Monday, July 30, 2012

A Peculiar People - Betsy Curtis

Too much machine security risk. 3 out of 5

Fashionably Late - Heidi Champa

Pants will do. 3 out of 5

Meeting My Husband Again - Deva Shore

Bigger works. 3 out of 5

The Cyber and Justice Holmes - Frank Riley

Dream question. 3 out of 5

The Photographer's Muse - Scarlett Sanderson

Model answer. 3.5 out of 5

Teething Ring - James Causey

Porteous galactic visit world master. 3 out of 5

The Education of Clarissa - Izzy French

Not so horrid. 2.5 out of 5

A Rip Through Time - David Cranmer

Fun anthology of linked stories of cross-time pursuit of mad scientist and femme fatale. Rip Through Time : The Dame the Doctor and the Device - Chris F. Holm Rip Through Time : Battles Broadswords and Bad Girls - Charles A. Gramlich Rip Through Time : Chaos in the Stream - Garnett Elliott Rip Through Time : Darkling in the Eternal Space - Chad Eagleton Rip Through Time : The Final Painting of Hawley Exton - Chad Eagleton Dr Berlin creates rip problem for Rip. 3.5 out of 5 Dr Berlin does a Merlin turn. 3 out of 5 Hemingway and the Scorpion Pit. 3 out of 5 Tesla and the end of time. 3.5 out of 5 Odd titler ending. 3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5

Lessons Learned - Lynn Lake

Friend's roommate transfer setup. 3.5 out of 5

The Final Painting of Hawley Exton - Chad Eagleton

Odd titler ending. 3.5 out of 5

Kaz In the Changing Room - Eleanor Powell

Shop assistant double con. 3.5 out of 5

Darkling In the Eternal Space - Chad Eagleton

Tesla and the end of time. 3.5 out of 5

Chaos In the Stream - Garnett Elliott

Hemingway and the Scorpion Pit. 3 out of 5

Float Your Boat - Landon Dixon

Too many bears fishing. 3 out of 5

Battles Broadswords and Bad Girls - Charles A. Gramlich

Dr Berlin does a Merlin turn. 3 out of 5

Surfing Down Under - Eva Hore

Nude beach imaginings. 3.5 out of 5

The Dame The Doctor and the Device - Chris F. Holm

Dr Berlin creates rip problem for Rip. 3.5 out of 5

The Kennel Club - John Connor

Foreign Rufus services. 3 out of 5

Dancing Queen - Elizabeth Cage

Club friends. 3 out of 5

Glass Houses - Heidi Champa

Snooping clarity. 3.5 out of 5

The Choice - Alex Jordaine

Designing friend better than workaholic spouse. 3.5 out of 5

Painted Lady - Amelia Fox

Terrific life model. 3.5 out of 5

Workout - Beverly Langland

Shower Amazon bonus. 3.5 out of 5

The Yule Log - William Meikle

Dead whisper. 3 out of 5

Two For One - Kitti Bernetti

Hotel reception surprise. 3.5 out of 5

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Bitter Soul - Anthony Neil Smith

Sawbones ghost. 3 out of 5

Adoration - Jeffrey Thomas

Marilyn and mum. 3 out of 5

City Girl Country Girl - Kristina Wright

Farmer's market vegetabling. 3 out of 5

Demonslayer - David Grigg

Getting rid of Gorgoroth replacement. 3 out of 5

Flogging Scarlet - Athena Marie

Coffee shop screening. 3.5 out of 5

Women In Deep Time - Greg Bear

A two story themed collection. Women In Deep Time : Sisters - Greg Bear Women In Deep Time : Hardfought - Greg Bear Designer defect death. 3.5 out of 5 Spacehawk history problems. 4 out of 5 4.5 out of 5

Dream World - Tony Haynes

Devil double. 3 out of 5

The Grave - Orville R. Emerson

Advance underground. 3 out of 5

The Window Cleaner - Eva Hore

Partner's double desk display observation. 3.5 out of 5

Turn Again - William Meikle

Turbine death. 3 out of 5

Dragons: The Greatest Stories - Martin H. Greenberg

A poor anthology at under 3. Dragons the Greatest Stories : Berlin - Charles de Lint Dragons the Greatest Stories : The Champion of Dragons - Mickey Zucker Reichert Dragons the Greatest Stories : The Flight of the LZ-D1 - Brian McNaughton Dragons the Greatest Stories : Between Tomatoes and Snapdragons - Jane Lindskold Dragons the Greatest Stories : Saint Willibald's Dragon - Esther Friesner Dragons the Greatest Stories : The Hidden Dragon - Barbara Delaplace Dragons the Greatest Stories : The Dragonbone Flute - Lois Tilton Borderlands gang. 3 out of 5 Slice decision. 3 out of 5 Spy and zeppelin bomber. 3.5 out of 5 Peppery little lizard. 3 out of 5 Treasure and other legend. 2.5 out of 5 Weredragon kill. 3 out of 5 Piping them down. 2 out of 5 2 out of 5

Losing It - Ashley Hind

Country cousin closed shop Goth girl harnessing. 3.5 out of 5

Between Tomatoes And Snapdragons - Jane Lindskold

Peppery little lizard. 3 out of 5

Summer Camp - Eva Hore

Work tied up. 3 out of 5

The Flight of the LZ-D1 - Brian McNaughton

Spy and zeppelin bomber. 3.5 out of 5

Thrice Told Tales - Robert W. Walker

An ok collection of short horror and crime stories. Thrice Told Tales : 500 Words - Robert W. Walker Thrice Told Tales : Bat Guano - Robert W. Walker Thrice Told Tales : Zomflies - Robert W. Walker Thrice Told Tales : A Snitch in Time - Robert W. Walker Thrice Told Tales : Pet Project - Robert W. Walker Thrice Told Tales : Rules of Fog - Robert W. Walker Thrice Told Tales : The Unread - Robert W. Walker Thrice Told Tales : Stump Grinder - Robert W. Walker Werewolf drop. 2.5 out of 5 In my head. 3 out of 5 Rotten rights. 3 out of 5 Plane assassin chance. 3.5 out of 5 Butcher killed slow. 3.5 out of 5 A military murder and an ice pick in Jessica Coran’s life. 3.5 out of 5 Spook naked. 3 out of 5 Good for vampire disposal. 3.5 out of 5 3 out of 5

The Kept - Sommer Marsden

Dog to man and master double. 3.5 out of 5

The Unread - Robert W. Walker

Spook naked. 3 out of 5

The Greed Jar - Sommer Marsden

Double team for less cursed mine. 3.5 out of 5

Pet Project - Robert W. Walker

Butcher killed slow. 3.5 out of 5

Nothing But the Boots - Sommer Marsden

Or one purple one and a kimono for a while, greeting for the new underling. 3.5 out of 5

Sugar - Sommer Marsden

Punishment for extra consumption of. 3.5 out of 5

A Snitch In Time - Robert W. Walker

Plane assassin chance. 3.5 out of 5

Zomflies - Robert W. Walker

Rotten rights. 3 out of 5

Drunk and Disorderly - Sommer Marsden

Doing the boss as she says. 3.5 out of 5

Bat Guano - Robert W. Walker

In my head. Vampire even. 3 out of 5

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Fist - G. R. Richards

Deepak at work. 3 out of 5

Triad Death Match - Seth Harwood

Jack Palms gets a bit Bloodsport. 3.5 out of 5

Snow Wolf - John Connor

Valentin injured. 3 out of 5

Easy as Hop Skip and Jump - Jacqueline Lichtenberg

Sime-Gen shipboard issues. 3.5 out of 5

It's A Sin - Alex Jordain

Swimming nice. 3.5 out of 5

Quest For Sex Truth and Reality - Edward Lee

A short collection of Lee esoterica. Quest For Sex Truth and Reality : The Seeker - Edward Lee Quest For Sex Truth and Reality : Pay Me - Edward Lee Quest For Sex Truth and Reality : The Goddess of the New Dark Age - Edward Lee Pizza vomit writer. 3 out of 5 Reunion Do-Horse and job. 3.5 out of 5 Ghost real. 3 out of 5 3 out of 5

Butt In - Landon Dixon

A decent enough short collection, even with a spy story. Butt In : Butt In - Landon Dixon Butt In : Engines of the Night - Landon Dixon Butt In : Hunk-hunk! - Landon Dixon Butt In : Massaging the Truth - Landon Dixon Butt In : Agony Uncle - Landon Dixon Beach bottom. 3 out of 5 Tailpipe time. 2.5 out of 5 Football photography loosening. 3.5 out of 5 CIA sting love. 3.5 out of 5 Strict job interview requirements. 3 out of 5 3 out of 5

Pay Me - Edward Lee

Reunion Do-Horse and job. 3.5 out of 5

Agony Uncle - Landon Dixon

Strict job interview requirements. 3 out of 5

The Seeker - Edward Lee

Pizza vomit writer. 3 out of 5

Massaging the Truth - Landon Dixon

CIA sting love. 3.5 out of 5

The Goddess Of The New Dark Age - Edward Lee

Ghost real. 3 out of 5

Hunk-hunk! - Landon Dixon

Football photography loosening. 3.5 out of 5

Wake of the Riddler - Janet Morris

Crit and Strat, Stepson behind. 3.5 out of 5

Engines of the Night - Landon Dixon

Tailpipe time. 2.5 out of 5

Butt In - Landon Dixon

Beach bottom. 3 out of 5

Bring It Back Home - Niall Griffiths

Cakes, a girl, drugs in doughnuts, a baby, bad things and occasional fish and chips. 3.5 out of 5

Possession Obsession and a Diesel Compression Engine - Gerard Brennan

Solid, short and often funny horror collection. Possession Obsession and a Diesele Compression Engine : Blood Bath - Gerard Brennan Possession Obsession and a Diesele Compression Engine : Steele Guitar - Gerard Brennan Possession Obsession and a Diesele Compression Engine : 925 - Gerard Brennan Possession Obsession and a Diesele Compression Engine : Road Rage - Gerard Brennan Possession Obsession and a Diesele Compression Engine : An Irish PossessionWould you be Interested? - Gerard Brennan Accountant is better than lawyer. 4 out of 5 Screaming riff talented beginner devil. 3.5 out of 5 No head hook and tasty colleague. 3 out of 5 Crazy Freddy sunk. 3 out of 5 Belfast exorcised first boy. 3 out of 5 I need your life Tim. 3 out of 5 3.5 out of 5

Game Ball - Landon Dixon

A reasonable short collection. Game Ball : Game Ball - Landon Dixon Game Ball : Pulped - Landon Dixon Game Ball : Men of the Open Road - Landon Dixon Game Ball : Sunnyside Up - Landon Dixon Game Ball : Blue vs Brown - Landon Dixon Indoor soccer score. 3 out of 5 A double for Brian. 3.5 out of 5 Young and old pickup. 3 out of 5 Different fishing pole, farm. 3 out of 5 Delivery mano-a-mano. 3 out of 5 3 out of 5

Would You Be Interested? - Gerard Brennan

I need your life Tim. 3 out of 5

Blue vs Brown - Landon Dixon

Delivery mano-a-mano. 3 out of 5

An Irish Possession - Gerard Brennan

Belfast exorcised first boy. 3 out of 5

Sunnyside Up - Landon Dixon

Different fishing pole, farm. 3 out of 5

Road Rage - Gerard Brennan

Crazy Freddy sunk. 3 out of 5

Men of the Open Road - Landon Dixon

Young and old pickup. 3 out of 5

925 - Gerard Brennan

No head hook and tasty colleague. 3 out of 5

Pulped - Landon Dixon

A double for Brian. 3.5 out of 5

Steele Guitar - Gerard Brennan

Screaming riff talented beginner devil. 3.5 out of 5

Game Ball - Landon Dixon

Indoor soccer score. 3 out of 5

Blood Bath - Gerard Brennan

Accountant is better than lawyer. 4 out of 5

Two Man Assault - Landon Dixon

Trench join, kid. 3 out of 5

The Micro-Age - Lu Cixin

Ark little people Forerunner. 3 out of 5

A Brush With the Law - J. Manx

Sergeant ride. 3 out of 5

The Rose of Fire - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Labyrinth dead. 2.5 out of 5

Halfway Up the Stairs - Josephine Myles

New roommate discovery. 3.5 out of 5

Born Under a Bad Sign - Paul D. Marks

Brothers are. 3 out of 5

Watching - Victoria Bliss

On and off screen. 3 out of 5

After the Sabines - Sarah A. Hoyt

A man is looking for his wife after a gender balance shifting virus is introduced into the Chinese population, leading them to attack the USA to get more women. 4 out of 5

In the Bakery - Kristina Wright

Late lesson. 3 out of 5

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Wanted Exhibitionists - Jennie Treverton

Onan gallery publicity. 3.5 out of 5

A Guy Walks Into A Bar - Lee Child

Reacher intervenes, punchwise, with two thugs, a boy and a girl. 3 out of 5

Waiting For Isabella - Amy Eddison

For massage demands. 3 out of 5

Stick Garden - Sommer Marsden

Whacking a better looking scarecrow. 3.5 out of 5

Personal Shopper - Viva Jones

A new customer gets first time fitting. 3.5 out of 5

Going Topless - Renee Knowles

A couple of sisters take a holiday and go not very crazy. 2.5 out of 5

Bluebeard - Selena Kitt

A collection discovery leads to taking up with the import spouse. 3 out of 5

The Dogs of Riga - Henning Mankell

At the time of just before the collapse of the Soviet Union two bodies wash up in Sweden, leading Detective Kurt Wallander to a solo dangerous spylike investigation in Latvia amidst a power struggle in the police department in Riga. 3 out of 5

Wendy - Selena Kitt

A Peter, Dahling. 3 out of 5

Fort Freak - George R. R. Martin

A soon to retire Joker detective decides to revisit an old case while an Internal Affairs detective investigates corruption and murder in the same precinct. The cold case leads back to one of the original aces and goes via several well known Jokertown identities. 3.5 out of 5

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Shadow of the Well of Souls - Jack L. Chalker

The second of this sequel series has Mavra and Nathan trying to get to the part of the Well where they can stop things from going bad. This involves a lot of travel with companions, some of whom struggle greatly with the species and gender shifting involved. Better than the first one but middle seriesness bigtime. 3 out of 5

The Scar-Crow Men - Mark Chadbourn

As if Will Swyfte didn't have enough problems with evil fairies and dodgy Spaniards now spy factions in his own government want to have him become mortally challenged. The disappearance of friend and fellow agent Christopher Marlowe escalates the need to run away and attempt to stop the takeover of England via an Unseelie version of Invasion of the Body Snatches. A female Irish counterpart, supernatural assassins, a personal demon in the form of his dead girlfriend and French royalty complicate things further as Will's sword gets a lot of use. 3.5 out of 5å

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Apocalypse Codex - Charles Stross

The latest Laundr novel picks an all-time favourite of mine to homage. Modesty Blaise. Bob Howard discovers the Laundry actually does have some external and deniable assets they use, not bound by the usual Yes Minister cum literal soul sucking bureaucratic agreements. So he is read in on the BASHFUL INCENDIARY dossier and sent to the USA to deal with a Christian cult leader that appears set to try and perform your gate summoning of something powerful and nasty and take over the country and the world, etc. Penny Hazard and Johnny McTavish aren't too pleased about having oversight in their heads but as things get worse they realise Mr Howard is actually a bit on the useful side as Bob continues to be fast tracked in a key role in opposing CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN eldritch invasion horror. Delightful to read as usual, especially given the fact I love Modesty Blaise. Points off for O'Donnell disposal! 4 out of 5

The Last Mortal Man - Syne Mitchell

A young woman dying of untreatable cancer is caught up in a plot to kill the man responsible for an immortality process that could save her if she could 1) afford it and 2) he would allow it. A change of heart leads her to save his life and eventually make a deal to stay out of jail - two and a half centuries of indentured service as his bodyguard. Converted to a Deathless immortal she is highly effective but divisions and enemies her boss makes, including those close to him lead to further conflict in the future. His grandson is allergic to the nanotech that can make people immortal, so when a weapon that strikes at that technology is unveiled, killing most of his rellos, he is tasked with trying to stop it and save some kids. With the help of a posthuman killer bodyguard. 4 out of 5

Carpathia - Matt Forbeck

Here's a fun one, ship full of dead people aside. The Titanic voyage doesn't go so well. However, three of the survivors are Quin Harker, Abraham Holmwood and Lucy Seward. The ship that picks them up is in the title. On board, some vampires. The three friends soon realise that Uncle Bram may not have been making stuff up and that their parental predilection for household garlic and crucifixes was not so normal. These three are not so easy prey given their background and divisions in the vampire ranks make things more interesting too. Good stuff. 3.5 out of 5

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Making Mars a Nicer Place in Fiction and in Fact - Eric Choi

Or a brief history of some Mars stories, etc. 4 out of 5

Pathfinders - Martin McGrath

A probably apocalyptically cut off base leads to desperate excursions. 3.5 out of 5

Dancing on the Red Planet - Berit Ellingsen

Public experiment check, Russian style. 3 out of 5

Incarnate - Craig Pay

A daughter wants to be dead properly when brought back from backup. 3.5 out of 5

Friday, July 6, 2012

Scourge of the Betrayer - Jeff Salyards

No cursed magic swords here. Only a cursed magic flail. Which which the captain of small military company is encumbered. Sent on an unspecified to the scribe hired to document their work mission the young man soon gets involved in events lethal and dodgy as these agents of a foreign empire go about their politically motivated work. A solid novel of low-tech geopolitical small area stabbity and backstabbity, with the odd monstrous beasties. 3.5 out of 5

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Wunderwaffe - Ian Sales

Nazi Bell dimension portal accidental Atlantean Metropolis demise. 4 out of 5

Wind Project Nx104 - Jordan Reyne

Has one that can talk, it seems. 4 out of 5

Snot - Andy Remic

Lots and lots of orange burn. 3.5 out of 5