Friday, November 30, 2012

Lay-by - L. A. Fields

Big Wade. 2.5 out of 5

Happy New Year DJ Lawrence - Graham Benedict

Disco wizzard. 3 out of 5

Evolution of Attraction - Katya Harris

Like you too. 3.5 out of 5

Bananas - Dominic Santi

Beach show flavour. 3.5 out of 5

Distraction - Antonia Adams

A reasonable short anthology. Distraction : Distraction - Maxine Marsh Distraction : Out of this World - Bel Anderson Distraction : The Orthodox Gift - Carmel Lockyer Distraction : Mourner for Hire - Giselle Renarde Distraction : Fantasy Woman - Landon Dixon Wolf cage. 3.5 out of 5 Invisible, even. 3.5 out of 5 Golem watch, straight. 3 out of 5 Grave ghost man. 3 out of 5 In head work. 3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5

Fantasy Woman - Landon Dixon

In head work. 3.5 out of 5

Mourner For Hire - Giselle Renarde

Grave ghost man. 3 out of 5

The Orthodox Gift - Carmel Lockyer

Golem watch, straight. 3 out of 5

Out of This World - Bel Anderson

Invisible, even. 3.5 out of 5

Distraction - Maxine Marsh

Wolf cage. 3.5 out of 5

Dear Claire - Kay Jaybee

Tie setup. 3.5 out of 5

The Shirt - Kay Jaybee

Black good one. 3 out of 5

Lightspeed Magazine 25 - John Joseph Adams

Very good issue with some quality originals, very good reprints and interesting excerpts. Lightspeed 25 : The Cosmology of the Wider World 2 - Jeffrey Ford Lightspeed 25 : Existence Excerpt - David Brin Lightspeed 25 : The Killing Moon Excerpt - N. K. Jemisin Lightspeed 25 : Cup and Table - Tim Pratt Lightspeed 25 : My Teacher My Enemy - Kelsey Ann Barrett Lightspeed 25 : Lost - Seanan McGuire Lightspeed 25 : Renfrew's Course - John Langan Lightspeed 25 : The Cristóbal Effect - Simon McCaffery Lightspeed 25 : Contact - Eileen Gunn Lightspeed 25 : A Plague of Zhe - Maggie Clark Lightspeed 25 : The Way of Cross and Dragon - George R. R. Martin “Don’t be a fool. I’m speaking about a minotaur.” 2 out of 5 "Slipping on the wraparound goggles, Mei Ling felt acutely aware of how long it had been since she and Bin moved out to the tidal flats and ruined shoreline of the Huangpo Estuary, where the world had only one “layer”—gritty-hardscrabble reality. That made her several tech-generations out of date. The ailectronics salesman had been helpful, patient . . . and a little too flirtatious . . . while tuning the unit to her rusty GIBAAR skills. It was difficult to rediscover the knack, even with his help. Like remembering how to walk after too long a convalescence in bed. Gaze. Interest. Blink. Allocate Attention. Repeat. The most basic way to vir, if you don’t have any of the other tools. She had no fingernail tappers. No clickers and scrollers, planted in the teeth. No subvocal pickups, to read the half-spoken words shaped by throat and mouth. Not even an old-fashioned hand-keyboard or twiddler. And certainly none of the fancy-scary new cephalo sensors that would take commands straight off the brain. Without any of that, she had to make do. Choosing from a range of menus and command icons that the spectacles created across the inner surface of both lenses, seeming to float in front of the real-life street scene. By turning her gaze to look right at a search icon . . . and by actually being interested (which affected the dilation of her pupils and blood flow in the retina) . . . she caused that symbol to light up. There followed a well timed, one-two blink of the left eye then right . . ." 4 out of 5 "More than shadows aided this priest’s stealth. Long training softened his footfalls against the stone; his feet were bare in any case. He wore little altogether, trusting the darkness of his skin for camouflage as he crept along, guided by the sounds of the city. An infant’s cry from a tenement across the street; he took a step. Laughter from several floors below his ledge; he straightened as he reached the window that was his goal. A muffled cry and the sounds of a scuffle from an alley a block away; he paused, listening and frowning. But the disturbance ended as sandals pattered on the cobblestones, fading into the distance, and he relaxed. When the love-cries of the young couple next door floated past on a breeze, he slipped through the curtains into the room beyond. The bedchamber: a study in worn elegance. The priest’s eyes made out graceful chairs upholstered in fraying fabrics, and wood furnishings gone dull for lack of polish. Reaching the bed, he took care to avoid shadowing the face of the person who slept there—but the old man’s eyes opened anyhow, blinking rheumily in the thin light. “As I thought,” said the old man, whose name was Yeyezu. His hoarse voice grated against the silence. “Which one are you?” “Ehiru,” said the priest. His voice was as soft and deep as the bedchamber’s shadows. “Named Nsha, in dreams.” The old man’s eyes widened in surprise and pleasure. “So that is the rose’s soulname. To whom do I owe this honor?”" 3.5 out of 5 Should I stay or should I go now? If I go then fire and rubble And if I stay it will be trouble 5 out of 5 No cape for her. 4 out of 5 A fair percentage of kids. 3 out of 5 Where only one of a pair gets the good stuff. 3.5 out of 5 Wobby-Brane slicer Spyder stack sentence. 3.5 out of 5 Sentient deathflight, with sort of Russian. 3.5 out of 5 NI, deception, eternal life, but not too nasty. 3.5 out of 5 Judas Star Knights. 3.5 out of 5 4 out of 5 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/issues/june-2012-issue-25/

Angel For Sale - Antonia Adams

An ok short anthology. Angel for Sale : Angel for Sale - Bertram Fox Angel for Sale : Stray - Cherry Hedley Angel for Sale : He is so Warm - Sommer Marsden Angel for Sale : Willow - Beverly Langland Angel for Sale : The Ultimate Voyeur - Marlene Yong Wing club. 3 out of 5 The dog is a girl. 3 out of 5 Especially for a ghost. 3.5 out of 5 Good nymph. 2.5 out of 5 Happy potion. 3.5 out of 5 3 out of 5

Willow - Beverly Langland

Good nymph. 2.5 out of 5

He Is So Warm - Sommer Marsden

Especially for a ghost. 3.5 out of 5

Stray - Cherry Hedley

The dog is a girl. 3 out of 5

Angel For Sale - Bertram Fox

Wing club. 3 out of 5

The Gatekeeper - Heather Graham

Half-elf half werewolf problem. 3 out of 5

The Highest Bidder - Sommer Marsden

Nostalgia boy is worth a few grand. 3.5 out of 5

Monday, November 19, 2012

From The Killing Moon - N. K. Jemisin

"More than shadows aided this priest’s stealth. Long training softened his footfalls against the stone; his feet were bare in any case. He wore little altogether, trusting the darkness of his skin for camouflage as he crept along, guided by the sounds of the city. An infant’s cry from a tenement across the street; he took a step. Laughter from several floors below his ledge; he straightened as he reached the window that was his goal. A muffled cry and the sounds of a scuffle from an alley a block away; he paused, listening and frowning. But the disturbance ended as sandals pattered on the cobblestones, fading into the distance, and he relaxed. When the love-cries of the young couple next door floated past on a breeze, he slipped through the curtains into the room beyond. The bedchamber: a study in worn elegance. The priest’s eyes made out graceful chairs upholstered in fraying fabrics, and wood furnishings gone dull for lack of polish. Reaching the bed, he took care to avoid shadowing the face of the person who slept there—but the old man’s eyes opened anyhow, blinking rheumily in the thin light. “As I thought,” said the old man, whose name was Yeyezu. His hoarse voice grated against the silence. “Which one are you?” “Ehiru,” said the priest. His voice was as soft and deep as the bedchamber’s shadows. “Named Nsha, in dreams.” The old man’s eyes widened in surprise and pleasure. “So that is the rose’s soulname. To whom do I owe this honor?”" 3.5 out of 5

The Shelter of Tradition - David Brin

"Slipping on the wraparound goggles, Mei Ling felt acutely aware of how long it had been since she and Bin moved out to the tidal flats and ruined shoreline of the Huangpo Estuary, where the world had only one “layer”—gritty-hardscrabble reality. That made her several tech-generations out of date. The ailectronics salesman had been helpful, patient . . . and a little too flirtatious . . . while tuning the unit to her rusty GIBAAR skills. It was difficult to rediscover the knack, even with his help. Like remembering how to walk after too long a convalescence in bed. Gaze. Interest. Blink. Allocate Attention. Repeat. The most basic way to vir, if you don’t have any of the other tools. She had no fingernail tappers. No clickers and scrollers, planted in the teeth. No subvocal pickups, to read the half-spoken words shaped by throat and mouth. Not even an old-fashioned hand-keyboard or twiddler. And certainly none of the fancy-scary new cephalo sensors that would take commands straight off the brain. Without any of that, she had to make do. Choosing from a range of menus and command icons that the spectacles created across the inner surface of both lenses, seeming to float in front of the real-life street scene. By turning her gaze to look right at a search icon . . . and by actually being interested (which affected the dilation of her pupils and blood flow in the retina) . . . she caused that symbol to light up. There followed a well timed, one-two blink of the left eye then right . . ." 3.5 out of 5

The Cosmology Of The Wider World 2 - Jeffrey Ford

“Don’t be a fool. I’m speaking about a minotaur.” 2 out of 5

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Monsters - Stewart O'Nan

Dead eye accident. 3 out of 5

Tongue Craft - Alcamia Alcamia

Of the large variety. 3.5 out of 5

Quiet House - Norman Prentiss

Decoration cool kill. 3.5 out of 5

Dirty Boy - Charlotte Stein

Train disguise. 3.5 out of 5

Gerassimos Flamotas: A Day in the Life - Simon Clark

Moped dead daughter. 3 out of 5

Neighbours - Elizabeth Cage

Loud music coat tactics. 3.5 out of 5

Trick - Gerard Houarner

Dead road. 3 out of 5

Daron's Night Out - Cecilia Tan

Little red convertible trick. 3.5 out of 5

Invitation Only - Ray Garton

Cemetery burn. 3.5 out of 5

Served On Wheels - Susan Williams

Roller boots honey. 3 out of 5

Shot To the Heart - Janine Ashbless

Valentine present. 2.5 out of 5

Dr Charm - J. Manx

Just a PHD. 3 out of 5

Better Than Chocolate - Amelia Thornton

Research find. 3 out of 5

A Weekend Retreat - Izzy French

Poker friends. 3.5 out of 5

Crush - Primula Bond

Gallery Polly. 3.5 out of 5

The Halloween Phantoms - John R. Little

Some Booing. 3 out of 5

The Boy In the Lot - Ronald Malfi

Smart dog runs away from monster. 3.5 out of 5

The Toll - Kealan Patrick Burke

Buried magnate surprise. 3 out of 5

The Legend of Halloween Jack - Lisa Morton

Dodgy can't beat the Devil. 3.5 out of 5

Devoured - Paul Melnicek

Not your run of the mill criminal. 3 out of 5

Short of Breath - Trent Zelazny

Dead wife party. 3 out of 5

Pumpkin - Bill Pronzini

Big evil one. 3 out of 5

Monster Night - Brian James Freeman

Home made Pumpkin Eater. 3 out of 5

Treats For Adeline - Elizabeth Voss and Peter Tackaberry

Seedy likeness. 3.5 out of 5

Monday, November 5, 2012

Requiem For the Burning God - Shane Jiraiya Cummings

A mercenary adventurer has problems with others in the thrall of a Lovecraftian flute. And they have a zeppelin full of ooze. 3.5 out of 5

City of Screams - James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell

Well, it could be toxic gas, however more likely possession by ancient demons or spirits of those murdered by Genghis Khan. 3.5 out of 5

Tracker - James Rollins

An ex-soldier and his highly intelligent trained war dog help out a woman trying to get her father out of the clutches of rogue Hungarian spooks after a large amount of gold looted by the nazis. 4 out of 5

Beyond the Waters of the World - Ruth Nestvold

Another in this setting as yet another of the contact party runs intro trouble butting up against the ingrained sexism in the country they are talking to. Leading to an interesting relationship. 3.5 out of 5

Devil In the Dollhouse - Richard Kadrey

Trucking on to find the old hell. 3.5 out of 5

Rocket Science - Ian Sales

A very interesting high quality anthology and better than I thought it would be, both fictionally and non-fictionally. Rocket Science : Final Orbit - Nigel Brown Rocket Science : The Complexity of the Humble Spacesuit - Karen Burnham Rocket Science : Conquistadors - Iain Cairns Rocket Science : Making Mars A Nicer Place to Live - Eric Choi Rocket Science : Launch Day - David L Clements Rocket Science : Why Barnaby isn’t on the ISS Today - Gary Cuba Rocket Science : Dancing on the Red Planet - Berit Ellingsen Rocket Science : Fisher's Gambit - Stephen Gaskell Rocket Science : Going - Boldly - Helen Jackson Rocket Science : The New Tenant - Philip Edward Kaldon Rocket Science : Not Because They Are Easy - Sam Kepfield Rocket Science : Tell Me A Story - Leigh Kimmel Rocket Science : Waverider Entry Spacecraft: A History - Duncan Lunan Rocket Science : Dreaming at Baikonur - Sean Martin Rocket Science : The Brave Little Cockroach Goes to Mars - Simon McCaffery Rocket Science : Pathfinders - Martin McGrath Rocket Science : The Taking of IOSA 2083 - Colum Paget Rocket Science : A Biosphere Ends - Stephen Palmer Rocket Science : A Ray of Sunshine - Bill Patterson Rocket Science : Incarnate - Craig Pay Rocket Science : Slipping Sideways - Carmelo Rafala Rocket Science : Sea of Maternity - Deborah Walker The decommissioning of the American space station and being outstripped by other countries leads to the final commander discovering some unusual sabotage. 3.5 out of 5 Vacuum versatility is hard to do. 3.5 out of 5 Critic landing lack of pressure. 3.5 out of 5 Or a brief history of some Mars stories, etc. 4 out of 5 For a new sky scanning mission. 3.5 out of 5 Billion dollar pooch screwer. 3.5 out of 5 Public experiment check, Russian style. 3 out of 5 A desperate Kuiper Belt prospector separated from family takes AI fake genius bait. 4 out of 5 Kangaroo game trip stay-at-home. 4 out of 5 Making business out of an old station. 3.5 out of 5 Russian moon landing Feb 69 fake. 4 out of 5 The Man in the Moon kid's book gets used going into the future. 3.5 out of 5 A look at the decades long history of a different type of design. 4.5 out of 5 Or get out of jail and do some space program. 4 out of 5 Goes blue, saves some people. 3.5 out of 5 A probably apocalyptically cut off base leads to desperate excursions. 3.5 out of 5 A probably apocalyptically cut off base leads to desperate excursions. 3.5 out of 5 Sulphur bacteria says your AI investigator, eventually. 4 out of 5 How to not get fried in space when there for a long time. 3.5 out of 5 A daughter wants to be dead properly when brought back from backup. 3.5 out of 5 Maybe alive in another dimension. 3 out of 5 Mutant radiation-proof moonchild. 3.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5

Far Beyond the Wave - Dafydd ab Hugh

The second of a duo where a British army major ends up sent back in time after trying to discover terrorist infiltration of said project. Ending up in post-Roman Britain as Lancelot, becoming involved in plots there as well as discovering who his terrorist quarry is in the past. Don't keep history intact - no technological future. Throw in some early masons and a princess in disguise and some guerilla warfare raids for extra. 3.5 out of 5