE - Billie Sue Mosiman

We're not aliens, just werewolves.

3 out of 5

Not so mindless, but slowly falling apart.

3.5 out of 5

Bloody strong, this Earth Angel bit.

3 out of 5



3 out of 5

Angelique - Billie Sue Mosiman

Bloody strong, this Earth Angel bit.


3 out of 5

The Lonely Walk - Billie Sue Mosiman

Not so mindless, but slowly falling apart.


3.5 out of 5

My Morning Glory and other flashes of absurd science fiction - David Marusek

Very short collection of vignettes from Nature Magazine.

My Morning Glory : My Morning Glory - David Marusek
My Morning Glory : Hard Man to Surprise - David Marusek
My Morning Glory : Timed Release - David Marusek

One step coffee break.

3.5 out of 5

Bet punk.

3 out of 5

Tidy man fence.

3 out of 5



3 out of 5

Hard Man To Surprise - David Marusek

Bet punk.


3 out of 5

Timed Release - David Marusek

Tidy man fence.


3 out of 5

My Morning Glory - David Marusek

One step coffee break.


3.5 out of 5

The Boys Are Back In Town - Douglas Smith

Supernatural godtype ones.


3 out of 5

Waiting For A Bus and Other Stories - John Whitbourn

Short fantasy collection, all 3's.

Waiting For A Bus : Another Place - John Whitbourn
Waiting For A Bus : Till Death Do Us Part - John Whitbourn
Waiting For A Bus : Only One Careful Owner - John Whitbourn
Waiting For A Bus : Waiting for a Bus - John Whitbourn

Vanished hunted man.

3 out of 5

Water wife catch.

3 out of 5

Old ghost.

3 out of 5

The right one, creature.

3 out of 5



2 out of 5

Waiting For A Bus - John Whitbourn

The right one, creature.


3 out of 5

Only One Careful Owner - John Whitbourn

Old ghost.


3 out of 5

Till Death Do Us Part - John Whitbourn

Water wife catch.


3 out of 5

Another Place - John Whitbourn

Vanished hunted man.


3 out of 5

Stories From the Nebula Ballot 2011 - Gordon Van Gelder

Short anthology of tales from Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine that did what the title suggests.

Stories on the Nebula Ballot 2011 : The Ice Owl - Carolyn Ives Gilman
Stories on the Nebula Ballot 2011 : What We Found - Geoff Ryman
Stories on the Nebula Ballot 2011 : The Paper Menagerie - Ken Liu

Learning Thorn.

3.5 out of 5

Maybe fly slappy discovery.

3 out of 5

Lively folds a bit.

3 out of 5



3 out of 5

What We Found - Geoff Ryman

Maybe fly slappy discovery.


3 out of 5

The Ice Owl - Carolyn Ives Gilman

Learning Thorn.


3.5 out of 5

Dragon Time and Other Stories - Ruth Nestvold

A short fantasy collection, just 3.00

Dragon Time : Dragon Time - Ruth Nestvold
Dragon Time : Wooing Ai Kyarem - Ruth Nestvold
Dragon Time : To Act the Witch - Ruth Nestvold
Dragon Time : Princes and Priscilla - Ruth Nestvold

Humans are scary.

3 out of 5

Horseplay.

3.5 out of 5

Crowley alchemy.

3 out of 5

Royal pursuit.

2.5 out of 5



2.5 out of 5

To Act the Witch - Ruth Nestvold

Crowley alchemy.


3 out of 5

Dragon Time - Ruth Nestvold

Humans are scary.


3 out of 5

McMurdo Sound - Billie Sue Mosiman

Cold posted killer back.


3.5 out of 5

The Valley of Angustia - Steven Torres

Going back looking for work and finding crime and murder.


3.5 out of 5

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Manor - Scott Nicholson

{Now: Creative Spirit]

A ghost hunter dying of cancer pursues to a stylish artistic retreat. The long evil history there has ghosts and love triangles and monsters aplenty. Along with magic and sculpting and large egos from beyond the grave. With the odd spider.


3.5 out of 5

Friday, February 24, 2012

Hydrogen Steel - K. A. Bedford

A detective this time finds out she is actually an android. And when on a murder case with a partner finds out about a conspiracy enforced but a powerful AI. A conspiracy about aliens and why the Earth was destroyed.


3.5 out of 5

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Farm - Scott Nicholson

[Also: Solom]

Ok. Something in that moonshine in these hillbilly hamlets it seems. Because here we have a book where a goth girl and her mum get to move to one. Only problem is the ghost of the dead wife her mother is replacing. That and the scarecrow dressing goddess worshipping maniac and his undead murderous ancestor.

Oh yeah, and his flock of man-eating goats!

The word loopy gets used in this book and it is is certainly appropriate for this horror novel


3.5 otu of 5

Solom - Scott Nicholson

Ok. Something in that moonshine in these hillbilly hamlets it seems. Because here we have a book where a goth girl and her mum get to move to one. Only problem is the ghost of the dead wife her mother is replacing. That and the scarecrow dressing goddess worshipping maniac and his undead murderous ancestor.

Oh yeah, and his flock of man-eating goats!

The word loopy gets used in this book and it is is certainly appropriate for this horror novel


3.5 out of 5

Wildest Dreams - Norman Partridge

A man who can see dead people. A woman that fancies running the family cult business. Named Circe, no less. Enough so that she would hire the former to cut the head off dear old dad. Not all is as it seems with ghosts around.


3.5 out of 5

The Lower Deep - Hugh B. Cave

A medical clinic on the island of St Joseph with foreign staff. Strange happenings thanks to underwater dwellers and some useful voodoo.


3 out of 5

Wiley's Lament - Lono Waiwaiole

A man currently using his time to rob drug dealers of their ill-gotten gains puts that aside when he learns his estranged daughter is killed while working as a hooker. He sets out to find out why and track down the violent criminal involved. Add dirty feds.


3.5 out of 5

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Come Follow - Sheila Hodgson

Bad song.


2.5 out of 5

Deathtracks - Dennis Etchison

Reruns, old.


2.5 out of 5

I Hae Dream'd A Dreary Dream - John Alfred Taylor

Pass of the Dead, Daft.


3 out of 5

The Grab - Richard Laymon

Because it bit my finger.


3.5 out of 5

The Well At The Half Cat - John Tibbetts

Dead float.


3 out of 5

The Baby-Sitter - Davis Grubb

Family shoot.


3 out of 5

From the Lower Deep - Hugh B. Cave

Bloody sea denizens.


3.5 out of 5

To Wake the Dead - Ramsey Campbell

Not excited, Wendy.


2.5 out of 5

Haven - John R. Maxim

A nuclear weapons plot leads to the retirement location of an ex-Israeli assassin, the intervention of an old German partner and the arrival of Muslim terrorists who want to kill a large number of people on Hilton Head and bring back a girl.

It is a lot harder to bring off such a plot if you have highly trained spook killers who really, really don't like you.


3 out of 5

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Heroes R Us - Mainak Dhar

An unassuming young man gains powers - enhanced strength, speed and night vision. He decides to try and help people - but has not many clues. Getting help from an old soldier he sounds finds himself involved with police serial killers, businessmen who want to make money off him and corrupt government officials.

And a terrorist plot to set off a weapon at a Twenty-Twenty match. (Yep, it would take out Tendulkar, too!).


3 out of 5

The Arrival - Fred Saberhagen

Novelisation of the beginning of the Earth: Final Conflict series. The alien Taelons arrive at Earth, promising many benefits from a mutual relationship. A special group is set up to help protect them.

However, a billionaire does not believe them and sets up a resistance movement to be ready to fight back when their true, ulterior motives are revealed.


3.5 out of 5

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Yard - William F. Nolan

Evil Eye dog.


3 out of 5

Introduction to the Findings of Team 150b-t.2u - Raiden Mesc Gerarti

They gone.


2.5 out of 5

Charybdis - Sue Blalock

Sound matter manipulation save.


3 out of 5

Inky Blinky Pinky Nyarlathotep - Nick Mamatas

New Ones virtually no Old One problems.


3 out of 5

In the Hall of the Yellow King - Pete Rawling

Space peace deal, Nyarlathotep.


3.5 out of 5

The Golden Horde - Harold Lamb

Nial, what's with the Barka Khan bloke?


3 out of 5

Rock Visions - F. V. Edwards

Spirit Sensor stay.


2.5 out of 5

The Last King of Rona - Stefan Pearson

This Irish people are quite tasty, great beast of the ocean.


3.5 out of 5

Vengeance On the 18th - David Cranmer

Golf club wife.


3.5 out of 5

The Janitor - Ron Earl Phillips

Need mopup.


3 out of 5

A New House - John L. French

Dodgy crim joint ghosted.


3 out of 5

Preserver - Tim Waggoner

Art save blood.


3 out of 5

Dear Fay Wray We Need Your Help - Mark Onspaugh

Zombie Kong ate a lot of people in Iowa.


3.5 out of 5

Bad Thoughts And The Mechanism - Richard Harland

Nightmare machine.


3.5 out of 5

Face To Face - John Harwood

Bad manuscript.


3 out of 5

Connections - Simon McCaffery

Kid danger fry.


3.5 out of 5

Darkness Comprehended - Gord Rollo and Harry Shannon

Zombie wife and kid kept.


3.5 out of 5

Quarantine - Norman Spinrad

Diarrhea sequence and more.


3.5 out of 5

Bones: The Complete Apocalypse Saga - Mark Wheaton

Linked horror collection about the life and career of a German Shepherd police dog - specialist in finding bodies, as disasters befall cities and then the human race.

Bones : Bones - Mark Wheaton
Bones : Shepherd - Mark Wheaton
Bones : Alpha - Mark Wheaton
Bones : Mongrel - Mark Wheaton

A talented German Shepherd police dog survives an attack by what seems to be monsters and keeps working with those that survive - eventually ending up with the military after the things mutate into something worse. and there's a big monster in a mine.

4 out of 5

Bones is living happily in the forest when his old handler sergeant recruits him via location tag to help out in Los Angeles. Devastated by a quake, then another and mutating rats and birds thanks to an unwisely used new material he ends up with some mercenaries trying to survive. Until everyone pulls out or dies and then he is alone again.

3.5 out of 5

A mercenary raid releases an agent that wipes out most of the human population. Now outnumbered by what are now wild dogs the humans in Las Vegas have to learn to become allies with the canines again, or be wiped out. Luckily Bones, now old and a little infirm but still a fighter is around to helpout.

4 out of 5

An earlier case for Bones and Lionel involving an undercover agent and some Mexican police.

3.5 out of 5



5 out of 5

Mongrel - Mark Wheaton

An earlier case for Bones and Lionel involving an undercover agent and some Mexican police.


3.5 out of 5

Alpha - Mark Wheaton

A mercenary raid releases an agent that wipes out most of the human population. Now outnumbered by what are now wild dogs the humans in Las Vegas have to learn to become allies with the canines again, or be wiped out. Luckily Bones, now old and a little infirm but still a fighter is around to help out.


4 out of 5

Shepherd - Mark Wheaton

Bones is living happily in the forest when his old handler sergeant recruits him via location tag to help out in Los Angeles. Devastated by a quake, then another and mutating rats and birds thanks to an unwisely used new material he ends up with some mercenaries trying to survive. Until everyone pulls out or dies and then he is alone again.


3.5 out of 5

Bones - Mark Wheaton

A talented German Shepherd police dog survives an attack by what seems to be monsters and keeps working with those that survive - eventually ending up with the military after the things mutate into something worse. and there's a big monster in a mine.


4 out of 5

The Book of Swords - Hank Reinhardt

A breezy and entertaining in-depth look at the history, manufacture use and variety of the sword.

Wish I'd had this book as a kid rather than some of the dry weapons tomes that were around.

Most excellent.


4.5 out of 5

Choke Hold - Christa Faust

Angel Dare is in trouble again. This time an old enemy presumed dead and a little problem with being out of Witness Security and on the run. With the son of an ex and a punchy old fighter.


3.5 out of 5

A Princess of the Linear Jungle - Paul Di Filippo

Out there with Merritt, professor.


3 out of 5

Crypt Tales - Billie Sue Mosiman

An omnibus of 3 short horror collections, mostly average.

Life Near the Bone
Horror Tales
Horror Tales 2

Short horror collection at 3.17.

Life Near the Bone : LIFE NEAR THE BONE - Billie Sue Mosiman
Life Near the Bone : In ANTIDOTE - Billie Sue Mosiman
Life Near the Bone : In ROSA TWO-COINS - Billie Sue Mosiman

Treasonous poster man.

3 out of 5

Biometal Queen fix.

3.5 out of 5

Bad luck bludgeon.

3 out of 5



3 out of 5

A short horror collection. Just 3.00.

Horror Tales 1 : The Court of the Invisible - Billie Sue Mosiman
Horror Tales 1 : The Shape of its Absence - Billie Sue Mosiman
Horror Tales 1 : Down by the Riverside - Billie Sue Mosiman

Wheel of Fortune dead.

3 out of 5

Died of fear.

3 out of 5

Baby Boy and the Bear.

3 out of 5



3 out of 5

Short, solid collection.

Horror Tales 2 : THE DEEP FREEZE - Billie Sue Mosiman
Horror Tales 2 : BIG RED HEART - Billie Sue Mosiman
Horror Tales 2 : PROSPER BANE - Billie Sue Mosiman

Dark dream.

3 out of 5

Taking one.

3.5 out of 5

Prison doc.

3.5 out of 5



3.5 out of 5




3 out of 5

Life Near the Bone - Billie Sue Mosiman

Short horror collection at 3.17.

Life Near the Bone : LIFE NEAR THE BONE - Billie Sue Mosiman
Life Near the Bone : In ANTIDOTE - Billie Sue Mosiman
Life Near the Bone : In ROSA TWO-COINS - Billie Sue Mosiman

Treasonous poster man.

3 out of 5

Biometal Queen fix.

3.5 out of 5

Bad luck bludgeon.

3 out of 5



3 out of 5

In Rosa Two-coins - Billie Sue Mosiman

Bad luck bludgeon.


3 out of 5

In Antidote - Billie Sue Mosiman

Biometal Queen fix.


3.5 out of 5

Life Near the Bone - Billie Sue Mosiman

Treasonous poster man.


3 out of 5

Charles Sheffield Bundle Volume 3 - Charles Sheffield

An omnibus of three novels and two collections, the first two forming a sequence. The majority of these are very good.

Aftermath
Starfire
The Mind Pool
Hidden Variables
Georgia on My Mind and Other Places

An unexpected supernova in the nearby stellar vicinity does very bad things to lots of the Earth.

The USA is one of the less worse off areas, if you want to put it that way, so they are looking to spearhead the recovery effort, especially when they learn more bad news is on the way.

The book, however, opens with the strange sentencing of a serial killer to ‘judicial sleep’ a sort of combination execution and cheap life sentence – e.g. not actually killing them immediately directly, but presumably lowering the housing the prisoner costs.

A priest comes to him with a deal.

Then in the Aftermath scenario there are Mars mission survivors, some crazies, survivalists and everybody else trying to survive.

Just about a 3.5, and apparently with a sequel that I’d guess might be more interesting.

3.5 out of 5

A double mystery.

A couple of decades or so after Aftermath, Cecilia Tanaka is US President, and the space shield project is behind schedule. Other people also want its chief engineer.

A series of murders are also taking place in Sky City. No one can solve them, so Argos sends troubleshooters on both accounts – the engineer and to solve the murders.

The latter requires using Oliver Guest as a Mycroft Holmes type consultant to attempt to solve it. The only problem is this serial killer with his clone family is agoraphobic and acrophobic and won’t go into space.

Given the clues in the book it is likely you will solve the murder mystery when Oliver does – however, they don’t reveal it until the end, as is usual, and when they can prove it.

More interesting is the mystery of why a particle storm is heading Earth’s way, and why there was an Alpha Centauri supernova – and can they really quickly adapt their defenses to changing conditions.

A good book, and certainly better than the first.

4 out of 5

An artificial intelligence escapes its creators, and has its own plans for what it wants to do, and it seems it is happy to be violent to get them done.

A group of alien races work together, including humans, but have different political factions, with different ideas on how to deal with this. They decide to put a cross-race team together to handle it, but political infighting continues while these teams train for their mission.

One of the members of this team is a retarded young man who undergoes treatment to bring him to normal intelligence and usefulness.

3.5 out of 5


A collection of mostly good science fiction stories.

Hidden Variables : The Man Who Stole The Moon - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : The Deimos Plague - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : Forefather Figure - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : Moment Of Inertia - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : The New Physics: The Speed Of Lightness Curved Space And Other Heresies - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : From Natural Causes - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : Legacy - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : The Softest Hammer - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : Hidden Variable - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : A Certain Place In History - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : All The Colors Of The Vacuum - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : Perfectly Safe Nothing To Worry About - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : Summertide - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : The Marriage Of True Minds - Charles Sheffield

Agreement, with Lungfish crime.

3.5 out of 5

Beggar-priest pig ride not lousy, luckily.

3.5 out of 5

Consciousness transfer.

3.5 out of 5

Lack of crushing bloody experience.

3.5 out of 5

Definitely round.

3 out of 5

Garden murder push.

3 out of 5

A few monsters for Bey Wolf.

3.5 out of 5

Slippery water.

3.5 out of 5

Escape deal.

3.5 out of 5

Space warp find.

3.5 out of 5

Zero point equation twelve brain Ark meeting.

3.5 out of 5

Pintonite pass.

3 out of 5

Runaway girls split permanently.

3.5 out of 5

Empress, butler, pig.

3 out of 5



4 out of 5

At 3.57 a very good science fiction collection with several strong stories. The obvious standout is the finaly entry and title story. Charles Sheffield is generally a joy to read. I have wanted to read this one for some time, so was amazed when Phoenix Pick made it available. Thanks! Check them out and sign up to their newsletter.

Georgia On My Mind : The Feynman Saltation – Charles Sheffield
Georgia On My Mind : The Bee’s Kiss – Charles Sheffield
Georgia On My Mind : Millennium – Charles Sheffield
Georgia On My Mind : Fifteen-Love On The Dead Man’S Chest – Charles Sheffield
Georgia On My Mind : Deep Safari – Charles Sheffield
Georgia On My Mind : Beyond The Golden Road – Charles Sheffield
Georgia On My Mind : Health Care System – Charles Sheffield
Georgia On My Mind : Humanity Test – Charles Sheffield
Georgia On My Mind : That Strain Again… – Charles Sheffield
Georgia On My Mind : Destroyer Of Worlds – Charles Sheffield
Georgia On My Mind : The Fifteenth Station Of The Cross – Charles Sheffield
Georgia On My Mind : Trapalanda – Charles Sheffield
Georgia On My Mind : Obsolete Skill – Charles Sheffield
Georgia On My Mind : Georgia On My Mind – Charles Sheffield

Cancer brain paleo art.

3.5 out of 5

Voyeur Sigil penetration testing.

4 out of 5

Which Judgement Day?

3 out of 5

Immortality serum really more of a big dumper.

3.5 out of 5

Hunting a nanodoc Impossible Voyage.

3.5 out of 5

A witch woman and a new Khan son, with knowledge.

3.5 out of 5

Miriam’s old money survival.

3.5 out of 5

Schimmie chip save man execution testimony.

4 out of 5

Vega Earth infiection.

3 out of 5

Ecosphere stamping out.

3.5 out of 5

Old Earth ruler Chronoclast blood treatment.

3.5 out of 5

Secret installation hunting can get really old.

4 out of 5

Fan revival biography.

3 out of 5

Analytical Engine kiwi discovery.

4.5 out of 5



4 out of 5

Hidden Variables - Charles Sheffield

A collection of mostly good science fiction stories.

Hidden Variables : The Man Who Stole The Moon - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : The Deimos Plague - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : Forefather Figure - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : Moment Of Inertia - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : The New Physics: The Speed Of Lightness Curved Space And Other Heresies - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : From Natural Causes - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : Legacy - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : The Softest Hammer - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : Hidden Variable - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : A Certain Place In History - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : All The Colors Of The Vacuum - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : Perfectly Safe Nothing To Worry About - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : Summertide - Charles Sheffield
Hidden Variables : The Marriage Of True Minds - Charles Sheffield

Agreement, with Lungfish crime.

3.5 out of 5

Beggar-priest pig ride not lousy, luckily.

3.5 out of 5

Consciousness transfer.

3.5 out of 5

Lack of crushing bloody experience.

3.5 out of 5

Definitely round.

3 out of 5

Garden murder push.

3 out of 5

A few monsters for Bey Wolf.

3.5 out of 5

Slippery water.

3.5 out of 5

Escape deal.

3.5 out of 5

Space warp find.

3.5 out of 5

Zero point equation twelve brain Ark meeting.

3.5 out of 5

Pintonite pass.

3 out of 5

Runaway girls split permanently.

3.5 out of 5

Empress, butler, pig.

3 out of 5



4 out of 5

The Marriage of True Minds - Charles Sheffield

Empress, butler, pig.


3 out of 5

Perfectly Safe Nothing To Worry About - Charles Sheffield

Pintonite pass.


3 out of 5

A Certain Place In History - Charles Sheffield

Space warp find.


3.5 out of 5

Hidden Variable - Charles Sheffield

Escape deal.


3.5 out of 5

The Softest Water - Charles Sheffield

Slippery water.


3.5 out of 5

Legacy - Charles Sheffield

A few monsters for Bey Wolf.


3.5 out of 5

From Natural Causes - Charles Sheffield

Garden murder push.


3 out of 5

The New Physics: The Speed Of Lightness Curved Space And Other Heresies - Charles Sheffield

Definitely round.


3 out of 5

The Man Who Stole the Moon - Charles Sheffield

Agreement, with Lungfish crime.


3.5 out of 5

M Is For the Many - J. J. Russ

Baby need.


3 out of 5

Mysterious Doings In The Metropolitan Museum - Fritz Leiber

Beetle convention.


3 out of 5

The Night Is Cold The Stars Are Far Away - Mildred Downey Broxon

Doesn't revolve around us.


3 out of 5

How It Felt - George Alec Effinger

Last emotion.


3 out of 5

If This Is Winnetka You Must Be Judy - F. M. Busby

Different lives time.


3.5 out of 5

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Red Cock Crows - Harold Lamb

Sir Bruce has the dead bosses daughter he fancies to get the hell out of there.


3.5 out of 5

The Outdiggers - Jean-Michel Calvez

Distrust Moonbeam.


2.5 out of 5

Pilgrims - Ted Stetson

Tired and out of here.


2.5 out of 5

A Glint Through Smoke And Flame - Michael Merriam

Computer melt.


3 out of 5

The Moment of Glory - Brendan Connell

Aztec pox.


3 out of 5

Icebound - Kate Kelly

Death came from the skies.


3 out of 5

That Time Of The Month - Laura J. Underwood

The furry one.


3 out of 5

The Blooming of Lester - Brad Green

Silent sliced open.


3 out of 5

Black-eyed Susan - Thomas Pluck

Shoveled kin.


3.5 out of 5

The Unbearable Proximity Of Mr. Dunn's Balloons - John Langan

Veil afterlife.


3.5 out of 5

Smithers And The Ghosts Of The Thar - Robert Silverberg

Sort of noisy.


3 out of 5

Escape From Ape City - Amanda C. Davis

Leaving the giant zombie gorillas behind.


3.5 out of 5

Nice Girl Does Noir Vol 2 - Libby Fischer Hellman

A collection of mostly crime stories. Just 3.10.

Nice Girl Does Noir Vol 2 : Your Sweet Man - Libby Fischer Hellman
Nice Girl Does Noir Vol 2 : The Jade Elephant - Libby Fischer Hellman
Nice Girl Does Noir Vol 2 : Dumber Than Dirt - Libby Fischer Hellman
Nice Girl Does Noir Vol 2 : The Whole World Is Watching - Libby Fischer Hellman
Nice Girl Does Noir Vol 2 : House Rules - Libby Fischer Hellman
Nice Girl Does Noir Vol 2 : Detour - Libby Fischer Hellman
Nice Girl Does Noir Vol 2 : The Rainforest Messiah - Libby Fischer Hellman
Nice Girl Does Noir Vol 2 : High Yellow - Libby Fischer Hellman
Nice Girl Does Noir Vol 2 : A Berlin Story - Libby Fischer Hellman
Nice Girl Does Noir Vol 2 : Josef's Angel - Libby Fischer Hellman

Rap for you.

3 out of 5

Kidney remorse.

3.5 out of 5

More luck than brains.

3 out of 5

Protest police brutality.

3 out of 5

Stash fun.

3 out of 5

Driving me.

3 out of 5

Maverick Oil.

3 out of 5

Screwing and killing 'em.

3 out of 5

Brownshirt show murder.

3.5 out of 5

Gold medallion.

3 out of 5



2.5 out of 5

Josef's Angel - Libby Fischer Hellman

Gold medallion.


3 out of 5

A Berlin Story - Libby Fischer Hellman

Brownshirt show murder.


3.5 out of 5

High Yellow - Libby Fischer Hellman

Screwing and killing 'em.


3 out of 5

Shadows 4 - Charles L. Grant

The fourth in this horror series is a paltry 2.88.

Shadows 4 : The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands - Stephen King
Shadows 4 : Yours Guy - Robert F. Young
Shadows 4 : The Belonging Kind - John Shirley And William Gibson
Shadows 4 : Calling Collect - Barry N. Malzberg And Arthur L. Samuels
Shadows 4 : Hearing Is Believing - Ramsey Campbell
Shadows 4 : Threshold - Deirdre L. Kugelmeyer
Shadows 4 : A Visit To Brighton - Alan Ryan
Shadows 4 : Echoes From A Darkened Shore - Cherie Wilkerson
Shadows 4 : The Blue Chair - Tabitha King
Shadows 4 : Meow - Tanith Lee
Shadows 4 : The Giveaway - Steve Rasnic Tem
Shadows 4 : Need - Lisa Tuttle
Shadows 4 : Waiting For The Knight - Beverly Evans
Shadows 4 : Under My Bed - Al Sarrantonio
Shadows 4 : The Hour Of Silhouette - Juleen Brantingham
Shadows 4 : Snow Cobwebs And Dust - John Keefauver
Shadows 4 : The Spider Glass - Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Death touch self.

3.5 out of 5

Indy not back.

3 out of 5

Blending search.

3.5 out of 5

Call charge.

2.5 out of 5

Greek daydream scare.

2.5 out of 5

Statue bite.

3 out of 5

Wretched child doll.

2 out of 5

Incurable kid compensations.

2.5 out of 5

Cousin too.

3 out of 5

Winged rat girl chomp no shag.

3.5 out of 5

Kid cook.

2 out of 5

Dead wait.

2.5 out of 5

Dragon roar.

3 out of 5

Trapdoor boy.

3 out of 5

Trapdoor boy.

3 out of 5

At the old place.

3 out of 5

Le Comte de Saint-Germain, a kindness with no reflection.

3.5 out of 5



2 out of 5

The Spider Glass - Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Le Comte de Saint-Germain, a kindness with no reflection.


3.5 out of 5

Snow Cobweb and Dust - John Keefauver

At the old place.


3 out of 5

The Hour of Silhouette - Juleen Brantingham

Shadow slither.


3 out of 5

Under My Bed - Al Sarrantonio

Trapdoor boy.


3 out of 5

Lover's Triangle - Colleen Anderson

Dead care.


3 out of 5

Window Across the Street - Jay Caselberg

Watching weakness.


3.5 out of 5

Banalica - Michael Laimo

Has a population problem.


3.5 out of 5

The New Racism - James Newman

Kill fangheads.


3 out of 5

When Barrettes Brought Justice To A Burning Heart - John Everson

Dead revenge quick.


3 out of 5

Black Rain - J. R. Rain

Mostly horror collection of largely average stories. 3.07.

Black Rain : Vampire Nights - J. R. Rain
Black Rain : Book Burning - J. R. Rain
Black Rain : The Silo - J. R. Rain
Black Rain : Teeth: Fang’s Story - J. R. Rain
Black Rain : My Father’s Eyes - J. R. Rain
Black Rain : The Fridge - J. R. Rain
Black Rain : Die Spy - J. R. Rain
Black Rain : Step on a Crack - J. R. Rain
Black Rain : Two Ghosts - J. R. Rain
Black Rain : The Bleeder - J. R. Rain
Black Rain : Deal With the Devil - J. R. Rain
Black Rain : The Back of Beyond - J. R. Rain
Black Rain : Vampire Blues - J. R. Rain
Black Rain : Nightmare - J. R. Rain
Black Rain : Soul Train - J. R. Rain

Monster chance.

3 out of 5

Necronomicon buy.

3 out of 5

Fire woman hard.

3 out of 5

Describe your bloodsucking for the court then.

3.5 out of 5

Death stopped for a drink.

3 out of 5

Not helpful.

3 out of 5

Brains blowout.

3 out of 5

Western superstition ignorance.

3 out of 5

See through girl dance.

3 out of 5

Bloody masterpiece.

3.5 out of 5

Comic script.

3 out of 5

Yuruk bash.

3 out of 5

Actually an angel this bloke.

3 out of 5

Bus dead big problem.

3 out of 5

Dad boy.

3 out of 5




2.5 out of 5

Soul Train - J. R. Rain

Dad boy.


3 out of 5

Nightmare - J. R. Rain

Bus dead big problem.


3 out of 5

Vampire Blues - J. R. Rain

Actually an angel this bloke.


3 out of 5

The Back of Beyond - J. R. Rain

Yuruk bash.


3.5 out of 5

Midnight Grinding and Other Twilight Terrors - Ronald Kelly

Hillbilly horror collection mostly. Only a poor 2.94.

Midnight Grinding : Breakfast Serial - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Miss Abigail's Delicate Condition - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Forever Angels - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Yea Though I Drive - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : The Web of La Sanguinaire - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : The Cistern - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Papa's Exile - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : The Hatchling - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Black Harvest - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Dead Skin - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Consumption - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Dust Devils - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : The Boxcar - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : The Dark Tribe - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Old Hacker - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : The Winds Within - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Oh Sordid Shame! - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : The Cerebral Passion - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Thinning the Herd - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Blood Suede Shoes - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Tyrophex-Fourteen - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Scream Queen - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Devil's Creek - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Impressions in Oak - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Bookmarks - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Romicide - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Whorehouse Hollow - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Depravity Road - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Beneath Black Bayou - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Exit 85 - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Grandma's Favorite Recipe - Ronald Kelly
Midnight Grinding : Midnight Grinding - Ronald Kelly

Killered similarly.

3.5 out of 5

Snake baby.

3 out of 5

Dead babies.

3 out of 5

Hitch no Butcher, Officer.

3.5 out of 5

Swamp spiders. Big 'uns.

3.5 out of 5

Chigger bad.

3 out of 5

Maybe not.

2.5 out of 5

Cock fighting revenge.

3.5 out of 5

Wraith sacrifice time.

3.5 out of 5

Just a little.

3 out of 5

Eating Pap.

3 out of 5

Spinning love call.

3.5 out of 5

Hobo vampire.

2.5 out of 5

Skeleton skinned Dad.

3 out of 5

Coughing bad things.

3 out of 5

No eye case.

3.5 out of 5

Family slaughter.

3 out of 5

Bad headache.

2.5 out of 5

Universal monster world.

3 out of 5

Rockabilly damned.

2 out of 5

Poison country.

3 out of 5

Fawn dream.

3 out of 5

Alternate ritual.

3 out of 5

Dead woman tree.

2.5 out of 5

Bad religion.

2.5 out of 5

Wrong alike.

2.5 out of 5

Ambition drain.

3 out of 5

Cold face.

2.5 out of 5

Gator freedom.

3 out of 5

Head thunk.

2.5 out of 5

Nasty elixir.

2.5 out of 5

Green Lee kill next.

3 out of 5



2 out of 5

Midnight Grinding - Ronald Kelly

Green Lee kill next.


3 out of 5

Grandma's Favorite Recipe - Ronald Kelly

Nasty elixir.


2.5 out of 5

Exit 85 - Ronald Kelly

Head thunk.


2.5 out of 5

Beneath Black Bayou - Ronald Kelly

Gator freedom.


3 out of 5

Depravity Road - Ronald Kelly

Cold face.


2.5 out of 5

Muddy Waters - Brian Knight

Undead pond.


3.5 out of 5

In the Land of the Blind - Robert Swartwood

No heart hunt.


3.5 out of 5

Forever Never Ends - Scott Nicholson

Otherwise known as The Harvest.

An alien entity decides that the place to try its conversion of people is in amongst the moonshiners of the Southern Appalachians. Shambling, nasty conversions.


3 out of 5

Dark Spells - Scott Nicholson and J. R. Rain

An omnibus of four horror novels, 3 of them average.

Dark Spells : CURSED - Scott Nicholson and J. R. Rain
Dark Spells : GHOST COLLEGE - Scott Nicholson and J. R. Rain
Dark Spells : THE VAMPIRE CLUB - Scott Nicholson and J. R. Rain
Dark Spells : BAD BLOOD - Scott Nicholson and J. R. Rain

A man with an estranged wife winds up in a situation involving a curse - and a lot of mice that come with it. For something a bit different. Just your average guy he gets some help from a cop to work out what is going on.

3 out of 5

First of the Ghost Files series apparently.

A couple as ghosthunters. With the woman providing the paranormal power and the bloke the support. Fairly lighthearted for dealing with the dead as the pair banter back and forth in this investigation of a young girl's spirit from old history of the school. So if looking for something breezy, a good choice.

3.5 out of 5

Crazy young people group who want vampires or to be vampires, crazy vampire hunters and an actual vampire - means more vampires, less people.

3 out of 5

A young woman asks a young man for help.

Except no. As the latter is actually a several hundred year old vampire and the former a demon associated with a nasty cult.

3 out of 5



3 out of 5

Scott Nicholson Library Vol 4 - Scott Nicholson

Am omnibus of four horror novels, mostly good.

Scott Nicholson Library 4 : Creative Spirit - Scott Nicholson
Scott Nicholson Library 4 : Disintegration - Scott Nicholson
Scott Nicholson Library 4 : Crime Beat - Scott Nicholson
Scott Nicholson Library 4 : Bad Blood - Scott Nicholson

A ghost hunter dying of cancer pursues to a stylish artistic retreat. The long evil history there has ghosts and love triangles and monsters aplenty. Along with magic and sculpting and large egos from beyond the grave. With the odd spider.

3.5 out of 5

A couple loses offspring in a fire. A wife's investigation brings to light what is really going on with twin brothers - one her husband - their wealthy family, violent past, lovers and the twisted relationship between them.

3.5 out of 5

A reporter ends up in a small town. It is not as dull as he thinks as murders begin to happen.

Circulation boosting murders and soon this story is of much greater interest.

3.5 out of 5

A young woman asks a young man for help.

Except no. As the latter is actually a several hundred year old vampire and the former a demon associated with a nasty cult.

3 out of 5



4 out of 5

Bad Blood - Scott Nicholson and J. R. Rain and H. T. Night

A young woman asks a young man for help.

Except no. As the latter is actually a several hundred year old vampire and the former a demon associated with a nasty cult.


3 out of 5

Scott Nicholson Library Vol 3 - Scott Nicholson

An omnibus of four horror and fantasy novels, mostly good.

Scott Nicholson Library Vol 3 : CURSED - Scott Nicholson
Scott Nicholson Library Vol 3 : OCTOBER GIRLS - Scott Nicholson
Scott Nicholson Library Vol 3 : THE DEAD LOVE LONGER - Scott Nicholson
Scott Nicholson Library Vol 3 : SPEED DATING WITH THE DEAD - Scott Nicholson

A man with an estranged wife winds up in a situation involving a curse - and a lot of mice that come with it. For something a bit different. Just your average guy he gets some help from a cop to work out what is going on.

3 out of 5

Light hearted fantasy about the daughter of a witch in a small town. And her best friend. Who happens to be dead and now a ghost who still hangs around.

A young filmmaker that likes to dabble in the occult - such as the unborn brother of James Dean. Cross these two over and you have amusing hijinks.

3.5 out of 5

The old get to go back and solve your own murder story.

3.5 out of 5

A convocation of ghost hunters gets more than they bargained for at an hotel. Rather than a chance to find something mildly spooky (or fake it) and make some money, they get a lot more than they bargained for.

Actual demons.

3.5 out of 5



4 out of 5

Cursed - Scott Nicholson and J. R. Rain

A man with an estranged wife winds up in a situation involving a curse - and a lot of mice that come with it. For something a bit different. Just your average guy he gets some help from a cop to work out what is going on.


3 out of 5

Moby Jack and Other Tall Tales - Garry Kilworth

A decent enough multi-genre collection at 3.26.

Moby Jack : The Sculptor - Garry Kilworth
Moby Jack : Black Drongo - Garry Kilworth
Moby Jack : Bonsai Tiger - Garry Kilworth
Moby Jack : Attack of The Charlie Chaplins - Garry Kilworth
Moby Jack : Cherub - Garry Kilworth
Moby Jack : The Council of Beasts - Garry Kilworth
Moby Jack : The Frog Chauffeur - Garry Kilworth
Moby Jack : Hamelin Nebraska - Garry Kilworth
Moby Jack : Hunter's Hall - Garry Kilworth
Moby Jack : Something’s Wrong With The Sofa - Garry Kilworth
Moby Jack : Death Of The Mocking Man - Garry Kilworth
Moby Jack : Wayang Kulit - Garry Kilworth
Moby Jack : Inside The Walled City - Garry Kilworth
Moby Jack : My Lady Lygia - Garry Kilworth
Moby Jack : Oracle Bones - Garry Kilworth
Moby Jack : Paper Moon - Garry Kilworth
Moby Jack : Store Wars - Garry Kilworth
Moby Jack : The Megowl - Garry Kilworth
Moby Jack : The Silver Collar - Garry Kilworth
Moby Jack : Moby Jack - Garry Kilworth
Moby Jack : Exploding Sparrows - Garry Kilworth

Tower trip trap.

3.5 out of 5

Bird girlfriend personality.

3.5 out of 5

Left, now small pet.

3.5 out of 5

Alien one, funny.

3 out of 5

Better than a demon.

3.5 out of 5

Crazy painting.

3 out of 5

Jumping and poetry.

3 out of 5

Mountain dwarf killing.

3.5 out of 5

Afterlife dogfood.

3.5 out of 5

Up the duff.

3 out of 5

Sorcerer save.

3 out of 5

Bali shadow chomper.

3.5 out of 5

Nailed demolition hanger.

4 out of 5

Hawthorne dead.

3 out of 5

Shaman smoked.

3 out of 5

Spican forms.

3.5 out of 5

Are You Being Served? Shotguns, fourth floor. Deathtraps, swords and poison, second floor.

4 out of 5

Woman face bird nightmare.

3 out of 5

Holy water union, no?

3.5 out of 5

Pirate whaler J.A.W.S.

3.5 out of 5

No escape from.

3 out of 5



3.5 out of 5

Moby Jack - Garry Kilworth

Pirate whaler J.A.W.S.


3.5 out of 5

The Megowl - Garry Kilworth

Woman face bird nightmare.


3 out of 5

Paper Moon - Garry Kilworth

Spican forms.


3.5 out of 5

Oracle Bones - Garry Kilworth

Shaman smoked.


3 out of 5

Scott Nicholson Library Vol 2 - Scott Nicholson

An omnibus of four average horror novels.

Scott Nicholson Library Vol 2 : THE HARVEST - Scott Nicholson
Scott Nicholson Library Vol 2 : THE VAMPIRE CLUB - Scott Nicholson
Scott Nicholson Library Vol 2 : BURIAL TO FOLLOW - Scott Nicholson
Scott Nicholson Library Vol 2 : DRUMMER BOY - Scott Nicholson

An alien entity decides that the place to try its conversion of people is in amongst the moonshiners of the Southern Appalachians. Shambling, nasty conversions.

3 out of 5

Crazy young people group who want vampires or to be vampires, crazy vampire hunters and an actual vampire - means more vampires, less people.

3 out of 5

On the proper colour of gelatin and the right pie for dealing with death.

And for dealing with dead people that want to deal with you.

3 out of 5

The second novel featuring Sheriff Frank Littlefield. This time no Bell Monsters or cult demons. No, this time there is a revenant US civil war army returned. Right in, of course, the middle of a civil war re-enactment scenario.

Not too many people will believe this, but a couple of young boys, a reporter and Frank himself does indeed know that the supernatural stuff exists.

3 out of 5



2 out of 5

The Vampire Club - Scott Nicholson and J. R. Rain

Crazy young people group who want vampires or to be vampires, crazy vampire hunters and an actual vampire - means more vampires, less people.


3 out of 5

My Lady Lygia - Garry Kilworth

Hawthorne dead.


3.5 out of 5

Horror Tales 2 - Billie Sue Mosiman

Short, solid collection.

Horror Tales 2 : THE DEEP FREEZE - Billie Sue Mosiman
Horror Tales 2 : BIG RED HEART - Billie Sue Mosiman
Horror Tales 2 : PROSPER BANE - Billie Sue Mosiman

Dark dream.

3 out of 5

Taking one.

3.5 out of 5

Prison doc.

3.5 out of 5



3.5 out of 5

Prosper Bane - Billie Sue Mosiman

Prison doc.


3.5 out of 5

Big Red Heart - Billie Sue Mosiman

Taking one.


3.5 out of 5

The Deep Freeze - Billie Sue Mosiman

Dark dream.


3 out of 5

Death of the Mocking Man - Garry Kilworth

Sorcerer save.


3 out of 5

Exploding Sparrows - Garry Kilworth

No escape from.


3 out of 5

Something's Wrong With the Sofa - Garry Kilworth

Up the duff.


3 out of 5

Hunter's Hall - Garry Kilworth

Afterlife dogfood.


3.5 out of 5

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Hamelin Nebraska - Garry Kilworth

Mountain dwarf killing.


3.5 out of 5

The Frog Chauffeur - Garry Kilworth

Jumping and poetry.


3 out of 5

The Council of Beasts - Garry Kilworth

Crazy painting.


3 out of 5

Murder In Key West - Michael Haskins

Pirate swords and all.


3 out of 5

Horror Tales - Billie Sue Mosiman

A short horror collection. Just 3.00.

Horror Tales 1 : The Court of the Invisible - Billie Sue Mosiman
Horror Tales 1 : The Shape of its Absence - Billie Sue Mosiman
Horror Tales 1 : Down by the Riverside - Billie Sue Mosiman

Wheel of Fortune dead.

3 out of 5

Died of fear.

3 out of 5

Baby Boy and the Bear.

3 out of 5



3 out of 5

Down By the Riverside - Billie Sue Mosiman

Baby Boy and the Bear.


3 out of 5

The Shape of Its Absence - Billie Sue Mosiman

Died of fear.


3 out of 5

The Court of the Invisible - Billie Sue Mosiman

Wheel of Fortune dead.


3 out of 5

Charles Sheffield Bundle Volume 2 - Charles Sheffield

An omnibus of three novels in a series, a standalone and finally a collection. All in the ususal Baen multiformat DRM-free great priced goodness. Again, had been wanting to read Vectors and the middle Cold as Ice novel for some time. So great stuff.

Cold as Ice
The Ganymede Club
Dark as Day
Brother to Dragons
Vectors


A rather good novel, with plenty of twists.

At the beginning, three scientists lose their jobs – two astronomers, one undersea researcher, and one concert pianist gets a good new gig.

This all has to do with Europa, the energy king of the solar system, and some leftovers from the interplanetary war from 3 decades ago.

How the future interplanetary society is shown is really interesting. A fine book.

4 out of 5

An encounter with a strange alien form of life leaves a group of early Saturn explorers very changed.

Later, post Solar System War their existence they feel is threatened by some whose memories are being recovered by a specialist – that they thought they had killed.

Problem for them in this second of the Cold as Ice series is that this specialist’s young brother is a genius involved in the Puzzle Network and becomes allies with the large Bat as they work on solving this murder mystery.

3.5 out of 5

Part of a sequence started with Cold as Ice, but basically a standalone. The major character is introduced in Cold as Ice, but Bat has a bigger role to play here. A couple of other cameos from people in the first book.

Haven’t read the second, so don’t know if there are any returnees from that.

However, you can pretty much read this on its own.

There’s a SETI signal to try and work out, and a doomsday weapon to stop for Bat and the various other gurus of the Puzzle Network. Despite that, lacks the tension of the first in this setting.

3.5 out of 5

A baby almost dies at birth until a slight sign of life leads some medics to decide to try and save it, sickly and weak life thought it may have.

The boy grows up and gets along in an overpopulated and ruined world, eventually becoming involved with movers and shakers – and theri desire to find a brilliant biologist who wants to do things like enable humans to eat cellulose, or other modifications.

And of course if you make the poor less dependent those on power aren’t too keen on the idea.

3.5 out of 5

An excellent SF collection at 3.61 in multiformat DRM fee goodness.

Vectors : What Song The Sirens Sang - Charles Sheffield
Vectors : Fixed Price War - Charles Sheffield
Vectors : Marconi Mattin Maxwell - Charles Sheffield
Vectors : Power Failure - Charles Sheffield
Vectors : Killing Vector - Charles Sheffield
Vectors : Dinsdale Dissents - Charles Sheffield
Vectors : We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident - Charles Sheffield
Vectors : Skystalk - Charles Sheffield
Vectors : How To Build A Beanstalk - Charles Sheffield
Vectors : Transition Team - Charles Sheffield
Vectors : Bounded In A Nutshell - Charles Sheffield
Vectors : The Long Chance - Charles Sheffield
Vectors : The Treasure Of Odirex - Charles Sheffield
Vectors : The Dalmatian Of Faust - Charles Sheffield

Communication genius assassination.

3.5 out of 5

Military contracting advancement.

3.5 out of 5

Link Transfer work.

3.5 out of 5

Redman science Church.

3.5 out of 5

Got myself a naked singularity.

3.5 out of 5

Venus terraforming, Waldo.

3.5 out of 5

Galley slave money.

3 out of 5

Beanstalk defusing.

3.5 out of 5

With details.

4 out of 5

Space kids go their own way.

4.5 out of 5

A bit of brain frying transfer.

3.5 out of 5

Frozen future relationship failure.

4 out of 5

Lost race doctoring.

4 out of 5



4.5 out of 5

http://www.baenebooks.com/p-1585-charles-sheffield-bundle-volume-ii.aspx

Charles Sheffield Bundle Volume 1 - Charles Sheffield

An omnibus of five novels. All in the ususal Baen multiformat DRM-free great priced goodness. I have been hoping they'd do these for some time, having never seen the last couple of novels before. Took me at least a few seconds to buy them once I saw they existed. The first three form a series as you can probably determine.

Sight of Proteus by Charles Sheffield
Proteus Unbound by Charles Sheffield
Proteus in the Underworld by Charles Sheffield
Trader's World by Charles Sheffield
Godspeed by Charles Sheffield


An overpopulated Earth has form change technology, basically only limited by imagination.

This is still somewhat dangerous, and as such is regulated – and this out protagonist’s job, to stop the nogoodniks exploiting it.

One particular scientist is his target. However his pursuit of this man using extraplanetary techniques leads him to discover an even bigger and more destabilising secret.

3 out of 5

“You can run, you can run, just as fast as you can, You’ll never get away from the Negentropic Man.”

Unless you are Behrooz Wolf perhaps a”You can run, you can run, just as fast as you can, You’ll never get away from the Negentropic Man.”

Unless you are Behrooz Wolf perhaps anyway. There is tension between the Inner and Outer Solar System as some systems get out of control.

When form change is involved, that just makes it rather worse.nyway. There is tension between the Inner and Outer Solar System as some systems get out of control.

When form change is involved, that just makes it rather worse.

Supervillain bad guy types aren’t helping, either.

3 out of 5

Bey Wolf is what you could call a shapeshifter detective. Not so much that he turns into a werewolf, but in a world where people can change their shapes he is involved in policing the dangerous and outlawed varieties of this technology.

Now, though, he has packed that in and is working on some of the science aspects himself when a relative approaches him for help in this area, and he must do some mystery solving again.

3 out of 5

Trader’s World is your classic 3.75 novel. Also a post-breakdown novel. Here after a nuclear war various geographic areas have rebuilt – or have moved into space in one case, supplying nuclear power to Earth.

The story follows a young boy who is found and brought up by the Traders. A smaller group that specialises in dealmaking and in being gobetweens. Complete with an artificial intelligence advisor. He is found to have potential and as an advanced trainee his group is sent on a mission and others solo to various areas of the world. ‘Strine’ as Sheffield takes the piss a bit, Antarctica etc. as he slowly works out what both his human and nonhuman masters have been setting him up for.

3.5 out of 5

A doctor and young man living on a planet cutoff from most of the rest of humanity thanks to an event called the Isolation finds a clue that may help. an indication of a possible location for a ship with a Godspeed drive – extremely fast superluminal travel.

Problem is to get there they have to hire some dodgy spacers with a breaking down rustbucket of an ancient ship to get there – and survive the aftermath.

3.5 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

http://www.baenebooks.com/p-1565-charles-sheffield-bundle-volume-i.aspx

Trader's World - Charles Sheffield

Trader's World is your classic 3.75 novel. Also a post-breakdown novel. Here after a nuclear war various geographic areas have rebuilt - or have moved into space in one case, supplying nuclear power to Earth.

The story follows a young boy who is found and brought up by the Traders. A smaller group that specialises in dealmaking and in being gobetweens. Complete with an artificial intelligence advisor. He is found to have potential and as an advanced trainee his group is sent on a mission and others solo to various areas of the world. 'Strine' as Sheffield takes the piss a bit, Antarctica etc. as he slowly works out what both his human and nonhuman masters have been setting him up for.


3.5 out of 5

Inside Out - Barry Eisler

The CIA has lost some stuff. Evidence of their torture of people etc. An ex-agent named threatens to release this on the internet unless he gets a nice round 100 million in diamonds.

Treven is one of the guys tasked by a spook colonel superior to find him. No big fan of his bosses either, he ends up working with an FBI agent.


3.5 out of 5

Peacemaker - Charles L. Grant

Old man fake guy boy shooting.


3 out of 5

The Chaney Legacy - Robert Bloch

Old monster actor house.


3.5 out of 5

Friday, February 17, 2012

Borrowed Time - Gustavo Bondoni

Alien insect threat hide.


3 out of 5

The Empty Utopia - Christopher McKitterick

Getting rid of the humans.


3.5 out of 5

Stonework - Wendy Waring

Arch approximation y(x)=K*ch(C3*x)


3.5 out of 5

The Destiny Dice - David Bischoff

Goofball fantasy about fantasy characters controlling game roles with dice and the unfortunates that get caught up in this.


3 out of 5

Budayeen Nights - George Alec Effinger

A collection of Budayeen and related stories, including several about Marid Audran. Ranging from good to very good.

Budayeen Nights : Schrödinger's Kitten - George Alec Effinger
Budayeen Nights : Marid Changes His Mind - George Alec Effinger
Budayeen Nights : Slow Slow Burn - George Alec Effinger
Budayeen Nights : Marid And The Trail Of Blood - George Alec Effinger
Budayeen Nights : King Of The Cyber Rifles - George Alec Effinger
Budayeen Nights : Marid Throws A Party - George Alec Effinger
Budayeen Nights : The World As We Know It - George Alec Effinger
Budayeen Nights : The City On The Sand - George Alec Effinger
Budayeen Nights : The Plastic Pasha - George Alec Effinger

Budayeen physicist choices.

4 out of 5

Cop, bar owner, something else?

4 out of 5

Honey Pilar is in charge and the star.

3.5 out of 5

Vampire moddy for Sheba.

3.5 out of 5

Unless he gets sabotaged and has to use the old-fashioned version.

3.5 out of 5

Before an implant upgrade and pilgrimage.

4 out of 5

Old Marid gets along, consensual realities and all.

3.5 out of 5

Not overly poetic urban retreat.

3.5 out of 5

A fragment about Marid's brother and Islam rule.

3.5 out of 5



4.5 out of 5

The Plastic Paisha - George Alec Effinger

A fragment about Marid's brother and Islam rule.


3.5 out of 5

The World As We Know It - George Alec Effinger

Old Marid gets along, consensual realities and all.


3.5 out of 5

Marid Throws A Party - George Alec Effinger

Before an implant upgrade and pilgrimage.


4 out of 5

King of the Cyber Rifles - George Alec Effinger

Unless he gets sabotaged and has to use the old-fashioned version.


3.5 out of 5

Marid And The Trail Of Blood - George Alec Effinger

Vampire moddy for Sheba.


3.5 out of 5

Slow Slow Burn - George Alec Effinger

Honey Pilar is in charge and the star.


3.5 out of 5

Marid Changes His Mind - George Alec Effinger

Cop, bar owner, something else?


4 out of 5

Rising Tide - Ann Walters

Pot canyon.


2.5 out of 5

Neighborhood Bark-b-q - Daniel M. Hoyt

3 out of 5

Imaginary Fiend - Lucienne Diver

Shaggy Mudge luscious.


3 out of 5

Ric With No K - Patricia Abbott

The candles flit.


2.5 out of 5

The Death Fantastique - John Hornor Jacobs

Popeye mort.


3.5 out of 5

The Rainforest Messiah - Libby Fischer Hellman

Maverick Oil.


3 out of 5

Detour - Libby Fischer Hellman

Driving me.


3 out of 5

Waiting For the Knight - Beverly Evans

Dragon roar.


3 out of 5

Need - Lisa Tuttle

Dead wait.


2.5 out of 5

The Giveaway - Steve Rasnic Tem

Kid cook.


2 out of 5

Shadows 7 - Charles L. Grant

Fairly similar to Shadows 3, here a 3.04.

Shadows 7 : Mrs. Clendon's Place - Joseph Payne Brennan
Shadows 7 : Stillwater 1896 - Michael Cassutt
Shadows 7 : The Haunting - Susan Casper
Shadows 7 : Daddy - Earl Godwin
Shadows 7 : Seeing The World - Ramsey Campbell
Shadows 7 : Three Days - Tanith Lee
Shadows 7 : Still Frame - Jack C. Haldeman
Shadows 7 : Talking In The Dark - Dennis Etchison
Shadows 7 : A Matter Of Taste - Parke Godwin
Shadows 7 : Do Not Forsake Me O My Darlin' - Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Shadows 7 : Decoys - Jere Cunningham
Shadows 7 : Rapture - Melissa Mia Hall
Shadows 7 : The Storm - David Morrell
Shadows 7 : I Shall Not Leave England Now - Alan Ryan

Hard to sleep mummy.

3 out of 5

Skiff corpse.

3 out of 5

Woman fade.

3 out of 5

Incest fast life cycle.

4 out of 5

Sunken entertainment.

3 out of 5

Hanging extension coverup.

3.5 out of 5

Problem print.

2.5 out of 5

Bad author dwarf.

2.5 out of 5

Cold Duck.

2 out of 5

Notes and ambulance.

3 out of 5

Big bird hunt.

3.5 out of 5

Dead want.

3 out of 5

Rainmaker snow.

3 out of 5

Friend chop.

2.5 out of 5



2 out of 5

I Shall Not Leave England Now - Alan Ryan

Friend chop.


2.5 out of 5

The Storm - David Morrell

Rainmaker snow.


3 out of 5

Rapture - Melissa Mia Hall

Dead want.


3 out of 5

Decoys - Jere Cunningham

Big bird hunt.


3.5 out of 5

Morning Sickness - William Meikle

Dusted kid.


3.5 out of 5

A Candle Lit In Sunlight - David Niall Wilson

Jesus notes.


3 out of 5

13 Drops of Blood - James Roy Daley

Horror collection. Only 3.00.

13 Drops of Blood : The Exhibition - James Roy Daley
13 Drops of Blood : The Confession - James Roy Daley
13 Drops of Blood : Baby - James Roy Daley
13 Drops of Blood : A Ghost in my Room - James Roy Daley
13 Drops of Blood : Jonathan vs. the Perfect Ten - James Roy Daley
13 Drops of Blood : The Hanging Tree - James Roy Daley
13 Drops of Blood : Thoughts of the Dead - James Roy Daley
13 Drops of Blood : Summer of 1816 - James Roy Daley
13 Drops of Blood : Fallen - James Roy Daley
13 Drops of Blood : The Relation Ship - James Roy Daley
13 Drops of Blood : Suffer Shirley Gunn - James Roy Daley
13 Drops of Blood : Humpy and Shrivels - James Roy Daley
13 Drops of Blood : Curse of the Blind Eel - James Roy Daley

Horror show, one night only.

3 out of 5

Killed wrong guy, no possesion.

3 out of 5

Monster back: kill his kid.

3.5 out of 5

Luisa here.

3 out of 5

Pit money.

3 out of 5

Wrong spectacle is back.

3.5 out of 5

Zombie communication end.

3 out of 5

Mary story, Frank.

2.5 out of 5

Zombie smash.

3 out of 5

Love zero, Lilith.

2.5 out of 5

Dogbot.

3 out of 5

Giant monsters no care.

2.5 out of 5

Hungry bum brownie, vamp.

3.5 out of 5



2 out of 5

Curse of the Blind Eel - James Roy Daley

Hungry bum brownie, vamp.


3.5 out of 5

Humpy and Shrivels - James Roy Daley

Giant monsters no care.


2.5 out of 5

Suffer Shirley Gunn - James Roy Daley

Dogbot.


3 out of 5

The Relation Ship - James Roy Daley

Love zero, Lilith.


2.5 out of 5

Fallen - James Roy Daley

Zombie smash.


3 out of 5

The Elephant In the Room - Adrian Ludens

Circus resurrection. Zombie ape.


3 out of 5

The Bleeder - J. R. Rain

Bloody masterpiece.


3.5 out of 5

Two Ghosts - J. R. Rain

See through girl dance.


3 out of 5

Step On A Crack - J. R. Rain

Western superstition ignorance.


3 out of 5

Whorehouse Hollow - Ronald Kelly

Ambition drain.


3 out of 5

Romicide - Ronald Kelly

Wrong alike.


2.5 out of 5

Bookmarks - Ronald Kelly

Bad religion.


2.5 out of 5

Impressions In Oak - Ronald Kelly

Dead woman tree.


2.5 out of 5

Devil's Creek - Ronald Kelly

Alternate ritual.


3 out of 5

Immunity - Jeff Strand

Not to hunger.


3 out of 5

The Man Who Breaks The Bad News - Kealan Patrick Burke

Sorry you're dead sir.


3 out of 5

The Calling - David B. Silva

Cancer whistle, mum.


3 out of 5

If Tears Were Wishes and Other Short Stories - Ruth Nestvold

A short fantasy collection.

If Tears Were Wishes : Feather and Ring - Ruth Nestvold
If Tears Were Wishes : Woman in Abaya with Onion - Ruth Nestvold
If Tears Were Wishes : If Tears Were Wishes - Ruth Nestvold

Wonder twin kidnapping, deactivate.

3.5 out of 5

Dog garbage.

2.5 out of 5

Goddess matchmaking game.

3.5 out of 5



3 out of 5

Cherub - Garry Kilworth

Better than a demon.


3.5 out of 5

Attack Of The Charlie Chaplins - Garry Kilworth

Alien one, funny.


3 out of 5

Bonsai Tiger - Garry Kilworth

Left, now small pet.


3.5 out of 5

Black Drongo - Garry Kilworth

Bird girlfriend personality.


3.5 out of 5

October Girls - Scott Nicholson

Light hearted fantasy about the daughter of a witch in a small town. And her best friend. Who happens to be dead and now a ghost who still hangs around.

A young filmmaker that likes to dabble in the occult - such as the unborn brother of James Dean. Cross these two over and you have amusing hijinks.


3.5 out of 5

Walking Dead - Greg Rucka

Atticus and Alena are living in Kobuleti and now have neighbours. Who are killed in revenge for the husband giving up information on his former human trafficking partners. All except for their teenage daughter, who is taken to be a sex slave.

Atticus sets out to rescue her.


3.5 out of 5

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Orbital Burn - K. A. Bedford

A private investigator in a bad way - having a necronanovirus infection - also is on an Orbital that will soon be destroyed by a large piece of space rock. A last case, find a missing artificial kid as asked by his friend - an enhanced Dog. Some powerful people also want this missing boy.


3.5 out of 5

Disembodied Spider Meat - Mark Wheaton

Horror collection. Only a 3.05.

Disembodied Spider Meat : Mrs. Beeke - Mark Wheaton
Disembodied Spider Meat : Spider - Mark Wheaton
Disembodied Spider Meat : Meat - Mark Wheaton
Disembodied Spider Meat : Last Tuesday - Mark Wheaton
Disembodied Spider Meat : The Posthumous Mind; Or Please Don’T Touch Me - Mark Wheaton
Disembodied Spider Meat : Night Of The Scorpions - Mark Wheaton
Disembodied Spider Meat : Stuttering Hunter - Mark Wheaton
Disembodied Spider Meat : Gare Du Nord - Mark Wheaton
Disembodied Spider Meat : The Enemies List - Mark Wheaton
Disembodied Spider Meat : Disembodied - Mark Wheaton

Ratfeeder.

3 out of 5

Actress attack.

3 out of 5

Skinny rat.

2.5 out of 5

Killing sleep.

2.5 out of 5

Haphephobic journey.

3 out of 5

Get the Criits.

3.5 out of 5

Used to be live show.

3 out of 5

Gangster shooting in the head.

3.5 out of 5

Sports report showdown.

3.5 out of 5

Game ghost kill.

3 out of 5



2.5 out of 5

The Harvest - Scott Nicholson

An alien entity decides that the place to try its conversion of people is in amongst the moonshiners of the Southern Appalachians. Shambling, nasty conversions.


3 out of 5

Disembodied - Mark Wheaton

Game ghost kill.


3.5 out of 5

The Enemies List - Mark Wheaton

Sports report showdown.


3.5 out of 5

Gare Du Nord - Mark Wheaton

Gangster shooting in the head.


3.5 out of 5

Stuttering Hunter - Mark Wheaton

Used to be live show.


3 out of 5

Night of the Scorpions - Mark Wheaton

Get the Criits.


3.5 out of 5

Going Somewhere Else and Other Stories - Amber D. Sistla

A science fiction and fantasy collection, but just a 3.00.

Going Somewhere Else : Going Somewhere Else - Amber D. Sistla
Going Somewhere Else : A Place to Call Home - Amber D. Sistla
Going Somewhere Else : Homo Sylvanus - Amber D. Sistla
Going Somewhere Else : Not the Chosen One - Amber D. Sistla
Going Somewhere Else : Just Play the Game - Amber D. Sistla
Going Somewhere Else : The Opposite of Defeating - Amber D. Sistla
Going Somewhere Else : The Day Nobody Died - Amber D. Sistla

Explorer signup.

3 out of 5

Percentage partnership.

2.5 out of 5

Statis DNA treatment.

3.5 out of 5

Ekkli gone.

2.5 out of 5

Player control agreement.

3.5 out of 5

Monster fight.

3 out of 5

Death Angel bit.

3 out of 5



2.5 out of 5

The Day Nobody Died - Amber D. Sistla

Death Angel bit.


3 out of 5

The Opposite of Defeating - Amber D. Sistla

Monster fight.


3 out of 5

Just Play the Game - Amber D. Sistla

Player control agreement.


3.5 out of 5

Not the Chosen One - Amber D. Sistla

Ekkli gone.


2.5 out of 5

Homo Sylvanus - Amber D. Sistla

Statis DNA treatment.


3.5 out of 5

Three On A Light - Victor Gischler

An urban fantasy detective collection - only 3.00 though.

Three On A Light : Smoke - Victor Gischler
Three On A Light : The Glass Dagger - Victor Gischler
Three On A Light : The Slidebolt Mystery - Victor Gischler
Three On A Light : Pack - Victor Gischler
Three On A Light : Portable Night - Victor Gischler
Three On A Light : Eleven Silver Johnnys - Victor Gischler
Three On A Light : Three on a Light: Joe's Story - Victor Gischler
Three On A Light : Dolls - Victor Gischler

Acting pipe monster.

3.5 out of 5

Bimbo and dwarf need souls.

3 out of 5

Rubbery not wife.

2.5 out of 5

Werewolf recruit.

3.5 out of 5

Ring vamp grab.

3 out of 5

Lighter curse.

3 out of 5

Curse Macbeth.

3 out of 5

Servant refusal.

2.5 out of 5



2.5 out of 5

Dolls - Victor Gischler

Servant refusal.


2.5 out of 5

Three On A Light: Joe's Story - Victor Gischler

Curse Macbeth.


3 out of 5

Eleven Silver Johnnys - Victor Gischler

Lighter curse.


3 out of 5

Portable Night - Victor Gischler

Ring vamp grab.


3 out of 5

Pack - Victor Gischler

Werewolf recruit.


3.5 out of 5

The Whole World Is Watching - Libby Fischer Hellman

Protest police brutality.


3 out of 5

Dumber Than Dirt - Libby Fischer Hellman

More luck than brains.


3 out of 5

The Jade Elephant - Libby Fischer Hellman

Kidney remorse.


3.5 out of 5

Your Sweet Man - Libby Fischer Hellman

Rap for you.


3 out of 5

The Blue Chair - Tabitha King

Cousin too.


3 out of 5

Echoes From A Darkened Shore - Cherie Wilkerson

Incurable kid compensations.


2.5 out of 5

A Visit To Brighton - Alan Ryan

Wretched child doll.


2 out of 5

Threshold - Deirdre L. Kugelmeyer

Statue bite.


3 out of 5

Do Not Forsake Me O My Darlin' - Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Notes and ambulance.


3 out of 5

A Matter of Taste - Parke Godwin

Cold Duck.


2 out of 5

Talking In the Dark - Dennis Etchison

Bad author dwarf.


2.5 out of 5

Still Frame - Jack C. Haldeman

Problem print.


2.5 out of 5

The Verbpire - Frederick Obermeyer

Date rule.


3 out of 5

A Sunset So Glorious - Rycke Foreman

Djinn wish.


2.5 out of 5

Summer of 1816 - James Roy Daley

Mary story, Frank.


2.5 out of 5

Thoughts of the Dead - James Roy Daley

Zombie communication end.


3 out of 5

The Hanging Tree - James Roy Daley

Wrong spectacle is back.


3.5 out of 5

Lyceum - Steve Ruthenbeck

ZK student battle.


3 out of 5

Shadows 3 - Charles L. Grant

A bad horror anthology at 2.96 excepting Yarbro.

Shadows 3 : The Brown Recluse - Davis Grubb
Shadows 3 : To See You With My Dear - Bruce Francis
Shadows 3 : Avenging Angel - Ray Russell
Shadows 3 : The Ghost Who Limped - R. Chetwynd-Hayes
Shadows 3 : Janey's Smile - Juleen Brantingham
Shadows 3 : Opening A Vein - Bill Pronzini/Barry N. Malzberg
Shadows 3 : The Partnership - William F. Nolan
Shadows 3 : Wish Hound - Pat Murphy
Shadows 3 : Ant - Peter D. Pautz
Shadows 3 : Tell Mommy What Happened - Alan Ryan
Shadows 3 : At The Bureau - Steve Rasnic Tem
Shadows 3 : Cabin 33 - Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Want him dead.

3 out of 5

Bad eyes.

3 out of 5

Pizza stain painting.

3 out of 5

Pizza stain painting.

3 out of 5

Reverend quiver.

2.5 out of 5

Last man vampire creation.

3 out of 5

Park kid.

2.5 out of 5

Master mum.

3 out of 5

Green eye football red eye scare.

3.5 out of 5

Strange Robbie.

3 out of 5

Permit tiring.

2.5 out of 5



2 out of 5

At the Bureau - Steve Rasnic Tem

Permit tiring.


2.5 out of 5

Tell Mommy What Happened - Alan Ryan

Strange Robbie.


3 out of 5

Ant - Peter D. Pautz

Green eye football red eye scare.


3.5 out of 5

Wish Hound - Pat Murphy

Master mum.


3 out of 5

The Partnership - William F. Nolan

Park kid.


2.5 out of 5

Die Spy - J. R. Rain

Brains blowout.


3 out of 5

The Fridge - J. R. Rain

Not helpful.


3 out of 5

Scream Queen - Ronald Kelly

Fawn dream.


3 out of 5

Tyrophex-14 - Ronald Kelly

Poison country.


3 out of 5

Blood Suede Shoes - Ronald Kelly

Rockabilly damned.


2 out of 5

Thinning the World - Ronald Kelly

Universal monster world.


3 out of 5

The Cerebral Passion - Ronald Kelly

Bad headache.


2.5 out of 5

Wings - Jessica Brown

Or zombie squirrels.


3.5 out of 5

The Jade Woman Of The Luminous Star - Sean Williams

Crazy for old texts.


3 out of 5

The Proving Of Smollett Standforth - Margo Lanagan

Dream Lady.


3 out of 5

Why I Was Hanged - Gene Wolfe

For being boring.


2.5 out of 5

The Curious Case Of The Moondawn Daffodils Murder - Garth Nix

Sympathetic magic and tentacles.


3.5 out of 5

The Shaddowwes Box - Terry Dowling

Mummy casket.


3 out of 5

The Smell of Magic and Other Stories - Mike Lewis

A multi-genre collection of mostly worse than average stories.

Smell of Magic : The Smell of Magic - Mike Lewis
Smell of Magic : Cooper's Creek - Mike Lewis
Smell of Magic : First Through The Post - Mike Lewis
Smell of Magic : A Clean Slate - Mike Lewis
Smell of Magic : Alyssa and the Robin - Mike Lewis
Smell of Magic : Ashes - Mike Lewis
Smell of Magic : Jack and Marilyn - Mike Lewis
Smell of Magic : The Case of the Overdressed Man - Mike Lewis
Smell of Magic : Keeping Time - Mike Lewis
Smell of Magic : Waiting for an Angel - Mike Lewis

Revealing shot her.

3 out of 5

Found you.

2.5 out of 5

Tag jam.

2.5 out of 5

Canoe shot trip.

3 out of 5

House sad.

2.5 out of 5

Zero G application.

3 out of 5

Shoot him in the head, Edgar.

2.5 out of 5

Mannequins, magic and demon's don't mix with scientists and electricty. You need a real consulting magician like Dr Theosophus and his assistant to help with that. A disturbed relative comes to the good doctor for help.

3 out of 5

Clock stop.

2.5 out of 5

Flaming can.

2.5 out of 5



1 out of 5

Waiting For An Angel - Mike Lewis

Flaming can.


2.5 out of 5

Keeping Time - Mike Lewis

Clock stop.


2.5 out of 5

Jack and Marilyn - Mike Lewis

Shoot him in the head, Edgar.


2.5 out of 5

Ashes - Mike Lewis

Zero G application.


3 out of 5

Alyssa and the Robin - Mike Lewis

House sad.


2.5 out of 5

A Clean Slate - Mike Lewis

Canoe shot trip.


3 out of 5

First Through the Post - Mike Lewis

Tag jam.


2.5 out of 5

Cooper's Creek - Mike Lewis

Found you.


2.5 out of 5

The Smell of Magic - Mike Lewis

Revealing shot her.


3 out of 5

Aberrations - Jeremy C. Shipp

This horror anthology is only a 3.10.

Aberrations : Money Well Earned - Joseph Nassise
Aberrations : Bug House - Lisa Tuttle
Aberrations : The Thing in the Woods - Nate Kenyon
Aberrations : Survivors - Joe McKinney
Aberrations : The Hounds of Love - Scott Nicholson
Aberrations : Goat Boy - Jeremy C. Shipp
Aberrations : Tested - Lisa Morton
Aberrations : Bus People - Simon Wood
Aberrations : Beggars at Dawn - Elizabeth Massie
Aberrations : From Hamlin to Harperville - Kealan Patrick Burke

I kill people, usually.

3 out of 5

Cold die planted.

3 out of 5

Not his baby, bear.

3.5 out of 5

Hell it is, like a turtle shell.

4 out of 5

Animal master type.

3 out of 5

Demon digestion.

3 out of 5

By a monster.

3 out of 5

On board snacks.

3 out of 5

Disease problem.

2.5 out of 5

Rat burb.

3 out of 5



2.5 out of 5

From Hamlin To Harperville - Kealan Patrick Burke

Rat burb.


3 out of 5

Beggars At Dawn - Elizabeth Massie

Disease problem.


2.5 out of 5

Bus People - Simon Wood

On board snacks.


3 out of 5

Tested - Lisa Morton

By a monster.


3 out of 5

Goat Boy - Jeremy C. Shipp

Demon digestion.


3 out of 5

The Hounds of Love - Scott Nicholson

Animal master type.


3 out of 5

The Thing In the Woods - Nate Kenyon

Not his baby, bear.


3.5 out of 5

Bug House - Lisa Tuttle

Cold die planted.


3 out of 5

Money Well Earned - Joseph Nassie

I kill people, usually.


3 out of 5

Scott Nicholson Library Vol 1 - Scott Nicholson

A very nice omnibus of four good novels :-

Scott Nicholson Library Vol 1 : THE RED CHURCH - Scott Nicholson
Scott Nicholson Library Vol 1 : THE SKULL RING - Scott Nicholson
Scott Nicholson Library Vol 1 : GHOST COLLEGE - Scott Nicholson
Scott Nicholson Library Vol 1 : AS I DIE LYING - Scott Nicholson

A sheriff investigating a murder begins to realise that something strange is going on. Especially when he sees the ghost of his dead brother. A young boy also realises that the Bell Monster is real and out to get them. All tied up with the preacher of a cult who has come back to the titular building.

3.5 out of 5

This is a solid novel of the good old Satanist menace variety.

The protagonist has a dysfunctional love life, and is in therapy for her issues. We come to realise that there is something a little off about her as the novel goes along, and she just may be a rather unreliable narrator.

With a title like this novel bears you hope it just won't involve one woman's descent into madness, that would be way too mundane and boring. Thankfully it does not.

Her own mental problems also do not mean that a Satanist group doesn't want to sacrifice her to the dark lord, and it does involve some rather odd jewellery.

Her paranoia and stress and instability is somewhat justified, and she has little evidence that any of the men around her can be trusted, or worse actively are working against her.

3.5 out of 5

First of the Ghost Files series apparently.

A couple as ghosthunters. With the woman providing the paranormal power and the bloke the support. Fairly lighthearted for dealing with the dead as the pair banter back and forth in this investigation of a young girl's spirit from old history of the school. So if looking for something breezy, a good choice.

3.5 out of 5

Writer in-novel meta conceit is the structure for this story of an abused boy who grows up with some very nasty imaginary friends or other personalities. Who also like to do bad things to others, in variation.

3.5 out of 5



4.5 out of 5

Patriot Acts - Greg Rucka

Starting where the last left off.

Atticus is lured away into an ambush and the rest of them are assaulted at the same time, leading to several casualties, including Kodiak's partner, Natalie.

This leads to a revenge long game as the survivors want to find out who was behind it - the person smelling very much like a US government official.


3.5 out of 5

Endurance - J. A. Konrath

Here's your classic group of people get kidnapped and held captive to be the blood supply for a bunch of inbred hillbillies and their mutant offspring. Inbred enough to suffer those good old royal type diseases. And to be crazy of course.

Bad time to be an O negative triathlete.


3.5 out of 5

As I Die Lying - Scott Nicholson

Writer in-novel meta conceit is the structure for this story of an abused boy who grows up with some very nasty imaginary friends or other personalities. Who also like to do bad things to others, in variation.


3.5 out of 5