Friday, August 31, 2012

The Cloak - Alcamia Payne

Soft outside, hard inside. 3 out of 5

One-click Banishment - Jeremiah Tolbert

User agreements, even Elder Gods hates them. 5 out of 5

Dog House - Lynn Lake

Intruder revisited. 3.5 out of 5

Mommy Issues of the Dead - Tim Pratt

Marla gets a hillbilly junkpile robot and bonus Snow Queen mission. 4 out of 5

Captive Audience - Derek Shannon

Horror convention instruction. 3 out of 5

Street Wizard - Simon R. Green

A day in the life of. 3 out of 5

Golden Boy - Landon Dixon

Artist has some use. 3 out of 5

Endgame - Lev Grossman

Spell guises competition. 3.5 out of 5

Cowgirl Honeymoon - Tamsin Flowers

Horseback thing can hurt. 3 out of 5

Cerile And The Journeyer - Adam-Troy Castro

Witch Wish greener. 3.5 out of 5

The Relapse - Tabitha Rayne

Dr Leigh's spot check teamup. 3.5 out of 5

The Trader And The Slave - Cinda Williams Chima

Wine, then kill. 3.5 out of 5

Filling Her Stockings - Elizabeth Coldwell

Good outfits, what about you? 3 out of 5

The Ghost Of Christmas Yet To Come - Mimi Elise

She'll be Jake. 3 out of 5

The Christmas Present - Sadie Wolf

Toy boost. 3.5 out of 5

The Secret of Calling Rabbits - Wendy N. Wagner

Maybe not just for dwarves. 3 out of 5

Beer Bottle - Jeremy Edwards

Party return. 3.5 out of 5

Jamaica - Orson Scott Card

Jam Gan wizard problem. 3 out of 5

Exposure - Kat Black

Demonstration note. 3.5 out of 5

Too Fatal A Poison - Krista Hoeppner Leahy

War is hell, pig was good. 3.5 out of 5

Heart-shaped Box - Justine Elyot

Spiro's, no opening. 3.5 out of 5

The Go-Slow - Nnedi Okorafor

Animal craze, with bird-woman. 3.5 out of 5

The Psychiatrist - Heather Davidson

Now out of ideas with the hopeless case. 3.5 out of 5

So Deep That The Bottom Could Not Be Seen - Genevieve Valentine

Magical Congress. 3 out of 5

Sleeping Beauty - Heather Davidson

Prince not interested. Lady instead. 3 out of 5

Thursday, August 30, 2012

One Silent Night - Kiki Howell

Vampire xmas. 2.5 out of 5

Card Sharp - Rajan Khanna

Ace up the sleeve but can also use a Joker. 3.5 out of 5

Five Golden Rings - Jennifer Labelle

Pierced variety. 3 out of 5

Life So Dear Or Peace So Sweet - Charles Coleman Finlay

Bit of a pirate world. 3 out of 5

All Summer Long - Kiki Howell

Yard cool. 3 out of 5

The Sorcerer Minus - Jeffrey Ford

Evil assistant. 2.5 out of 5

Truth Or Dare - Abby Hayes

Caveman stance. 3 out of 5

Wizard's Apprentice - Delia Sherman

Evil books. 2.5 out of 5

In the Middle - Emma Hillman

Double stuck. 3.5 out of 5

John Uskglass And The Cumbrian Charcoal Burner - Susanna Clarke

Saints and pigs. 2.5 out of 5

The Wild Ride - Cassandra Dayne

No gentle. 2.5 out of 5

Family Tree - David Barr Kirtley

Best wizard in this one. 3.5 out of 5

Reunited - Kiki Howell

Empath magic. 2.5 out of 5

Other Worlds Than These - John Joseph Adams

A good reprint anthology of science fiction and fantasy parallel worlds and other realities and dimensions. Other Worlds Than These : Moon Six - Stephen Baxter Other Worlds Than These : A Brief Guide to Other Histories - Paul McAuley Other Worlds Than These : Crystal Halloway and the Forgotten Passage - Seanan McGuire Other Worlds Than These : An Empty House With Many Doors Michael Swanwick Other Worlds Than These : Twenty-Two Centimeters - Gregory Benford Other Worlds Than These : Ana's Tag - William Alexander Other Worlds Than These : Nothing Personal - Pat Cadigan Other Worlds Than These : The Rose Wall - Joyce Carol Oates Other Worlds Than These : The Thirteen Texts of Arthyria - John R. Fultz Other Worlds Than These : Ruminations in an Alien Tongue - Vandana Singh Other Worlds Than These : Ten Sigmas - Paul Melko Other Worlds Than These : Magic For Beginners - Kelly Link Other Worlds Than These : A ghost samba - Ian McDonald Other Worlds Than These : The Cristobal Effect - Simon McCaffery Other Worlds Than These : Beyond Porch - E. Catherine Tobler Other Worlds Than These : Signal to Noise - Alastair Reynolds Other Worlds Than These : Porridge on Islac - Ursula K. Le Guin Other Worlds Than These : Mrs. Todd's Shortcut - Stephen King Other Worlds Than These : The Ontological Factor - David Barr Kirtley Other Worlds Than These : Dear Annabehls - Mercurio D. Rivera Other Worlds Than These : The Goat Variations - Jeff VanderMeer Other Worlds Than These : The Lonely Songs of Lauren Dorr - George R. R. Martin Other Worlds Than These : Of Swords and Horses - Carrie Vaughn Other Worlds Than These : Impossible Dreams - Tim Pratt Other Worlds Than These : Like Minds - Robert Reed Other Worlds Than These : The City of Blind Delight - Catherynne M. Valente Other Worlds Than These : Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain - Yoon Ha Lee Other Worlds Than These : Angles - Orson Scott Card Other Worlds Than These : The Magician and the Maid and Other Stories - Christie Yant Other Worlds Than These : Trips - Robert Silverberg Parallel world accidental stranding. 4 out of 5 Through the Turing Gate mirror munchkins might not seem real, but I wouldn't let them shoot you. 3.5 out of 5 Truth Fairy web. 3 out of 5 Counter-Earth brane exploration future looks like. 4 out of 5 Gang and gate. 3 out of 5 Multiversal Dread. 4 out of 5 Lost and hungry. 3 out of 5 One True World variety. 3.5 out of 5 Probability alter machine. 3 out of 5 Millions of me for music nicking. 3 out of 5 Foxy lady Library larceny lives. 3.5 out of 5 Captain Spooky's quantum Seu Alejandro. 3.5 out of 5 James Dean brane slicers. 3.5 out of 5 Poe seam. 3 out of 5 Quantum reality spousal coordination. 4.5 out of 5 Bear bowling. 3 out of 5 Holey bits. 2.5 out of 5 Opener number, no second rate realities. 3.5 out of 5 Multiple boy snatcher. 3 out of 5 Mushroom adept prediction time. 3.5 out of 5 Love guardian. 4 out of 5 The Princess thing was a real influence mum. 3 out of 5 Unmade otherworldly movie magic. 4 out of 5 Three gifts, many worlds, not always good. 4 out of 5 Train station want. 3 out of 5 Bullets yet again. 2.5 out of 5 Muon memory slant multiversal emigration confrontation. 4 out of 5 Audra-rora defense. 2.5 out of 5 Worldwalking many me. 3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5

One Look - Emma Hillman

I hate you too. Let's do it. 3 out of 5

The City Of Blind Delight - Catherynne M. Valente

Train station want. 3 out of 5

After the Confession - Kiki Howell

Not bewitched. 2.5 out of 5

Of Swords and Horses - Carrie Vaughn

The Princess thing was a real influence mum. 3 out of 5ac

Man In the Middle - Sommer Marsden

An excellent two story collection. Man In the Middle : Some Things - Sommer Marsden Man In the Middle : Hidey Hole - Sommer Marsden Coming clean movie three. 3.5 out of 5 Keeping the card safe for me. 3.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5

Hidey Hole - Sommer Marsden

Keeping the card safe for me. 3.5 out of 5

Dear Annabehls - Mercurio D. Rivera

Multiple boy Snatcher. 3 out of 5

Some Things - Sommer Marsden

Coming clean movie three. 3.5 out of 5

The Ontological Factor - David Barr Kirtley

Opener number, no second rate realities. 3.5 out of 5

Bridal Boots - Mary Winter

Conclave union. 3 out of 5

Beyond Porch - E. Catherine Tobler

Poe seam. 3 out of 5

Treat - Alanna Coca

Not stuck together like dogs. 2.5 out of 5

The Cristobal Effect - Simon McCaffery

James Dean brane slicers. 3.5 out of 5

Skyggen - Giselle Renard

First actual dictator. 2.5 out of 5

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Public Service Announcement - Sommer Marsden

Progeny free. 3.5 out of 5

Good-bye - Abby Hayes

Not this time. 2.5 out of 5

Anticipation - Cassandra Dayne

Crack. 3 out of 5

Cold Coffee On A Warm Day - Kiki Howell

Porch popsicle. 3 out of 5

Lightspeed Magazine 24 - John Joseph Adams

Pretty much the same as the last issue at 3.11. Lightspeed 24 : Nightside on Callisto - Linda Nagata Lightspeed 24 : The Children of Hamelin - Dale Bailey Lightspeed 24 : Song of Bullfrogs Cry of Geese - Nicola Griffith Lightspeed 24 : A Hole to China - Catherynne M. Valente Lightspeed 24 : The Cross-Time Accountants Fail To Kill Hitler Because Chuck Berry Does The Twist - C.C. Finlay Lightspeed 24 : The Ruby Incomparable - Kage Baker Lightspeed 24 : Different Kinds of Darkness - David Langford Lightspeed 24 : Mother of All Russiya - Melanie Rawn Lightspeed 24 : The Cosmology of the Wider World - Jeffrey Ford Red spread mech. 3.5 out of 5 Just the youngish ones. 3 out of 5 Chronic Fatal Syndrome. 3.5 out of 5 Door way. 3 out of 5 Callback intervention. 3.5 out of 5 Married and boring. 2.5 out of 5 Mathwar chipkid rebels. 4 out of 5 Need some snaky magic. 3.5 out of 5 Sad minotaur. 1.5 out of 5 2.5 out of 5

End of the Line - Heidi Champa

Tram meeting, no free ride. 3.5 out of 5

Suited - Joanne Anderton

Tanyana, following on from the last book continues to find out what the hell is going on behind the scenes with the Debris thing, the suits, etc. and the political divisions. 3 out of 5

Solitary Confinement - Lily Harlem

Jail, then dinner later. 3.5 out of 5

The Big Sin - Jack Webb

A Catholic priest, a Jewish detective and a blonde. No, this is not a walked into a bar joke, it is a walked into a lot of corruption and crime novel. The good old crime lord and politician story. Told with a lot of heart though as this unlikely trio have the odds stacked against them as they try and uncover the truth and save a life. 3.5 out of 5

The Arresting Officer - Justine Elyot

Surrender and save trees. 3.5 out of 5

Christmas In Australia - Eva Hore

Skipping dinner for well served. 3.5 out of 5

Carol Singing - Kay Jaybee

Double neighbour better than terrible tunes. 3.5 out of 5

Fantasia Island - Harriet Hamblin

Holiday shanghaied Santa management. 3.5 out of 5

Magic at Midnight - Jasmine Aherne

New Year's party. 3 out of 5

Oh Brother! - Lucy Felthouse

Young one weekends. 3.5 out of 5

Applied Literary Theory - Orlando Zinn

Graduate Disseminations. 3 out of 5

Good Girl - Clarice Clique

Husband friend lasted. 3 out of 5

Monday, August 27, 2012

A Ghost Samba - Ian McDonald

Captain Spooky's quantum Seu Alejandro. 3.5 out of 5

The Thirteen Texts Of Arthyria - John R. Fultz

One True World variety. 3.5 out of 5

The Rose Wall - Joyce Carol Oates

Lost and hungry. 3 out of 5

Ana's Tag - William Alexander

Gang and gate. 3 out of 5

Twenty-two Centimeters - Gregory Benford

Counter-Earth brane exploration future looks like. 4 out out of 5

Fireproof - Gerard Brennan

If you crossed Bedazzled with Snatch you might get something of the flavour of Gerard Brennan's Fireproof. A falling out leading to revenge killing leading to revenge killing after drunken information oopsie leaves our protagonist dead. Also on the side of an afterlife dispersal era and hence in Hell. Satan sees an opportunity to use his ill-gotten denizen to his own ends. So her torments him a bit with a demon. Doesn't have much effect as tough guy could handle torture when he was alive. Indeed, his situation just post death. So, next for his new minion - a job. Get sent back to the earthly plane on a mission from not-God. The Devil likes a joke it seems, so the job is converting Northern Ireland to Satanism. Add in Cerberus the three headed hound to keep him in line and a new girlfriend (employed as a social worker) that fancies becoming a contract killer and you have some highly amusing situations and a lot of funny lines. Especially when he starts first with a dumb youth gang and organises Black Mass. 4 out of 5

Ellie's Game - Jeff Cott

A couple have a signalling system. 3 out of 5

Tied Up In Knots - Antonia Adams

Can't see - what exactly is that? 3.5 out of 5

Party Favour - Fierce Dolan

Host display. 3 out of 5

My Old Dress - Gary Philpott

The red one is good. 3.5 out of 5

A Bonding Experience - Teresa Noelle Roberts

Rope double double. 3.5 out of 5

The Appointment - Jean-Phillipe Aubourg

Double session. 3.5 out of 5

Dancing In the Moonlight - N. J. Harris

Suitable stick. 3 out of 5

The Worm Turns - Beverly Langland

Dancing smell. 3 out of 5

No Smoking - Stephen Albrow

Not in this bit because I say so, anyway. 3 out of 5

The Rose - Beth Anderson

Final stroke. 3 out of 5

Stuff the Turkey - Harriet Hamblin

Good snacks, mum. 3 out of 5

Payment In Kind - Antonia Adams

Mistletoe woulda been ok. 3 out of 5

The Perfect Meal - Emily Dubberley

Drinks plus. 3.5 out of 5

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Best Horror of the Year 4 - Ellen Datlow

A good anthology with a yearly horror summary. Highlighted by the Llewellyn and Barron stories. Best Horror of the Year 4 : The Little Green God of Agony - Stephen King Best Horror of the Year 4 : Stay - Leah Bobet Best Horror of the Year 4 : The Moraine - Simon Bestwick Best Horror of the Year 4 : Blackwood’s Baby - Laird Barron Best Horror of the Year 4 : Looker - David Nickle Best Horror of the Year 4 : The Show - Priya Sharma Best Horror of the Year 4 : Mulberry Boys - Margo Lanagan Best Horror of the Year 4 : Roots and All - Brian Hodge Best Horror of the Year 4 : Final Girl Theory - A. C. Wise Best Horror of the Year 4 : Omphalos - Livia Llewellyn Best Horror of the Year 4 : Dermot - Simon Bestwick Best Horror of the Year 4 : Black Feathers - Alison J. Littlewood Best Horror of the Year 4 : Final Verse - Chet Williamson Best Horror of the Year 4 : In the Absence of Murdock - Terry Lamsley Best Horror of the Year 4 : You Become the Neighborhood - Glen Hirshberg Best Horror of the Year 4 : In Paris In the Mouth of Kronos - John Langan Best Horror of the Year 4 : Little Pig - Anna Taborska Best Horror of the Year 4 : The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine - Peter Straub TENS reverend feeding flush. 3.5 out of 5 No Wendigo. 3 out of 5 Rock monster got my wife. Lotta blood. 3.5 out of 5 One old monster stag needs a sacrifice. 4 out of 5 Tommy gone. 3 out of 5 Hot reading blood Pip. 3.5 out of 5 Changed to other, with pain. 3 out of 5 Woodwalker, Old Hickory Bones and beanbag rounds. 3.5 out of 5 Kaleidoscopic infection. 3.5 out of 5 Finding the way there, via map. 4 out of 5 Special Needs bones. 3.5 out of 5 Dead swing. 3.5 out of 5 Song chase. 3 out of 5 Just a dead pom. 2.5 out of 5 Spiders and turtle. 2.5 out of 5 Plowman's lunch for is long pig. 3.5 out of 5 Horse wolfed. 3 out of 5 Munna remainds fed. 3.5 out of 5 4 out of 5

Blackwood's Baby - Laird Barron

One old monster stag needs a sacrifice. 4 out of 5

Lightspeed Year One - John Joseph Adams

An anthology collection the stories from the magazine. Lots of very good reprints and some more ordinary new stories. A lot of stories though, so a good deal from that point of view. Lightspeed Year One : I'm Alive I Love You I'll See You In Reno - Vylar Kaftan Lightspeed Year One : The Cassandra Project - Jack Mcdevitt Lightspeed Year One : Cats In Victory - David Barr Kirtley Lightspeed Year One : Amaryllis - Carrie Vaughn Lightspeed Year One : No Time Like The Present - Carol Emshwiller Lightspeed Year One : Manumission - Tobias S. Buckell Lightspeed Year One : The Zeppelin Conductors’ Society Annual Gentlemen’S Ball - Genevieve Valentine Lightspeed Year One : For A Single Yesterday - George R.R. Martin Lightspeed Year One : How To Become A Mars Overlord - Catherynne M. Valente Lightspeed Year One : Patient Zero - Tananarive Due Lightspeed Year One : Arvies - Adam-Troy Castro Lightspeed Year One : More Than The Sum Of His Parts - Joe Haldeman Lightspeed Year One : Flower Mercy Needle Chain - Yoon Ha Lee Lightspeed Year One : The Long Chase - Geoffrey A. Landis Lightspeed Year One : Amid The Words Of War - Cat Rambo Lightspeed Year One : Travelers - Robert Silverberg Lightspeed Year One : Hindsight - Sarah Langan Lightspeed Year One : Tight Little Stitches In A Dead Man’S Back - Joe R. Lansdale Lightspeed Year One : The Taste Of Starlight - John R. Fultz Lightspeed Year One : Beachworld - Stephen King Lightspeed Year One : Standard Loneliness Package - Charles Yu Lightspeed Year One : Faces In Revolving Souls - Caitlín R. Kiernan Lightspeed Year One : Hwang's Billion Brilliant Daughters - Alice Sola Kim Lightspeed Year One : Ej-Es - Nancy Kress Lightspeed Year One : In-Fall - Ted Kosmatka Lightspeed Year One : The Observer - Kristine Kathryn Rusch Lightspeed Year One : Jenny's Sick - David Tallerman Lightspeed Year One : The Silence Of The Asonu - Ursula K. Le Guin Lightspeed Year One : Postings From An Amorous Tomorrow - Corey Mariani Lightspeed Year One : Cucumber Gravy - Susan Palwick Lightspeed Year One : Black Fire - Tanith Lee Lightspeed Year One : The Elephants Of Poznan - Orson Scott Card Lightspeed Year One : Long Enough And Just So Long - Cat Rambo Lightspeed Year One : The Passenger - Julie E. Czerneda Lightspeed Year One : Simulacrum - Ken Liu Lightspeed Year One : Breakaway Backdown - James Patrick Kelly Lightspeed Year One : Saying The Names - Maggie Clark Lightspeed Year One : Gossamer - Stephen Baxter Lightspeed Year One : Spider The Artist - Nnedi Okorafor Lightspeed Year One : Woman Leaves Room - Robert Reed Lightspeed Year One : All That Touches The Air - An Owomoyela Lightspeed Year One : Maneki Neko - Bruce Sterling Lightspeed Year One : Mama We Are Zhenya Your Son - Tom Crosshill Lightspeed Year One : Velvet Fields - Anne Mccaffrey Lightspeed Year One : The Harrowers - Eric Gregory Lightspeed Year One : Bibi From Jupiter - Tessa Mellas Lightspeed Year One : Eliot Wrote - Nancy Kress Lightspeed Year One : Scales - Alastair Reynolds Missed connections. 3 out of 5 Alien bad news hid. 3 out of 5 Monkeyman, dogmen moggie incarnation. 3.5 out of 5 Getting a banner kid. 3.5 out of 5 Much cheaper in the past. 3 out of 5 Flatbread memory takeout departure. 4 out of 5 Long accomodation. 3 out of 5 Time trip drug user. 3 out of 5 One morning you will wake up and ask Y. 2 out of 5 Immune boy runs out of caretakers. 4.5 out of 5 Non-born, for a while. 2.5 out of 5 We can rebuild him, better, faster, stronger. Also with bigger pee-pee. Pity about the crazy, though. 4 out of 5 Bullets yet again. 2.5 out of 5 Soldier's marathon space race conversion. 4 out of 5 Soldier's marathon space race conversion. 4 out of 5 Six clutched end. 3 out of 5 Relay-sweep planet travel loss. 3 out of 5 Flick puncture squirt smash crash. 3 out of 5 Thorny tatts, baby girl. 4 out of 5 Space cannibal mission. 3.5 out of 5 Exit Sandman. 3 out of 5 I am too nice. 3 out of 5 Hybrid cages. 2.5 out of 5 Never allow someone to test a time machine on you. 3 out of 5 Medical remains. 4 out of 5 Big black hole no death threat chop off. 3.5 out of 5 Space veteran woman return split problem. 4 out of 5 Plane saying. 3 out of 5 Killer heart kids. 3 out of 5 Space vegemen dayglo beanbag graveyard. 3.5 out of 5 Alien witness report crazy. 3 out of 5 Hybrid knockdown beginning wedding. 3.5 out of 5 Sexbot freedom. 3 out of 5 Ship decoration, personal. 3 out of 5 Kid recording. 3 out of 5 Colony life change. 4 out of 5 Bo assignment trial. 3.5 out of 5 Wormhole stuffup surfing webs. 4 out of 5 "Some of these pipelines carry diesel fuel, others carry crude oil. Millions of liters of it a day. Nigeria supplies twenty-five percent of United States oil. And we get virtually nothing in return. Nothing but death by Zombie attack. We can all tell you stories." The Zombies in this case are security robots that guard the pipeline from being broken into and tapped for the use of the exploited locals. In this atmosphere of local oppression a woman discovers a strange relationship with one of the robots, thanks to a bit of Bob Marley music, among others. Some robots have better taste than others? Still, lots of petroleum products and killer attack robots is always going to be an exposive situation. A good story, and the editor has managed to get a fine example of work set in other than your usual locations, here." 4 out of 5 Alive machine. 3 out of 5 Vosth dominance adaptation honesty leavetaking. 4.5 out of 5 Network of favors. 4 out of 5 GUI gnome quantum, with screaming and barking. 3 out of 5 Colony import error. 3 out of 5 Dead preaching. 3 out of 5 Small, green and trying hard for a human hybrid. 3 out of 5 Metaphor not working. 2.5 out of 5 Just your lizard-machine-human brain in a ship N-space reality level, FTL space battle, then. 4 out of 5 3 out of 5

The Ballad Of Ballard And Sandrine - Peter Straub

Munna remainds fed. 3.5 out of 5

Little Pig - Anna Taborska

Horse wolfed. 3 out of 5

In Paris In The Mouth Of Kronos - John Langan

Plowman's lunch for is long pig. 3.5 out of 5

You Become The Neighborhood - Glen Hirshberg

Spiders and turtle. 2.5 out of 5

In the Absence of Murdock - Terry Lamsley

Just a dead pom. 3.5 out of 5

The Hammer and the Blade - Paul S. Kemp

If you crossed Jim Zubkavich's Skullkickers and Fritz Leiber's Lankhmar stories you would likely get something of the tone of the Hammer and the Blade. A light hearted sword and sorcery romp at times and nasty demon forced breeding plot at others. Two aging adventurers decide to rob a tomb on a lark and kill a demon in the process. A demon that is part of the power base of the family of the sorcerer to their Lord Mayor in their city. Deciding to settle down they buy not just a tavern, but a brothel the thief and priest duo are shanghaied by said sorcerer and goons to do what they do best, break in to ancient sites and let loose the last remaining demon of the breed for the sorcerer to inflict on his sister. 3.5 out of 5

The Sandcats of Rhyl - Robert E. Vardeman

Here's Vardeman's take on a colourful planetary romance. Hybrid and cyborg partner get involved with what is going on with a woman's disappeared father. The planet Rhyl being home to a race of telepathic and clearly sentient felines, once enslaved by an ancient race with the good old super science. On a ship there they clash with a hired gun on the other side, of the exploiters for cash and again on the planet, with the super science gadgets right in the middle as the Sandcat Guardian and humans of various flavours team up to put a stop to the mind control antics. 3.5 out of 5

Kim - Robert Colby

A wealthy aunt asks a private investigation firm to investigate her niece's involvement with a gangster. A male-female team with tension they find out the crime lord is not the only dodgy bloke involved. A fine example of this type of story. 3.5 out of 5

Jennifer's Lion - Lizzie Lynn Lee

Fake ring, maybe a killer. 3 out of 5

Hunger - Elizabeth Cage

Club, two and coffee. 3.5 out of 5

Final Verse - Chet Williamson

Song chase. 3 out of 5

Four and A Half Acre Wood - Congressio Congressio

Two Toms. 3 out of 5

Black Feathers - Alison J. Littlewood

Dead swing. 3.5 out of 5

In Praise Of Older Women - Laurel Aspen

Mrs Robinson. 3 out of 5

Dermot - Simon Bestwick

Special Needs bones. 3.5 out of 5

You're My Toy - Sommer Marsden

Face mask wise. 3.5 out of 5

Final Girl Theory - A. C. Wise

Kaleidoscopic infection. 3.5 out of 5

Illuminations - Ruth De La Flambeau

Long reservation wait. 3.5 out of 5

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Four Legs In the Morning: The Collection - Norman Prentiss

A collection of three curiosities. Four Legs in the Morning : Four Legs in the Morning - Norman Prentiss Four Legs in the Morning : Flannel Board - Norman Prentiss Four Legs in the Morning : The Mask of Tragedies - Norman Prentiss Sphinx, Sibley. 3 out of 5 Bad paper points. 2.5 out of 5 Sibley was here. 3 out of 5 2 out of 5

The Mask of Tragedies - Norman Prentiss

Sibley was here. 3 out of 5

Roots and All - Brian Hodge

Woodwalker, Old Hickory Bones and beanbag rounds. 3.5 out of 5

Kit Bag - J. L. Merrow

Workout then strigil, you two. 3.5 out of 5

Mulberry Boys - Margo Lanagan

Changed to other, with pain. 3 out of 5

Safe and Sound - Alex K. Bell

Towel double. 3.5 out of 5

The Show - Priya Sharma

Hot reading blood Pip. 3.5 out of 5

Intrigued - Sommer Marsden

Intermission switch. 3.5 out of 5

Looker - David Nickle

Tommy gone. 3 out of 5

The Couple With the Dragon Tattoo - Giselle Renarde

Shared display. 3.5 out of 5

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 6 - Jonathan Strahan

A ton of ordinary here. Only two standouts: Malak by Peter Watts and the easily best story All That Touches the Air by An Owomoyela. SF and F Best 06 : The Case of Death and Honey - Neil Gaiman SF and F Best 06 : The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees - E. Lily Yu SF and F Best 06 : Tidal Forces - Caitlin R Kiernan SF and F Best 06 : Younger Women - Karen Joy Fowler SF and F Best 06 : White Lines on a Green Field - Catherynne M. Valente SF and F Best 06 : All That Touches The Air - An Owomoyela SF and F Best 06 : What We Found - Geoff Ryman SF and F Best 06 : The Server and the Dragon - Hannu Rajaniemi SF and F Best 06 : The Choice - Paul McAuley SF and F Best 06 : Malak - Peter Watts SF and F Best 06 : Old Habits - Nalo Hopkinson SF and F Best 06 : A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong - K. J. Parker SF and F Best 06 : Valley of the Girls - Kelly Link SF and F Best 06 : Brave Little Toaster - Cory Doctorow SF and F Best 06 : The Dala Horse - Michael Swanwick SF and F Best 06 : The Corpse Painter’s Masterpiece - M Rickert SF and F Best 06 : The Paper Menagerie - Ken Liu SF and F Best 06 : Steam Girl - Dylan Horrocks SF and F Best 06 : After the Apocalypse - Maureen F. McHugh SF and F Best 06 : Underbridge - Peter S. Beagle SF and F Best 06 : Relic - Jeffrey Ford SF and F Best 06 : The Invasion of Venus - Stephen Baxter SF and F Best 06 : Woman Leaves Room - Robert Reed SF and F Best 06 : Restoration - Robert Shearman SF and F Best 06 : The Onset of a Paranormal Romance - Bruce Sterling SF and F Best 06 : Catastrophic Disruption of the Head - Margo Lanagan SF and F Best 06 : The Last Ride of the Glory Girls - Libba Bray SF and F Best 06 : The Book of Phoenix Excerpted from The Great Book - Nnedi Okorafor SF and F Best 06 : Digging - Ian McDonald SF and F Best 06 : The Man Who Bridged the Mist - Kij Johnson SF and F Best 06 : Goodnight Moons - Ellen Klages Barbarian bees, Mycroft and Sherlock. 3 out of 5 Insect diplomacy. 3 out of 5 Sorry losing. 2.5 out of 5 Vampires are lame. 3 out of 5 Coyote game. 3 out of 5 Vosth dominance adaptation honesty leavetaking. 4.5 out of 5 Maybe fly slappy discovery. 3 out of 5 Made for each other. 3.5 out of 5 Alien sea dragon blowup killings. 3.5 out of 5 Azrael's Red-Green collateral damage equation nuke return. 4 out of 5 Dead mall. 3 out of 5 Music prison. 2.5 out of 5 Old [Hero] mummy. 3 out of 5 Loony Goony. 3 out of 5 Loony Goony. 3 out of 5 Bone fix. 3 out of 5 Lively folds a bit. 3 out of 5 Martian Rose smaller. 3 out of 5 No, not the same anymore. 3 out of 5 Troll grab. 3 out of 5 Boring holy toe sucking sermon. 1.5 out of 5 Fought off by blowing up Neptune and smooshing them. 3.5 out of 5 Alive machine. 3 out of 5 Gallery old. 2.5 out of 5 A, B hide. 2.5 out of 5 Please shoot the royals. 2.5 out of 5 Time freezing train robbing. 3 out of 5 Tower 7 research, hot. 3.5 out of 5 Big one, Tash. 3 out of 5 Maybe big islands. 2.5 out of 5 Martian baby. 3 out of 5 2 out of 5

Alive - Clarice Clique

End of the world cult. 3 out of 5

The Last Ride of the Glory Girls - Libba Bray

Time freezing train robbing. 3 out of 5

On the Lookout - Mia Lovejoy

No fires, one cougar and a delivery. 3.5 out of 5

Catastrophic Disruption Of The Head - Margo Lanagan

Please shoot the royals. 2.5 out of 5

Marriage of Convenience - Jeremy Edwards

Co-star variety. 3 out of 5

The Onset Of A Paranormal Romance - Bruce Sterling

A, B hide. 2.5 out of 5

Under the Desk - Charlotte Stein

All Steve's fault. 3 out of 5

Restoration - Robert Shearman

Gallery old. 2.5 out of 5

Neighbours - Renatto Garcia

Mine for yours. 3.5 out of 5

Relic - Jeffrey Ford

Boring holy toe sucking sermon. 1.5 out of 5

Den of Beatrix - Giselle Renarde

A little closeted. 3 out of 5

Steam Girl - Dylan Horrocks

Martian Rose smaller. 3 out of 5

Circle In the Sand - Elizabeth Coldwell

Island vision. 3 out of 5

The Corpse Painter’s Masterpiece - M. Rickert

Bone fix. 3 out of 5

Come With Us - Landon Dixon

Vampeter defense. 3 out of 5

Belonging To Grace - Lucy Diamond

Crack Lucy. 3 out of 5

Come Dressed Up - Kitty Meadows

And half off, too. 3.5 out of 5

Toy Story - Lynn Lake

Dad's collection, not mum. 3.5 out of 5

Sea of Maternity - Deborah Walker

Mutant radiation-proof moonchild. 3.5 out of 5

Outfoxed - K. Lee Klein

Band love. 3 out of 5

The Brave Little Cockroach Goes To Mars - Simon McCaffrey

Goes blue, saves some people. 3.5 out of 5

Reunion - Kate J. Cameron

Soldier hotel. 3.5 out of 5

A Ray of Sunshine - Bill Patterson

How to not get fried in space when there for a long time. 3.5 out of 5

Apres-ski Adventure - Peter Baltensperger

Home gym trust. 3.5 out of 5

The Taking of IOSA 2083 - Colum Paget

Slave meat setup. 3.5 out of 5

The Liberation of Paris - Sylvia Lowry

Savouring French. 3 out of 5

Not Because They Are Easy - Sam Kepfield

Russian moon landing Feb 69 fake. 4 out of 5

The Boathouse - Brandie Buckwine

Three cousin holiday. 3.5 out of 5

Why Barnaby Isn’t On The Iss Today - Gary Cuba

Billion dollar pooch screwer. 3.5 out of 5

Buzz Cut - Rachel Kramer Bussel

Salon shortening. 3 out of 5

The Complexity Of The Humble Spacesuit - Karen Burnham

Vacuum versatility is hard to do. 3.5 out of 5

Angeline's Atelier - Izzy French

Tailor clients. 3.5 out of 5

Going Boldly - Helen Jackson

Kangaroo game trip stay-at-home. 3.5 out of 5

Productivity - K. D. Grace

Handling advice. 3 out of 5

Conquistadors - Iain Cairns

Critic landing lack of pressure. 3.5 out of 5

You Get What You Pay For - J. Smith

Street watch. 3 out of 5

Slipping Sideways - Carmelo Rafala

Maybe alive in another dimension. 3 out of 5

His German Night - D. C. Kohn

A bit translated. 3 out of 5

A Biosphere Ends - Stephen Palmer

Sulphur bacteria says your AI investigator, eventually. 4 out of 5

In the Back Seat - Esmerelda Greene

Sister-in-law short. 3.5 out of 5

Monday, August 20, 2012

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

A lot of weaker stories for one of these volumes to come up with a very low 3.39 but still a few standouts. Easily the best story is Dave Hutchison's Incredible Exploding Man. Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : The Choice - Paul Mcauley Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : Silently And Very Fast - Catherynne M. Valente Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : The Man Who Bridged The Mist - Kij Johnson Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : The Ants Of Flanders - Robert Reed Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : A Soldier Of The City - David Moles Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : The Invasion Of Venus - Stephen Baxter Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : Laika's Ghost - Karl Schroeder Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : The Beancounter's Cat - Damien Broderick Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : The Vicar Of Mars - Gwyneth Jones Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : Dolly - Elizabeth Bear Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : Martian Heart - John Barnes Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : Ascension Day - Alastair Reynolds Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : The Smell Of Orange Groves - Lavie Tidhar Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : After The Apocalypse - Maureen McHugh Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : A Long Way Home - Jay Lake Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : What We Found - Geoff Ryman Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : The Incredible Exploding Man - Dave Hutchinson Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : The Copenhagen Interpretation - Paul Cornell Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : The Way It Works Out And All - Peter S. Beagle Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : The Dala Horse - Michael Swanwick Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : Earth Hour - Ken MacLeod Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : The Ice Owl - Carolyn Ives Gilman Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : Digital Rites - Jim Hawkins Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : Cody - Pat Cadigan Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : Ghostweight - Yoon Ha Lee Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : A Response From Est17 - Tom Purdom Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : Digging - Ian McDonald Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : A Militant Peace - David Klecha and Tobias S. Buckell Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : For I Have Lain Me Down On The Stone Of Loneliness And I'll Not Be Back Again - Michael Swanwick Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : The Iron Shirts - Michael Flynn Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : The Boneless One - Alec Nevala-Lee Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : Canterbury Hollow - Chris Lawson Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : The Cold Step Beyond - Ian R. MacLeod Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : The Vorkuta Event - Ken MacLeod Year's Best Science Fiction 29 : Dying Young - Peter M. Ball Alien sea dragon blowup killings. 3.5 out of 5 Bad apple. 2.5 out of 5 Maybe big islands. 2.5 out of 5 Bloch definitely isn't like us anymore after an alien invasion. 4 out of 5 Dead goddess revenge mission ends monkish. 3.5 out of 5 Fought off by blowing up Neptune and smooshing them. 3.5 out of 5 Online Soviet Mars Verne cannon pyramid shot metastable red Orion followup. 4 out of 5 Shaper of. 3 out of 5 Boaaz and funny things there. 3.5 out of 5 Bot murder. 3 out of 5 All bad choices lead there, botterogator. 3.5 out of 5 Delayed departure ship wakeup. 3.5 out of 5 Kranki labbing. 3 out of 5 No, not the same anymore. 3 out of 5 Sforza, not the last man. 3.5 out of 5 Maybe fly slappy discovery. 3 out of 5 This is a more DC than Marvel, I think, with Reporter Manhattan. 4.5 out of 5 Fake alien Balance tampering ship story. Fake woman too. Most likely. 3.5 out of 5 Avram notes. 3 out of 5 Troll end. 3 out of 5 Green conference killer. 3.5 out of 5 Learning Thorn. 3.5 out of 5 Dead bad actress attack blue brain discovery movie finish. 3.5 out of 5 Courier blood. 3.5 out of 5 Kite weapon. 3 out of 5 Message Integration Turbulence Attack. 4 out of 5 Big one, Tash. 3 out of 5 Camp Nike new kind of North Korean war, with powered armour. 4 out of 5 Outsider aliens takeover Ireland. 3.5 out of 5 New one, all Gael and smoking. 3.5 out of 5 Octopus killer filter. 3.5 out of 5 Ballot time climb end. 3.5 out of 5 Warrior Bess chops pretend Elli. 3.5 out of 5 Future scary war scientist. 3.5 out of 5 Dragon, Doc. 3 out of 5 4 out of 5

Thank God It's Friday - Bertrand Fox

Lasagne wash time. 3 out of 5

Ascension Day - Alastair Reynolds

Delayed departure ship wakeup. 3.5 out of 5

Behind the Blue Door - Charlotte Stein

Got werewolf eyebrows. 3 out of 5

The Ants of Flanders - Robert Reed

Bloch definitely isn't like us anymore after an alien invasion. 4 out of 5

A Special Kind of Pet - Kathleen Tudor

Will also cook and clean. 3 out of 5

vN - Madeline Ashby

Since I saw my first Ashby story in Flurb Fitting a New Suit I was impressed. Her first novel is no letdown and also very good. In a future where artificial humans produced from a template are quite common, many of them have relationships and even marriages with humans. They are also capable of producing offspring from raw materials. One of these is the main protagonist for this book. A girl whose growth has been kept deliberately slow when artificials are capable of very fast growth maturity if given enough food material. When one of her line attacks her mother at her school she grows up fast, hunger pangs leading her to eat her attacker, being her grandmother. So, arrest and possible execution in her future leads her to going on the run with another vN, an eco model that is shades of Walter Jon Williams Green Leopard Plague with a photosynthesis ability and a penchant for serial breeding. All very interesting and highly polished novel as the young vN is pursued and deals with literal inner conflict with her consumed grandmother and externally with her clade group along with the human authorities. 4 out of 5

After the Apocalypse - Maureen F. McHugh

No, not the same anymore. 3 out of 5

The Governess - Izzy French

Fearful of your morals. 3 out of 5

Cody - Pat Cadigan

Courier blood. 3.5 out of 5

Sprung - Deva Shore

Slumber bust. 3.5 out of 5

The Way It Works Out And All - Peter S. Beagle

Avram notes. 3 out of 5

Learning Her Lesson - Chloe Devlin

Out too late. 3 out of 5

The Vorkuta Event - Ken MacLeod

Future scary war scientist. 3.5 out of 5

The Favour - Leslie Lee Sanders

Old school friend. 3.5 out of 5

Analog 972 - Stanley Schmidt

A solid issue, led off by a very good long novelette. Analog 972 : Done That Never Been There - Brad Aiken Analog 972 : Elmira 1895 - Michael F. Flynn Analog 972 : The Voices - Alec Nevala-Lee Analog 972 : Rent In Space - Susan Forest Analog 972 : Mythunderstanding - Carl Frederick Analog 972 : The Long View - Jerry Oltion Remote moon surgeon's murder mystery with ex. 4 out of 5 Kipling and Clemens. 3 out of 5 Crazy files. 3 out of 5 Space-time disposal death. 3.5 out of 5 Holy alien apples. 3 out of 5 Overshoot stroll discovery. 3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5

Casting Couch - Charlotte Stein

New manager. 3 out of 5

The Long View - Jerry Oltion

Overshoot stroll discovery. 3.5 out of 5

The Things Tour Guides Know - Richard Hiscock

How to surprise. 3.5 out of 5

Mythunderstanding - Carl Frederick

Holy alien apples. 3 out of 5

Slam Me Down - Thomas Fuchs

Wrestling toss. 3 out of 5

Rent In Space - Susan Forest

Space-time disposal death. 3.5 out of 5

I Am - Tamsin Flowers

In charge. 3 out of 5

The Voices - Alec Nevala-Lee

Crazy files. 3 out of 5

Trust Me - Jade Melisande

Good bath. 3 out of 5

Elmira 1895 - Michael F. Flynn

Kipling and Clemens. 3 out of 5

A Lesson Learned - Kyoko Church

No ho-hum. 3 out of 5

Done That Been There - Brad Aiken

Remote moon surgeon's murder mystery with ex. 4 out of 5

Making the Most of All In New Zealand - Eva Hore

In horse riding. 3.5 out of 5

Ghost - Kay Jaybee

Logo everywhere. 3.5 out of 5

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Analog 971 - Stanley Schmidt

A solid enough issue with some good articles. Analog 971 : Nightfall On The Peak Of Eternal Light - Richard A. Lovett & William Gleason Analog 971 : Sam Below Par - Ben Bova Analog 971 : The Mutant Stag At Horn Creek - Sarah K. Castle Analog 971 : Donner Summit - Harry Turtledove Analog 971 : The Song Of Uullioll - Gray Rinehart Analog 971 : The North Revena Ladies Literary Society - Catherine Shaffer Analog 971 : Red Rover Red Rover - Howard V. Hendrix Analog 971 : Zeitgeist, Inc. - Carl Frederick Analog 971 : To Save Man - H. G. Stratmann Analog 971 : The Conquest Of The Air - Rob Chilson Loony Greek mob betrayal meeting. 3 out of 5 Gunn's Moon golf. 3 out of 5 Killer content, kid. 3.5 out of 5 Fofogo tasty Contact. 3 out of 5 Loving the Bright Hot. 3.5 out of 5 Drive-by time version. 3 out of 5 Cogzie cat curse. 3 out of 5 Robots, industrial espionage and a dog. 3.5 out of 5 Understanding humans. 3.5 out of 5 Landwalker and fish folk asteroid trade problems. 3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5

The Conquest of the Air - Rob Chilson

Landwalker and fish folk asteroid trade problems. 3.5 out of 5

From Bradford To Bollywood - Victoria Blisse

Newbie for the role. 3 out of 5

To Save Man - H. G. Stratmann

Understanding humans. 3.5 out of 5

Romanesque - O'Neil De Noux

Police one-time. 3.5 out of 5

Zeitgeist Inc - Carl Frederick

Robots, industrial espionage and a dog. 3.5 out of 5

An Argentinian Tango - Troy Seate

Natasha not so Russian? 3 out of 5

Red Rover Red Rover - Howard V. Hendrix

Cogzie cat curse. 3 out of 5

The Initiation of Lily - Angel Propps

Small prison. 3 out of 5

The North Revena Ladies Literary Society - Catherine Shaffer

Drive-by time version. 3 out of 5

The Next Step - Jeanette Grey

Train orders. 3.5 out of 5

The Song Of Uullioll - Gray Rinehart

Loving the Bright Hot. 3.5 out of 5

Waiting In Vein - Giselle Renarde

Cut my way. 3 out of 5

Donner Summit - Harry Turtledove

Fofogo tasty Contact. 3 out of 5

Phoenix Incantation - Jayne Rylon

King Dagan share. 2.5 out of 5

The Mutant Stag At Horn Creek - Sarah K. Castle

Killer content, kid. 3.5 out of 5

Anger - Thomas Fuchs

Like the aggression. 3 out of 5

Sam Below Par - Ben Bova

Gunn's Moon golf. 3 out of 5

Satan's Sauna - Thom Gautier

Fisk training. 3.5 out of 5

Nightfall On The Peak Of Eternal Light - Richard A. Lovett and William Gleason

Loony Greek mob betrayal meeting. 3 out of 5

Getting Off Easy - Landon Dixon

Case cracked. 3.5 out of 5

Analog 970 - Stanley Schmidt

A very good consistent issue. Analog 970 : Crooks - Paul Carlson Analog 970 : Titanium Soul - Catherine Shaffer Analog 970 : A Murmuration Of Starlings - Joe Pitkin Analog 970 : An Ounce Of Prevention - Jerry Oltion Analog 970 : The Fine Print - Michael Alexander Analog 970 : Darwin's Gambit - Emily Mah Analog 970 : A Reasonable Expectation Of Privacy - N. M. Cedeño Analog 970 : Food Chained - Carl Frederick Traffic and robot variety. 3.5 out of 5 APD implant. 3 out of 5 Bacteria computer network evolution contact. 3.5 out of 5 Moon visit dulling. 3 out of 5 Alien message exercise. 3.5 out of 5 Space born CART rated. 3.5 out of 5 Private person removal. 3.5 out of 5 Bunny-Ears and trees Higgs inhibitor space mission discovery frozen. 3.5 out of 5 4 out of 5

Hinged - Angela Caperton

Old armoury. 3.5 out of 5

Food Chained - Carl Frederick

Bunny-Ears and trees Higgs inhibitor space mission discovery frozen. 3.5 out of 5

The Psychic Harem - Giselle Renarde

Clone rental. 3 out of 5

A Reasonable Expectation Of Privacy - N. M. Cedeno

Person removal investigation. 3.5 out of 5

Anything For Her - Rachel Kramer Bussel

Damon talk. 3.5 out of 5

Darwin's Gambit - Emily Mah

Space born CART rated. 3.5 out of 5

Catching Caroline - Sylvia Day

Forever drain. 2.5 out of 5

The Fine Print - Michael Alexander

Alien message exercise. 3.5 out of 5

Three To Tango - Josie Jordan

One was right here. 3.5 out of 5

An Ounce of Prevention - Jerry Oltion

Moon visit dulling. 3 out of 5

Belonging - Justine Elyot

Own waitress. 3.5 out of 5

A Murmuration of Starlings - Joe Pitkin

Bacteria computer network evolution contact. 3.5 out of 5

As You Wish - Heidi Champa

One of the other flavour again. 3.5 out of 5

Titanium Soul - Catherine Shaffer

APD implant. 3 out of 5

A Good Little Girl - Shanna Germain

Santa request. 3 out of 5

Crooks - Paul Carson

Traffic and robot variety. 3.5 out of 5

The Scent of Pine - Victoria Blisse

No, it isn't really you know. 3.5 out of 5

Friday, August 17, 2012

Fantasy and Science Fiction 702 - Gordon Van Gelder

A decent issue. Fantasy And Science Fiction 702 : The Fullness Of Time - Kate Wilhelm Fantasy And Science Fiction 702 : Wearaway And Flambeau - Matthew Hughes Fantasy And Science Fiction 702 : The Afflicted - Matthew Johnson Fantasy And Science Fiction 702 : Jack Shade In The Forest Of Souls - Rachel Pollack Fantasy And Science Fiction 702 : Hartmut's World - Albert E. Cowdrey Fantasy And Science Fiction 702 : The Woman Who Fooled Death Five Times - Eleanor Arnason Fantasy And Science Fiction 702 : A Natural History Of Autumn - Jeffrey Ford Fantasy And Science Fiction 702 : Wizard - Michaele Jordan Fantasy And Science Fiction 702 : Real Faces - Ken Liu Future gene research. 3.5 out of 5 Thief Glabro. 3.5 out of 5 End-stagers. 3.5 out of 5 Door trouble. 3 out of 5 Sam Rant Count. 3 out of 5 Goddess bowel movement entity story. 3.5 out of 5 Coward ghost story. 2.5 out of 5 Long choice. 3 out of 5 IdentiMask interview. 3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5

Acting Tough - Landon Dixon

Missing moviemaker detective. 2.5 out of 5

Real Faces - Ken Liu

IdentiMask interview. 3.5 out of 5

Split - Shanna Germain

Prose skirted. 3 out of 5

Wizard - Michaele Jordan

Long choice. 3 out of 5

Him - Cyanne Cyanne

Momentarily destroyed. 3 out of 5

A Natural History Of Autumn - Jeffrey Ford

Coward ghost story. 2.5 out of 5

Once More With Feeling! - Teresa Joseph

Direction scene. 3 out of 5

The Woman Who Fooled Death Five Times - Eleanor Arnason

Goddess bowel movement entity story. 3.5 out of 5

Imagine - Beverly Langland

Birthday display setup. 3.5 out of 5

Hartmut's World - Albert E. Cowdrey

Sam Rant Count. 3 out of 5

State Champs - Garland Garland

White and standard chocolate. 3 out of 5

Jack Shade In the Forest of Souls - Rachel Pollack

Door trouble. 3 out of 5

Heat It Up - Shashauna P. Thomas

Fire cooking. 3 out of 5

The Afflicted - Matthew Johnson

End-stagers. 3.5 out of 5

Love On the Battlefield - Chrissie Bentley

Reenactment discovery. 3 out of 5

Wearaway and Flambeau - Matthew Hughes

Thief Glabro. 3.5 out of 5

Doctor's Orders - Brandon Burnham

Feeding and other personal assistance. 3.5 out of 5

The Fullness of Time - Kate Wilhelm

Future gene research. 3.5 out of 5

Confessions - K. D. Grace

Priest repeat. 3.5 out of 5

Fantasy and Science Fiction 701 - Gordon Van Gelder

A solidly consistent pretty good issue. Fantasy And Science Fiction 701 : Maze Of Shadows - Fred Chappell Fantasy And Science Fiction 701 : Liberty's Daughter - Naomi Kritzer Fantasy And Science Fiction 701 : Asylum - Albert E. Cowdrey Fantasy And Science Fiction 701 : Taking The Low Road - Pat Macewen Fantasy And Science Fiction 701 : The Children's Crusade - Michael Alexander Fantasy And Science Fiction 701 : Necrosis - Dale Bailey Fantasy And Science Fiction 701 : Typhoid Jack - Andy Stewart Fantasy And Science Fiction 701 : City League - Matthew Corradi Fantasy And Science Fiction 701 : Grand Tour - Chris Willrich Sunbolt game. 3.5 out of 5 Seastead people finding and regeneration. 3.5 out of 5 Lioness drift. 3 out of 5 Wormhole worms multiply. 3.5 out of 5 Travelling dead pa. 3 out of 5 Waiting remnants. 3 out of 5 Disease sale. 3.5 out of 5 MemTech baseball construction. 3.5 out of 5 Qua teen. 3 out of 5 3.5 out of 5

One Night Only - Alex Severn

Eva orders. 3.5 out of 5

Grand Tour - Chris Willrich

Qua teen. 3 out of 5

Of Death and Desire - Jude Mason

Will, sir. 3 out of 5

City League - Matthew Corradi

MemTech baseball construction. 3.5 out of 5

Typhoid Jack - Andy Stewart

Disease sale. 3.5 out of 5

Like a Moth To a Flame - Elizabeth Black

No hate now. 3 out of 5

Necrosis - Dale Bailey

Waiting remnants. 3 out of 5

Quay Party - Courtney James

Boyfriend one up. 3.5 out of 5

The Children's Crusade - Michael Alexander

Travelling dead pa. 3 out of 5

When I Am Niki - Amanda Stiles

Different role girl. 3 out of 5

Taking the Low Road - Pat McEwen

Wormhole worms multiply. 3.5 out of 5

Roses and Figs - Tabitha Rayne

Painting model bounty. 3.5 out of 5

Asylum - Albert E. Cowdrey

Lioness drift. 3 out of 5

The Trip of a Lifetime - Izzy French

Driver ride. 3.5 out of 5

Liberty's Daughter - Naomi Kritzer

Seastead people finding and regeneration. 3.5 out of 5

In the Company of Women - Sadie Wolf

Friend club. 3.5 out of 5

Maze of Shadows - Fred Chappell

Sunbolt game. 3.5 out of 5

Blood and Bliss - D. M. W. Carol

Goth club one. 3.5 out of 5

Fantasy and Science Fiction 700 - Gordon Van Gelder

A pretty ordinary issue with boring writer stories but the bonus return of Steven Utley and Sean McMullen. Fantasy and Science Fiction 700 : Electrica - Sean McMullen Fantasy and Science Fiction 700 : Twenty-Two and You - Michael Blumlein Fantasy and Science Fiction 700 : Greed - Albert E. Cowdrey Fantasy and Science Fiction 700 : Gnarly Times at Nana'ite Beach - K. J. Kabza Fantasy and Science Fiction 700 : Olfert Dapper's Day - Peter S. Beagle Fantasy and Science Fiction 700 : Repairmen - Tim Sullivan Fantasy and Science Fiction 700 : One Year of Fame - Robert Reed Fantasy and Science Fiction 700 : The Tortoise Grows Elate - Steven Utley Fantasy and Science Fiction 700 : The Queen and the Cambion - Richard Bowes Fantasy and Science Fiction 700 : Demiurge - Geoffrey Landis Fantasy and Science Fiction 700 : The Man Who Murdered Mozart - Robert Walton and Barry N. Malzberg Fantasy and Science Fiction 700 : Perfect Day - C. S. Friedman Voltaic spying and whoring in amber. 3.5 out of 5 Cancer gene rewrite forget. 3 out of 5 Bonaparte account info castle. 3 out of 5 Smart sand board prototype wipeout, girls. 3.5 out of 5 Remorse Kirtley capture. 3 out of 5 He gone. 3 out of 5 Writing throwing away. 2.5 out of 5 Fungus, Centipede Sam, The Wasp Woman and The Acid Drip. 3.5 out of 5 A bit wizard. 3 out of 5 Fantasy world write beautiful. 2.5 out of 5 History tries. 3 out of 5 Naked virus neuropractor. 3 out of 5 2.5 out of 5

Siren - Beverly Langland

Boat view. 4 out of 5

Perfect Day - C. S. Friedman

Naked virus neuropractor. 3 out of 5

Nymph - Kyoko Church

Nectar. 3.5 out of 5

The Man Who Murdered Mozart - Barry N. Malzberg and Robert Walton

History tries. 3 out of 5

Flaws - K. D. Grace

Normal love spell. 3.5 out of 5

Demiurge - Geoffrey Landis

Fantasy world write beautiful. 2.5 out of 5

Ghost With the Most - Lynn Lake

Lord Edmund behind. 3.5 out of 5

The Queen and the Cambion - Richard Bowes

A bit wizard. 3 out of 5

The Deepest Dig - Sylvia Lowry

Mosaic replay. 3.5 out of 5

The Tortoise Grows Elate - Steven Utley

Fungus, Centipede Sam, The Wasp Woman and The Acid Drip. 3.5 out of 5

Typing Pool - Honey Leigh

Job performance. 3 out of 5

Tropical Paradise - Velvet Tripp

Tree house good. 3.5 out of 5

One Year of Fame - Robert Reed

Writing throwing away. 2.5 out of 5

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Clearing - Chris Ross

Sun watch. 3.5 out of 5

Repairmen - Tim Sullivan

He gone. 3 out of 5

Arjun's Wedding - Carmel Lockyer

Young uncle shopping. 3 out of 5

Olfert Dapper's Day - Peter S. Beagle

Remorse Kirtley capture. 3 out of 5

A Member of the Profession - Angel Propps

Out of circle payment surprise. 3.5 out of 5

Gnarly Times At Nana'ite Beach - K. J. Kabza

Smart sand board prototype wipeout, girls. 3.5 out of 5

That Girl! - Landon Dixon

True rumours. 3 out of 5

Greed - Albert E. Cowdrey

Bonaparte account info castle. 3 out of 5

Good Neighbours - Angel Propps

New double. 3 out of 5

Twenty-two And You - Michael Blumlein

Cancer gene rewrite forget. 3 out of 5

Rockin' It Old School - Lynn Lake

Old band boys. 3.5 out of 5

Electrica - Sean McMullen

Voltaic spying and whoring in amber. 3.5 out of 5

Blank - Sommer Marsden

Not sure, but share. 3 out of 5

Where Phone Sex Can Lead - Deva Shore

Customer good. 3 out of 5

Princess Beatrice - Sadie Wolf

Birthday double. 3.5 out of 5

Asimov's 439 - Sheila Williams

A strong issue at 3.55 with two standouts from De Bodard and Sellar. Asimov's 439 : Weep For Day - Indrapramit Das Asimov's 439 : Heaven's Touch - Jason Sanford Asimov's 439 : Beautiful Boys - Theodora Goss Asimov's 439 : Joining The High Flyers - Ian Creasey Asimov's 439 : View Through The Window - Ted Reynolds Asimov's 439 : Starsong - Aliette De Bodard Asimov's 439 : Stamps - Bruce Mcallister Asimov's 439 : The Bernoulli War - Gord Sellar Seeing a Nightmare. 3.5 out of 5 Comet mission program lie. 3.5 out of 5 Testing, but Mars needs women. 3 out of 5 Show us your wings and attack the castle. 3.5 out of 5 L5 patient. 3.5 out of 5 Quetzalcoatl Flower Match. 4 out of 5 Arcturan Stamp Collecting for Beginners correspondence. 3.5 out of 5 !pHEnteRMinE4^g3mksYnaPSeS gaemi is fight scape baejjangi. 4 out of 5 4.5 out of 5

Love At First Light - Harriet Hamblin

Candle promise. 3 out of 5

The Bernoulli War - Gord Sellar

!pHEnteRMinE4^g3mksYnaPSeS gaemi is fight scape baejjangi. 4 out of 5

The Corporal's Punishment - Robin Moreton

Generally. 3 out of 5

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Stamps - Bruce McAllister

Arcturan Stamp Collecting for Beginners correspondence. 3.5 out of 5

Red - Charlotte Stein

Cooper setup. 3.5 out of 5

Starsong - Aliette de Bodard

Quetzalcoatl Flower Match. 4 out of 5

Spend or Save - Heidi Champa

Shoe hide. 3 out of 5

View Through the Window - Ted Reynolds

L5 patient. 3.5 out of 5

Special Forces Christmas - Erosa Knowles

Major Tyson. 2.5 out of 5

Joining the High Flyers - Ian Creasey

Show us your wings and attack the castle. 3.5 out of 5

French Kissing - Josie Jordan

Hopefully regular. 3 out of 5

Beautiful Boys - Theodora Goss

Testing, but Mars needs women. 3 out of 5

Burning Woman - L. A. Fields

Lot of friends. 3 out of 5

Heaven's Touch - Jason Sanford

Comet mission program lie. 3.5 out of 5

Escape - Clarice Clique

Silver5 capture. 3.5 out of 5

Weep For Day - Indrapramit Das

Seeing a Nightmare. 3.5 out of 5

Finding Your Heart II - Lex Valentine

Casey home. 3 out of 5

Asimov's 438 - Sheila Williams

An ok plus sort of issue. Asimov's 438 : Old Paint - Megan Lindholm Asimov's 438 : The Girl In The Park - Robert Reed Asimov's 438 : Kill Switch - Benjamin Crowell Asimov's 438 : Alive And Well A Long Way From Anywhere - Allen M. Steele Asimov's 438 : Zip - Steven Utley Asimov's 438 : Bird Walks In New England - Michael Blumlein Asimov's 438 : Long Night On Redrock - Felicity Shoulders Smart car virus. 3.5 out of 5 Lost one found eventually. 3 out of 5 Male flip sing. 3.5 out of 5 2010 TK 7 Stone House Jerry plan. 3 out of 5 Plant first or last men. 3.5 out of 5 Swan's Neck common. 2.5 out of 5 A bit much walking Corps. 3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5

The Fix - Anne Tenino

Cop back. 3 out of 5

Long Night On Redrock - Felicity Shoulders

A bit much walking Corps. 3.5 out of 5

Lucky Lucy - Jenna Bright

Wedding reunion delayed. 3.5 out of 5

Bird Walks In New England - Michael Blumlein

Swan's Neck common. 2.5 out of 5

Comrades On A Train - Z. Ferguson

Russian, no James Bond. 3 out of 5

Zip - Steven Utley

Plant first or last men. 3.5 out of 5

No Running No Petting - Janine Ashbless

No bombing either, presumably. But a pool invitation. 3.5 out of 5