Monday, December 31, 2012

Fantasy and Science Fiction 704 - Gordon Van Gelder

A very good issue with a standout Great Ship novella by Reed. Fantasy and Science Ficton 704 : Katabasis - Robert Reed Fantasy and Science Ficton 704 : High Stakes - Naomi Kritzer Fantasy and Science Ficton 704 : The Problem of the Elusive Cracksman - Ron Goulart Fantasy and Science Ficton 704 : Heaventide - KJ Kabza Fantasy and Science Ficton 704 : Claim Blame - Alan Dean Foster Fantasy and Science Ficton 704 : Application - Lewis Shiner Fantasy and Science Ficton 704 : Breathe - Steven Popkes Fantasy and Science Ficton 704 : The Ladies in Waiting - Albert E. Cowdrey Fantasy and Science Ficton 704 : If the Stars Reverse Their Courses If the Rivers Run Back from the Sea - Alter S. Reiss Fantasy and Science Ficton 704 : Waiting for a Me like You - Chris Willrich Great Ship portage hurts and makes you quite hungry. 4 out of 5 Seastead show, Signs Wobbly. 3.5 out of 5 Not a gorilla formula. 3.5 out of 5 Travelling Maiden. 3 out of 5 Travelling Maiden. 3.5 out of 5 Hi, your old desktop says consider prison. 3.5 out of 5 Borrowing genes. 3.5 out of 5 Haunt buried. 3 out of 5 Dead hand self. 3 out of 5 Need another Bob, Boss, as you know. 3.5 out of 5 4 out of 5

Waiting For A Me Like You - Chris Willrich

Need another Bob, Boss, as you know. 3.5 out of 5

If The Stars Reverse Their Courses If The Rivers Run Back From The Sea - Alter S. Reiss

Dead hand self. 3 out of 5

The Ladies In Waiting - Albert E. Cowdrey

Haunt buried. 3 out of 5

Breathe - Steven Popkes

Borrowing genes. 3.5 out of 5

Application - Lewis Shiner

Hi, your old desktop says consider prison. 3.5 out of 5

Claim Blame - Alan Dean Foster

Test those gnomes. They might be leprechauns. 3.5 out of 5

Heaventide - K. J. Kabza

Travelling Maiden. 3 out of 5

The Problem of the Elusive Cracksman - Ron Goulart

Not a gorilla formula. 3.5 out of 5

High Stakes - Naomi Kritzer

Seastead show, Signs Wobbly. 3.5 out of 5

Katabasis - Robert Reed

Great Ship portage hurts and makes you quite hungry. 4 out of 5

Fantasy and Science Fiction 703 - Gordon Van Gelder

An ordinary issue. Fantasy and Science Ficton 703 : Close Encounters - Andy Duncan Fantasy and Science Ficton 703 : The Sheriff - Chet Arthur Fantasy and Science Ficton 703 : 12:03 P.M. - Richard A. Lupoff Fantasy and Science Ficton 703 : The Goddess - Albert E. Cowdrey Fantasy and Science Ficton 703 : Arc - Ken Liu Fantasy and Science Ficton 703 : Troll Blood - Peter Dickinson Fantasy and Science Ficton 703 : Father Juniper's Journey To the North - Grania Davis Fantasy and Science Ficton 703 : Give Up - Richard Butner Fantasy and Science Ficton 703 : A Diary from Deimos - Michael Alexander Fantasy and Science Ficton 703 : Where the Summer Dwells - Lynda E. Rucker Fantasy and Science Ficton 703 : Theobroma Valentine - Rand B. Lee Dog, too. 2.5 out of 5 Horse sense. 2.5 out of 5 Just an hour, but a bit different. 3 out of 5 Ganesh waving art. 3 out of 5 BodyWerks rich. 3 out of 5 Gelfunsaga scorch. 3 out of 5 Few coyote tricks. 3 out of 5 Khambu Icefall simulation. 3 out of 5 Mars Intelligence emancipation. 3.5 out of 5 Trestle away. 2.5 out of 5 Chocolate planet psych. 3.5 out of 5 2 out of 5

Theobroma Valentine - Rand B. Lee

Chocolate planet psych. 3.5 out of 5

Where the Summer Dwells - Lynda E. Rucker

Trestle away. 2.5 out of 5

A Diary From Deimos - Michael Alexander

Mars Intelligence emancipation. 3.5 out of 5

Give Up - Richard Butner

Khambu Icefall simulation. 3 out of 5

Father Juniper's Journey To The North - Grania davis

Few coyote tricks. 3 out of 5

Troll Blood - Peter Dickinson

Gelfunsaga scorch. 3 out of 5

Arc - Ken Liu

BodyWerks rich. 3 out of 5

The Goddess - Albert E. Cowdrey

Ganesh waving art. 3 out of 5

12:03 PM - Richard A. Lupoff

Just an hour, but a bit different. 3 out of 5

The Sheriff - Chet Arthur

Horse sense. 2.5 out of 5

Close Encounters - Andy Duncan

Dog, too. 2.5 out of 5

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Asimov's 443 - Sheila Williams

A fine quality issue, the clever standout tale is by McDonald. Asimov's 443 : Sudden Broken and Unexpected - Steven Popkes Asimov's 443 : The Waves - Ken Liu Asimov's 443 : The Caramel Forest - Chris Beckett Asimov's 443 : The Wizard of West 34th Street - Mike Resnick Asimov's 443 : The Black Feminist's Guide to Science Fiction Film Editing - Sandra McDonald Asimov's 443 : The Pipes of Pan - Robert Reed Dot performance engine deal. 3.5 out of 5 Immortality space exploration. 3.5 out of 5 Space goblins in my brain. 3 out of 5 Dead rules, no betting. 3 out of 5 Doing up the lost print of The Ginger Star. 4 out of 5 Chimp tipping point battle. 3.5 out of 5 4 out of 5

The Pipes of Pan - Robert Reed

Chimp tipping point battle. 3.5 out of 5

The Black Feminist's Guide To Science Fiction Film Editing - Sandra McDonald

Doing up the lost print of The Ginger Star. 4 out of 5

The Wizard Of West 34th Street - Mike Resnick

Dead rules, no betting. 3 out of 5

The Caramel Forest - Chris Beckett

Space goblins in my brain. 3 out of 5

The Waves - Ken Liu

Immortality space exploration. 3.5 out of 5

Sudden Broken and Unexpected - Steven Popkes

Dot performance engine deal. 3.5 out of 5

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Asimov's 441-442 - Steven Utley

A very good lissue with a standout by Smale. Asimov's 441-442 : The Mongolian Book Of The Dead - Alan Smale Asimov's 441-442 : The Stars Do Not Lie - Jay Lake Asimov's 441-442 : The Second Engineer - Gray Rinehart Asimov's 441-442 : The Ghost Factory - Will Ludwigsen Asimov's 441-442 : Antarctica Starts Here - Paul Mcauley Asimov's 441-442 : Results Guaranteed - Kit Reed Asimov's 441-442 : Lion Dance - Vylar Kaftan Asimov's 441-442 : This Hologram World - Eugene Mirabelli Asimov's 441-442 : A Handsome Fellow - Ekaterina Sedia Asimov's 441-442 : Chromatophores - John Alfred Taylor Asimov's 441-442 : Shattering - Steven Utley Shaman sister's student shanghai Khan summoning Chinese invasion overthrow. 4 out of 5 Shaman sister's student shanghai Khan summoning Chinese invasion overthrow. 3.5 out of 5 Ship sings to me have to stop something on this trip. 3.5 out of 5 Closure fading. 3.5 out of 5 Avatar attack. 3.5 out of 5 Kid fix. 2.5 out of 5 Pandemic mask. 3.5 out of 5 Could be, anyway. 3 out of 5 Upyr eating. 3.5 out of 5 Quad minus one it killed. 3.5 out of 5 Ship void monster problem. 3.5 out of 5 4 out of 5

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Results Guaranteed - Kit Reed

Kid fix. 2.5 out of 5

Antarctica Starts Here - Paul J. McAuley

Avatar attack. 3.5 out of 5

The Ghost Factory - Will Ludwigsen

Closure fading. 3.5 out of 5

The Second Engineer - Gray Rinehart

Ship sings to me have to stop something on this trip. 3.5 out of 5

The Stars Do Not Lie - Jay Lake

Increate found us a spaceship. 3.5 out of 5

The Mongolian Book of the Dead - Alan Smale

Shaman sister's student shanghai Khan summoning Chinese invasion overthrow. 4 out of 4

Asimov's 440 - Sheila Williams

A decent enough issue with one standout being the very pleasant surprise of a new Great Ship story. Asimov's 440 : Unearthed - William Preston Asimov's 440 : Mating Habits Of The Late Cretaceous - Dale Bailey Asimov's 440 : Noumenon - Robert Reed Asimov's 440 : Star Soup - Chris Willrich Asimov's 440 : The Last Islander - Matthew Johnson Asimov's 440 : Adware - Suzanne Palmer Little Boss detection. 3 out of 5 Dino marriage. 3 out of 5 Mere ultimate hyperfiber woman universe end escape. 4 out of 5 Ship visit descendant, no Sam. 3 out of 5 Drowned history recording. 3.5 out of 5 Kid caught an ad, you did too. 3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5

Adware - Suzanne Palmer

Kid caught an ad, you did too. 3.5 out of 5

The Last Islander - Matthew Johnson

Drowned history recording. 3.5 out of 5

Star Soup - Chris Willrich

Ship visit descendant, no Sam. 3 out of 5

Noumenon - Robert Reed

Mere ultimate hyperfiber woman universe end escape. 4 out of 5

Mating Habits Of The Late Cretaceous - Dale Bailey

Dino marriage. 3 out of 5

Unearthed - William Preston

Little Boss detection. 3 out of 5

Fixation - Sommer Marsden

On rellos front pants. 3.5 out of 5

Scary Monsters - Liz J. Andersen

Dragon planet dentist, not euthaniser. 3.5 out of 5

Cats Know - Richard A. Lovett

Holovert, no fossils. 3 out of 5

Garden Spot - Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

Gecko lawn off. 3.5 out of 5

The Perfect Book - Ken Liu

Personalised. 2.5 out of 5

Hearing Impairment - Stephen L. Burns

Alien moon trips for dumb politicians. 3.5 out of 5

Silent Mode - Paul Carson

For jhr and some robot friends. 3.5 out of 5

From An Antique Land - Shane Tourtellotte

Crash times regain. 3 out of 5

The Moon Belongs To Everyone - Michael Alexander and K. C. Ball

Getting rid of Leatherman killers and adding union to moonshine. With a sheriff. 3.5 out of 5

Survival In Shades Of Orange - Patty Jansen

Wormsign, definitely. Hairy, too. 3.5 out of 5

Tech Support - Richard A. Lovett

Future phone geomagnetic whack. 3 out of 5

Pictures At An Exhibition - Robert R. Chase

Canadian warming trip, with Bigfoot. 3.5 out of 5

Siege Perilous - Daniel Hatch

Cog technology fix castle warship defense surrender. 3.5 out of 5

The Information In A Dream - Sarah K. Castle

Deep Freeze many worlds computer op, with dogs. 3.5 out of 5

Strobe Effect - Brad R. Torgesen and Alastair Mayer

Faster than light one. 3 out of 5

Seagulls Jack-o-lanterns And Interstitial Spaces - Gray Rinehart

Duct tape, children or midgets. 3 out of 5

The Ghost Village - Peter Straub

Dead boy revenge. 3 out of 5

The Old School - Ramsey Campbell

Bit of hide and seek, teach. 3 out of 5

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Analog 973 - Stanley Schmidt

A very good consistent issue. Analog 973 : The Liars - Juliette Wade Analog 973 : Nahiku West - Linda Nagata Analog 973 : The Journeyman:On The Short-Grass Prairie - Michael F. Flynn Analog 973 : Short Stories Ambidextrose - Jay Werkheiser Analog 973 : Deer In The Garden - Michael Alexander Analog 973 : Reboots And Saddles - Carl Frederick Analog 973 : Nothing But Vacuum - Edward Mcdermott Analog 973 : The End In Eden - Steven Utley Op go. 3.5 out of 5 A thing for quirks. 3.5 out of 5 Commonwealth shuttle, stupid plainsman. 3.5 out of 5 Right-handed sugar wreck. 3.5 out of 5 Predictably wolflike. 3 out of 5 Need an advanced rider key. 3.5 out of 5 NCIS: Paleozoic. 3.5 out of 5 4 out of 5

The End In Eden - Steven Utley

NCIS: Paleozoic. 3.5 out of 5

Nothing But Vacuum - Edward McDermott

One legged tube signal. 3 out of 5

Gingerbread - S. P. Somtow

Witchy ho serial kill. 3 out of 5

Reboots and Saddles - Carl Frederick

Need an advanced rider key. 3.5 out of 5

Deer In the Garden - Michael Alexander

Predictably wolflike. 3 out of 5

Ambidexrose - Jay Werkheister

Right-handed sugar wreck. 3.5 out of 5

The Journeyman:on The Short-grass Prairie - Michael F. Flynn

Commonwealth shuttle, stupid plainsman. 3.5 out of 5

The Liars - Juliette Wade

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Dirty Coppers - Richard Chizmar and Ed Gorman

Dead Mulligan. 3.5 out of 5

Clara - Selena Kitt

Yes, I do like the old guy Mr Goat. 3.5 out of 5

Stocking Up - Sommer Marsden

A pretty reasonable short anthology. Stocking Up : Fishnet Frenzy - Sophia Valenti Stocking Up : Old-Fashioned - Sommer Marsden Stocking Up : Not for Sale - Alison Tyler Both ways. 3 out of 5 Hungry h story. 3.5 out of 5 Valentine wilful. 3 out of 5 3.5 out of 5

Not For Sale - Alison Tyler

Valentine wilful. 3 out of 5

Old-Fashioned - Sommer Marsden

Hungry h story. 3.5 out of 5

Skirting the Issue - Sommer Marsden

A good short anthology. Skirting the Issue : I've Got a New Girl Now - Sommer Marsden Skirting the Issue : A Lesson in Lust - Sophia Valenti Skirting the Issue : Want - Alison Tyler Parker discipline, man. 3 out of 5 Like the bad. 3.5 out of 5 Lia is bad. 3.5 out of 5 4 out of 5

Want - Alison Tyler

Lia is bad. 3.5 out of 5

I've Got A New Girl Now - Sommer Marsden

Parker discipline, man. 3 out of 5

Cubed - Alison Tyler

Not the mathematics pretty boy. 3 out of 5

Looking For David - Lawrence Block

Chopping off the non bits. 3 out of 5

I Can Stuff Your Stocking - Sommer Marsden

Santa ex. 3 out of 5

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Accosting Santa - Sommer Marsden

Polite for tackle. 3 out of 5

Pray For Rain - Sommer Marsden

Mr Clean inside husband break. 3.5 out of 5

Wickedly Built - Sommer Marasden

But not serene. 3 out of 5

More - Sommer Marsden

An excellent two story collection. More : Julienne - Sommer Marsden More : Putting Kitty In Her Place - Sommer Marsden Slicing extra. 3.5 out of 5 Throwing out my clothes isn't nice, but this is. 3.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5

Putting Kitty In Her Place - Sommer Marsden

Throwing out my clothes isn't nice, but this is. 3.5 out of 5

Julienne - Sommer Marsden

Slicing extra. 3.5 out of 5

Making Me Do Things - Sommer Marsden

Not the Ferris Wheel? 3.5 out of 5

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Lightning Rod - Sommer Marsden

Not actually shocking, this. 3 out of 5

Justine - Sommer Marsden

Weight loss orders. 3.5 out of 5

Old Wives' Tale - Sommer Marsden

Not a furry costume. 3 out of 5

Hot Child In the City - Sommer Marsden

Fake lime, no braiding. 3.5 out of 5

Strawberry - Sommer Marsden

Alley aggression. 3.5 out of 5

Good With His Hands - Sommer Marsden

Rear ok apparently. 3 out of 5

On the Sly - Sommer Marsden

No showering, for insurance reasons. 4 out of 5

Before Sleep Dies - Sommer Marsden

Sir count. 3 out of 5

Fire Woman - Sommer Marsden

Black light instructions. 3.5 out of 5

Disco Queen - Sommer Marsden

Bee Gees notes. 3 out of 5

Is He Watching? - Sommer Marsden

Neighbour display repeat. 3.5 out of 5

Primping - Sommer Marsden

18 checkout with extra, maybe coffee. 3.5 out of 5

Janelle's Way - Sommer Marsden

Big boozy Alabama Slammer. 3.5 out of 5

Working It Out - Teri Trojan

A masked wrestling fetish novel. 3 out of 5

Croc and the Fox - Eve Langlais

A very tongue in cheek sfnal shapeshifter shenanigans story. Rescues and tails and bad jokes all over the place. "“This is FUC headquarters.” “A sex place?” She said it on a squeak. “No,” he hastened to correct. “FUC as in the Furry United Coalition. We are a group of shifters working to aid our kind against crime as well as discovery by the humans.” “Everyone here can shift?” she asked, glancing up at him with round eyes. “Every single one.” “But there’s so many.” She took a sniff. “And the flavors… I never knew so many kinds existed. How marvelous you all work together.” “This is just a fraction of our population. There are shifter communities all around the world, as well as FUC offices. We’ve integrated so well with society, we even work and live among the humans.” “They don’t know our secret?” “The humans? No. Although, some do suspect. Most though, treat the possibility of our existence as a joke.”" 3 out of 5

Lucky 13 - Sommer Marsden

A very good and consistent collection. Lucky 13 : Pause - Sommer Marsden Lucky 13 : Underpass - Sommer Marsden Lucky 13 : Confessions of a Sexpert #1: Sally Mae - Sommer Marsden Lucky 13 : Masturbation 101 - Sommer Marsden Lucky 13 : Open All Night:Claire - Sommer Marsden Lucky 13 : Confessions of a Sexpert #2: Mr. Winkler - Sommer Marsden Lucky 13 : Fresh Meat - Sommer Marsden Lucky 13 : Mrs Polenesi - Sommer Marsden Lucky 13 : She Looked Good In Ribbons - Sommer Marsden Lucky 13 : Paper or Plastic? - Sommer Marsden Lucky 13 : Kissing Me Sexy - Sommer Marsden Lucky 13 : Beautiful Rita - Sommer Marsden Lucky 13 : For Tonight - Sommer Marsden Loose, with coffee. 3 out of 5 Outfit with a K. 3.5 out of 5 Couple order. 3.5 out of 5 John lesson. 3.5 out of 5 Nice car. 3 out of 5 Order room cross. 3 out of 5 After hours orders. 4 out of 5 No beer, but rest ok. 3 out of 5 Favorite artist. 3.5 out of 5 Shopping help. 3.5 out of 5 Need a right stuff bunny. 3.5 out of 5 Birthday drink. 3.5 out of 5 Tired baby. 3 out of 5 4 out of 5

For Tonight - Sommer Marsden

Tired baby. 3 out of 5

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Beautiful Rita - Sommer Marsden

Birthday drink. 3.5 out of 5

Paper Or Plastic? - Sommer Marsden

Shopping help. 3.5 out of 5

She Looked Good In Ribbons - Sommer Marsden

Favorite artist. 3.5 out of 5

Mrs Polenesi - Sommer Marsden

No beer, but rest ok. 3 out of 5

Fresh Meat - Sommer Marsden

After hours orders. 4 out of 5

Open All Night:Claire - Sommer Marsden

Nice car. 3 out of 5

Underpass - Sommer Marsden

Outfit with a K. 3.5 out of 5

Pause - Sommer Marsden

Loose, with coffee. 3 out of 5

To Lola With Love - Alison Tyler

Bit affair. 3 out of 5

Apron Strings - Sommer Marsden

Control monster. 3.5 out of 5

To the Point - Rita Winchester

Bite night. 3.5 out of 5

Just Be You - Dean Isbell

With a taste. 3 out of 5

Square Loophole - Craig J. Sorensen

Night peel. 3.5 out of 5

Pay For It - Benjamin Elliot

Floor currency. 3 out of 5

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Renewable Resources - James Drew Dyer

Stuff pressure. 3 out of 5

Clothes Make the Man - Emilie Paris

To hand. 3.5 out of 5

Drinking Her Under the Table - Jeremy Edwards

Top think. 3.5 out of 5

First Lady - P. S. Haven

That pink one, Chief. 3 out of 5

Blackout - Alison Tyler

No Gortex orders. 3 out of 5

Lunatic Fringe - Sommer Marsden

What is worse than zombies? Zombies that get nastier as time passes. Especially when they interrupt birthday groupings. Vaccines would be useful. 3 out of 5

Pretty In Pink - Sommer Marsden

Don't assume about the new neighbour who manages to help you with stuff falling down at xmas time. Might be good for more than roofing. 3.5 out of 5

No Guilt - Sommer Marsden

Survivor guilt in zombieland, check. So, take what family you can get, even if it surprises you. Also get rid of creepy looping zombies. 3 out of 5

We Kill Dead Things - Sommer Marsden

Clean zombies out of a hospital, maybe kill some evil cultists. Get sweaty. Watch. The usual. 3 out of 5

The Anniversary Party - Sommer Marsden

Where it is discovered that the ex has aged well. So ex-ex, relatively speaking. 3.5 out of 5

Sensitive - Sommer Marsden

There's an angel in my lap. Pretty much everywhere else, too. 3.5 out of 5

Alexander Outland: Space Pirate - G. J. Koch

A deliberately retro and tongue in cheek romp, complete with subversive secret space princesses, robots, wizened crimelords, telepathic spies and intelligent tanks as a dodgy captain and pilot and crew get in the shit in all senses of the word. Somewhat Resnickian, if you like. A fun book. 3.5 out of 5

Nightcap - Elizabeth Cage

Table owner. 3 out of 5

The Ex Factor - Sophia Valenti

A keeper for a pair. 3.5 out of 5

Friday, December 14, 2012

Lightspeed Magazine 30 - John Joseph Adams

A so-so issue with one standout from Buckell. Lightspeed 30 : West - Orson Scott Card Lightspeed 30 : The Inexplicables - Cherie Priest Lightspeed 30 : Searching for Slave Leia - Sandra McDonald Lightspeed 30 : Ace 167 - Eleanor Arnason Lightspeed 30 : A Well-Adjusted Man - Tom Crosshill Lightspeed 30 : A Game of Rats and Dragon - Tobias S. Buckell Lightspeed 30 : As the Wheel Turns - Aliette de Bodard Lightspeed 30 : La Alma Perdida de Marguerite Espinoza - Jeremiah Tolbert Lightspeed 30 : A Princess of Spain - Carrie Vaughn Lightspeed 30 : Seven Smiles and Seven Frowns - Richard Bowes Gonna be all dead. 2.5 out of 5 "Rector “Wreck’em” Sherman was delivered to the Sisters of Loving Grace Home for Orphans the week it opened, on February 9, 1864. His precise age was undetermined, but estimated at approximately two years. He was filthy, hungry, and shoeless, wearing nothing on his feet except a pair of wool socks someone, somewhere, had lovingly knitted for him before the city went to hell. Whether she had been mother or nursemaid, governess or grandmother, no one knew and no one ever learned; but his vivid red hair, pearl white skin, and early suggestions of freckles implied rather strongly that he was no relation to the Duwamish woman who brought him to the shelter. She’d carried him there, along with another child who did not survive the month. Her own name was lost to history, or it was lost to incomplete records only sometimes kept in the wake of the Boneshaker catastrophe. The little boy who lived, the one with hair the color of freshly cut carrots, was handed over to a nun with eyes too sad for someone so young and a habit too large for someone so small. The native woman who toted Rector told her only his name, and that “There is no one left to love him. I do not know this other boy, or what he is called. I found him in the bricks.”" 2 out of 5 Edge of Infinity survival. 3 out of 5 Gillie job. 3.5 out of 5 Monster shoot overwrite. 3.5 out of 5 I prefer my program pet-colleague, thanks. 4 out of 5 Life remember again. 3.5 out of 5 Soul finances. 3.5 out of 5 Henry VIII saves his brother via spear-as-stake. 3 out of 5 Tale apprentice. 2.5 out of 5 3 out of 5

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Inexplicables 1 - Cherie Priest

"Rector “Wreck’em” Sherman was delivered to the Sisters of Loving Grace Home for Orphans the week it opened, on February 9, 1864. His precise age was undetermined, but estimated at approximately two years. He was filthy, hungry, and shoeless, wearing nothing on his feet except a pair of wool socks someone, somewhere, had lovingly knitted for him before the city went to hell. Whether she had been mother or nursemaid, governess or grandmother, no one knew and no one ever learned; but his vivid red hair, pearl white skin, and early suggestions of freckles implied rather strongly that he was no relation to the Duwamish woman who brought him to the shelter. She’d carried him there, along with another child who did not survive the month. Her own name was lost to history, or it was lost to incomplete records only sometimes kept in the wake of the Boneshaker catastrophe. The little boy who lived, the one with hair the color of freshly cut carrots, was handed over to a nun with eyes too sad for someone so young and a habit too large for someone so small. The native woman who toted Rector told her only his name, and that “There is no one left to love him. I do not know this other boy, or what he is called. I found him in the bricks.”" 2 out of 5

West - Orson Scott Card

Gonna be all dead. 2.5 out of 5

Lightspeed Magazine 29 - John Joseph Adams

Just an average issue. Lightspeed 29 : Blackwood - Gwenda Bond Lightspeed 29 : Dragonfly - Ursula K. Le Guin Lightspeed 29 : Flowing Unimpeded to the Enlightenment - Robert Reed Lightspeed 29 : Nearly Departed - Pat Cadigan Lightspeed 29 : Art of War - Nancy Kress Lightspeed 29 : Bear and Shifty - Benjamin Parzybok Lightspeed 29 : The Black Bird - David Barr Kirtley Lightspeed 29 : Spindles - L.B. Gale Lightspeed 29 : Beyond the Reach of His Gods - Brian Ruckley Lightspeed 29 : The Suicide's Guide to the Absinthe of Perdition - Megan Arkenberg "The first time Miranda Blackwood checked the back of her closet for a portal to another world she was eleven. That was the year her mother died. After the closet, she tried other places. She wandered small patches of woods, seeking doors hidden in twisted trees, and peered into mirrors, searching for reflections that weren’t her own. But Miranda grew up. She no longer hoped to step over a secret threshold and leave Roanoke Island behind forever. Instead, she grabbed whatever escapes were in reach, no matter what they were. No matter that she stayed right here." 2.5 out of 5 Archmage political conflict. 3 out of 5 A few aliens. 3 out of 5 Deadpan Allie not so much for pathosfinding the actual dead. 3.5 out of 5 Strange attractor society. 4 out of 5 Dual consciousness rescue with bean panto. 3.5 out of 5 Statue strangeness all the way down, evermore. 3.5 out of 5 Lots of missing. 2.5 out of 5 Wolfrun end. 3.5 out of 5 3 out of 5

Blackwood 1 - Gwenda Bond

"The first time Miranda Blackwood checked the back of her closet for a portal to another world she was eleven. That was the year her mother died. After the closet, she tried other places. She wandered small patches of woods, seeking doors hidden in twisted trees, and peered into mirrors, searching for reflections that weren’t her own. But Miranda grew up. She no longer hoped to step over a secret threshold and leave Roanoke Island behind forever. Instead, she grabbed whatever escapes were in reach, no matter what they were. No matter that she stayed right here." 2.5 out of 5

Lightspeed Magazine 28 - John Joseph Adams

A very good issue here. The Green Leopard Plague is a brilliant story. Lightspeed 28 : The Green Leopard Plague - Walter Jon Williams Lightspeed 28 : The Eternal Flame Excerpt - Greg Egan Lightspeed 28 : My Wife Hates Time Travel - Adam-Troy Castro Lightspeed 28 : The Streets of Ashkelon - Harry Harrison Lightspeed 28 : Boojum - Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette Lightspeed 28 : Sun Dogs - Brooke Bolander Lightspeed 28 : The Last Supper - Scott Edelman Lightspeed 28 : The Seven Samovars - Peter Sursi Lightspeed 28 : Heartless - Holly Black Lightspeed 28 : Monster Finder Shifter - Nina Kiriki Hoffman Plant people economic overthrow research romance revenge. 5 out of 5 "Straining against the harness that held her to the observation bench, Tamara cranked the azimuth wheel of the telescope mount. Each laborious turn of the handle beside her nudged the huge contraption by just one arc-chime, and though she still had strength to spare there was nothing to be gained from it: a governor limited the speed of rotation to prevent excessive torques that might damage the gears. The soft, steady clicking of the wheel, usually a reassuring, meditative sound, drove home the machine’s serene indifference to her impatience. When the telescope was finally pointed in the direction of her last sighting of the Object, she lay flat on the bench and wriggled into place beneath the eyepiece. As she brought the image into focus she was granted as glorious a vision as she could have hoped for: there was nothing to be seen here but the usual mundane star trails. The trails were exactly as Tamara remembered them, so she knew that she hadn’t mis-set the coordinates. Twice now, the Object had escaped the field of view that had framed it just one day earlier. Such elusiveness proved that it was crossing the sky faster than anything she’d seen before. Tamara turned the secondary azimuth wheel until she was rewarded with a small gray smudge of light at the top of the field, then she adjusted the altitude to center it. To the limits of the telescope’s resolving power, the Object was simply a point. Nothing in the cosmos was close enough to the Peerless to reveal its width, but even those orthogonal stars that had remained fixed in the sky for three generations showed color trails at this magnification. To possess a point-like image the Object had to be moving slowly—but the only way a slow-moving body could cross the sky as rapidly as this was by virtue of its proximity." 4 out of 5 Other selves advice. 3 out of 5 Native superstition addition. 4.5 out of 5 Brain pirates of space. 3.5 out of 5 New pack for Laika. 3.5 out of 5 An alien. 3.5 out of 5 Fifth one is nasty. 3 out of 5 I want. 3.5 out of 5 Wronghead oversupply. 3 out of 5 4 out of 5

The Eternal Flame 1-2 - Greg Egan

"Straining against the harness that held her to the observation bench, Tamara cranked the azimuth wheel of the telescope mount. Each laborious turn of the handle beside her nudged the huge contraption by just one arc-chime, and though she still had strength to spare there was nothing to be gained from it: a governor limited the speed of rotation to prevent excessive torques that might damage the gears. The soft, steady clicking of the wheel, usually a reassuring, meditative sound, drove home the machine’s serene indifference to her impatience. When the telescope was finally pointed in the direction of her last sighting of the Object, she lay flat on the bench and wriggled into place beneath the eyepiece. As she brought the image into focus she was granted as glorious a vision as she could have hoped for: there was nothing to be seen here but the usual mundane star trails. The trails were exactly as Tamara remembered them, so she knew that she hadn’t mis-set the coordinates. Twice now, the Object had escaped the field of view that had framed it just one day earlier. Such elusiveness proved that it was crossing the sky faster than anything she’d seen before. Tamara turned the secondary azimuth wheel until she was rewarded with a small gray smudge of light at the top of the field, then she adjusted the altitude to center it. To the limits of the telescope’s resolving power, the Object was simply a point. Nothing in the cosmos was close enough to the Peerless to reveal its width, but even those orthogonal stars that had remained fixed in the sky for three generations showed color trails at this magnification. To possess a point-like image the Object had to be moving slowly—but the only way a slow-moving body could cross the sky as rapidly as this was by virtue of its proximity." 4 out of 5

Lightspeed Magazine 27 - John Joseph Adams

A good, solid issue. Lightspeed 27 : A Separate War - Joe Haldeman Lightspeed 27 : Kitty Steals the Show Excerpt - Carrie Vaughn Lightspeed 27 : The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species - Ken Liu Lightspeed 27 : Love Might Be Too Strong a Word - Charlie Jane Anders Lightspeed 27 : Flash Bang Remember - Tina Connolly and Caroline M. Yoachim Lightspeed 27 : Slow Life - Michael Swanwick Lightspeed 27 : The Necromancer in Love - Wil McCarthy Lightspeed 27 : Breaking the Frame - Kat Howard Lightspeed 27 : Cotillion - Delia Sherman Lightspeed 27 : A Moment Before It Struck - Linda Nagata War waiting, bi the way. 4 out of 5 “I was giving the keynote address for the First International Conference on Paranatural Studies. I figured if I didn’t think about it too much I wouldn’t get nervous. “That would be no,” I said, with more of a wince than a smile. Shaun just laughed. Ben and I were the last to leave. We made sure everyone else was safe and happy, keeping it together, before we took one last look around our wild refuge, gave each other another kiss, got in the car, and headed out to the rest of our day. There it was. Full moon over for another month. We traveled back to reality, such as it was. A few days later found me deeply embroiled in the act of making my living. I was trying to do meaty on the show tonight. Meaty was good. And not just rare steaks or fresh kill for the Wolf. Meat—real topical substance—gave me credibility. Sometimes, it even gave me answers.” 3 out of 5 Alien writing. 2.5 out of 5 Be Dot, with bog oysters, preferably fried. 3.5 out of 5 Girl 23 plant killer. 3.5 out of 5 Flying first contact breakdown breakthrough confession comeback. 4 out of 5 Revivalist profile. 4 out of 5 Tree model. 2.5 out of 5 Hell boy tithe grapple rescue. 3 out of 5 Smoke the Dread Hammer. 3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Kitty Steals the Show 1 - Carrie Vaughn

"I was giving the keynote address for the First International Conference on Paranatural Studies. I figured if I didn’t think about it too much I wouldn’t get nervous. “That would be no,” I said, with more of a wince than a smile. Shaun just laughed. Ben and I were the last to leave. We made sure everyone else was safe and happy, keeping it together, before we took one last look around our wild refuge, gave each other another kiss, got in the car, and headed out to the rest of our day. There it was. Full moon over for another month. We traveled back to reality, such as it was. A few days later found me deeply embroiled in the act of making my living. I was trying to do meaty on the show tonight. Meaty was good. And not just rare steaks or fresh kill for the Wolf. Meat—real topical substance—gave me credibility. Sometimes, it even gave me answers." 3 out of 5

Lightspeed Magazine 26 - John Joseph Adams

kennel like at an animal shelter, a rectangle of white linoleum bordered by black chain-link. Across the room was another set of kennels stacked two rows high. In the centre aisle sat an empty cage, shaped more like a cube. Its floor was black." 4.5 out of 5 "So Captain turns to us and he says, “Do we die slow or just take a walk out the airlock? My money’s on the airlock.” Seriously. That’s what he says and he’s totally calm about it. He fixes us with that steely look and drinks his coffee. Because Captain is just that cool and that’s how life was on the tinker ships after the Spacer War, right? In the history archives, they optimistically call them merchant ships and say we carried trade goods between the orbital colonies above Earth. But it’s a tiny bucket of bolts held together by duct tape and prayer, so everybody calls them tinker ships. We were a bit like Tinkers, sailing around swapping this and that for this and that, but really the name was a rip-off of Tinker Toys. You know those old wooden toys? The ones that were so popular with kids growing up in orbital colonies? I guess because they were one of the few default toys, the ones all the manuvats had plans for. This time I’m thinking about was almost two years after the Spacer War. Our ship was cobbled together from war wrecks and crewed mostly by soldiers too broke to go home. Most didn’t have homes to go to anymore. Damn dirt-loving Earthers. The Spacer War was just so devastating. Not that the Earthers got out of it looking so pretty. It was a long time before they recovered too. But we got our independence so now we can enjoy all the poverty and anarchy that entails." 4 out of 5 Antifuse and bits. 2.5 out of 5 Immortality maintenance. 3.5 out of 5 Dancing monkey Fiend trap. 3.5 out of 5 Altruism virus messiah. 4 out of 5 Swordwrite ghost colour. 4 out of 5 Khan Alph the weather here, mum! 3 out of 5 Mouse is a better one. 3.5 out of 5 A bit much mouth rabbit. 3 out of 5 4.5 out of 5

Spin the Sky 1 - Kathy Stauber

"So Captain turns to us and he says, “Do we die slow or just take a walk out the airlock? My money’s on the airlock.” Seriously. That’s what he says and he’s totally calm about it. He fixes us with that steely look and drinks his coffee. Because Captain is just that cool and that’s how life was on the tinker ships after the Spacer War, right? In the history archives, they optimistically call them merchant ships and say we carried trade goods between the orbital colonies above Earth. But it’s a tiny bucket of bolts held together by duct tape and prayer, so everybody calls them tinker ships. We were a bit like Tinkers, sailing around swapping this and that for this and that, but really the name was a rip-off of Tinker Toys. You know those old wooden toys? The ones that were so popular with kids growing up in orbital colonies? I guess because they were one of the few default toys, the ones all the manuvats had plans for. This time I’m thinking about was almost two years after the Spacer War. Our ship was cobbled together from war wrecks and crewed mostly by soldiers too broke to go home. Most didn’t have homes to go to anymore. Damn dirt-loving Earthers. The Spacer War was just so devastating. Not that the Earthers got out of it looking so pretty. It was a long time before they recovered too. But we got our independence so now we can enjoy all the poverty and anarchy that entails." 4 out of 5

vN 1 - Madeline Ashby

"Amy woke on the floor of a cage that hummed. She tried moving her legs and kicked the fencing nearest her feet, igniting a spark that jolted up from her toes to her teeth and left her so rigid even her eyes couldn’t move. She hated being more conductive than organic people. “Careful,” someone said from outside the cage. “It’s rigged.” The man wore a blue uniform and held a scroll-style reader between the thumb and first finger of each hand. Its anonymous blue glow made his expression hard to read. He looked organic; she could see his pores and the patchiness of his hair. Other clades had advanced plugins for differentiating humans. They used thermoptics or gait recognition or pheromone detection. Amy just looked for the ugly parts. “Where am I?” He didn’t even bother putting down the scroll. “You’re being detained.” Amy tried moving again. She had to do so carefully; her limbs were grown-up limbs now, and they were much longer and clumsier than the ones she remembered. Finally she sat with her knees to her chest and looked around. She sat in a kennel like at an animal shelter, a rectangle of white linoleum bordered by black chain-link. Across the room was another set of kennels stacked two rows high. In the centre aisle sat an empty cage, shaped more like a cube. Its floor was black." 4.5 out of 5

Taking Care of Business - Sommer Marsden

An ok short short short story collection. Taking Care of Business : A Genuine Motherfucker - Sommer Marsden Taking Care of Business : How He Likes Me - Sommer Marsden Taking Care of Business : More Holes Than Jeans - Sommer Marsden Taking Care of Business : Taking Care of Business - Sommer Marsden Trigger in. 3.5 out of 5 Black white double. 3 out of 5 Not too much inspection. 3 out of 5 Personal small minded. 3 out of 5 3 out of 5

Buckle Down - Sommer Marsden

Solid short short short story collection. Buckle Down : Buckle Down - Sommer Marsden Buckle Down : Still Life - Sommer Marsden Buckle Down : Paradox - Sommer Marsden Buckle Down : Barber Shop Girl - Sommer Marsden Rewarding. 3 out of 5 Real girl pose. 3 out of 5 Roman whip. 3.5 out of 5 Story prompting. 3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5

Sommer Lovin' - Sommer Marsden

A good anthology of short short stories. Sommer Lovin' : Buckle Down - Sommer Marsden Sommer Lovin' : Still Life - Sommer Marsden Sommer Lovin' : Paradox - Sommer Marsden Sommer Lovin' : Barber Shop Girl - Sommer Marsden Sommer Lovin' : A Genuine Motherfucker - Sommer Marsden Sommer Lovin' : How He Likes Me - Sommer Marsden Sommer Lovin' : More Holes Than Jeans - Sommer Marsden Sommer Lovin' : Taking Care of Business - Sommer Marsden Rewarding. 3 out of 5 Real girl pose. 3 out of 5 Roman whip. 3.5 out of 5 Story prompting. 3.5 out of 5 Trigger in. 3.5 out of 5 Black white double. 3 out of 5 Not too much inspection. 3 out of 5 Personal small minded. 3 out of 5 3.5 out of 5

The Sword and Sorcery Anthology - David G. Hartwell and Jacob Weisman

A solid collection of sword and sorcery stories. Let down mainly by the selection of writers like Wolfe, Ford and Swanwick who are completely unlikely to ever produce a good story of this type. Sword and Sorcery Anthology : The Tower of the Elephant - Robert E. Howard Sword and Sorcery Anthology : Black God's Kiss - C. L. Moore Sword and Sorcery Anthology : The Unholy Grail - Fritz Leiber Sword and Sorcery Anthology : The Tale of Hauk - Poul Anderson Sword and Sorcery Anthology : The Caravan of Forgotten Dreams - Michael Moorcock Sword and Sorcery Anthology : The Adventuress - Joanna Russ Sword and Sorcery Anthology : Gimmile's Song - Charles R. Saunders Sword and Sorcery Anthology : Undertow - Karl Edward Wagner Sword and Sorcery Anthology : The Stages of the God - Ramsey Campbell (writing as Montgomery Comfort) Sword and Sorcery Anthology : The Barrow Troll - David Drake Sword and Sorcery Anthology : Soldier of an Empire Unacquainted with Defeat - Glen Cook Sword and Sorcery Anthology : Epistle from Lebanoi - Michael Shea Sword and Sorcery Anthology : Become a Warrior - Jane Yolen Sword and Sorcery Anthology : The Red Guild - Rachel Pollack Sword and Sorcery Anthology : Six from Atlantis - Gene Wolfe Sword and Sorcery Anthology : The Sea Troll's Daughter - Caitlín R. Kiernan Sword and Sorcery Anthology : The Coral Heart - Jeffrey Ford Sword and Sorcery Anthology : Path of the Dragon - George R. R. Martin Sword and Sorcery Anthology : The Year of the Three Monarchs - Michael Swanwick Conan is in thieving mode here. In a tavern, he is asking the assembled crowd of nogoodniks why no-one has stolen a famous jewel from this tower. They tell him because it is guarded by some very nasty things. He, of course, investigates, and meets a master thief attempting the same thing. Humans, animals, a giant spider and a wizard are to be encountered, not to mention an alien. 4 out of 5 An escape from a captor leads Jirel basically into a Clark Ashton Smith story, and a passionate revenge. 4 out of 5 Murdered Mouse's mentor means Duke's death desired, daughter, however, not so dastardly. 4 out of 5 Zombie skipper dad. 3.5 out of 5 Elric has conflict with another sorcerer and horde, and throw in a big cat and some dragons. 3.5 out of 5 Guiding a girl. With varieties of fishing. 3 out of 5 Dossouye runs into a couple of nogoodniks and introduces them to her war bull. Finds out about the statuette they were after. With the cursed by Legba muso. 3.5 out of 5 You should listen to Kane when he tells you what his woman is like. 3.5 out of 5 Mercenary pursuit shrine. 3 out of 5 Toasted cave gold lust takeover. 4 out of 5 Old soldiers, beware of. 4 out of 5 Nifft the Lean gets literally thrown into a Witch War rerun while spice prospecting. 3.5 out of 5 Kill all the bad husbands. 3.5 out of 5 Assassins. Celibate, angry naturegirls. Demons should avoid. 3.5 out of 5 Kill the ape king, leave the wives. 3 out of 5 Kill dad, no big deal short girls. Want furs? 3 out of 5 Tulpa runthrough. 3 out of 5 Slaver punishment. 3 out of 5 Wherein it is discovered that you cannot be paranoid enough as ruler of a Floating City. 3 out of 5 3.5 out of 5

Taking Care of Business - Sommer Marsden

Personal small minded. 3 out of 5

More Holes Than Jeans - Sommer Marsden

Not too much inspection. 3 out of 5

How He Likes Me - Sommer Marsden

Black white double. 3 out of 5

The Stages of God - Ramsey Campbell

Mercenary pursuit shrine. 3 out of 5

Barber Shop Girl - Sommer Marsden

Story prompting. 3.5 out of 5

Paradox - Sommer Marsden

Roman whip. 3.5 out of 5

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Still Life - Sommer Marsden

Real girl pose. 3 out of 5

The Adventuress - Joanna Russ

Guiding a girl. With varieties of fishing. 3 out of 5

Buckle Down - Sommer Marsden

Rewarding. 3 out of 5

Gimmile's Song - Charles R. Saunders

Dossouye runs into a couple of nogoodniks and introduces them to her war bull. Finds out about the statuette they were after. With the cursed by Legba muso. 3.5 out of 5

Epistle From Lebanoi - Michael Shea

Nifft the Lean gets literally thrown into a Witch War rerun while spice prospecting. 3.5 out of 5

Practice Makes Perfect - Alison Tyler

Colour coded plan ignoring. 3 out of 5

The Red Guild - Rachel Pollack

Assassins. Celibate, angry naturegirls. Demons should avoid. 3.5 out of 5

Not His Type - Alison Tyler

Not Tom, no. 3 out of 5

Become A Warrior - Jane Yolen

Kill all the bad husbands. 3.5 out of 5

The Other Side of the Coin - Sommer Marsden

Make him do it first. 3.5 out of 5

Six From Atlantis - Gene Wolfe

Kill the ape king, leave the wives. 3 out of 5

Executive Training - Sophia Valenti

Office instructions, back. 3 out of 5

The Year of the Three Monarchs - Michael Swanwick

Wherein it is discovered that you cannot be paranoid enough as ruler of a Floating City. 3 out of 5

Taste It - Sommer Marsden

Chef competition and partnership. 3.5 out of 5

My Ending - Sommer Marsden

Fine palliative care. 3.5 out of 5

The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 - 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. Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : The Choice - Paul Mcauley Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : Silently And Very Fast - Catherynne M. Valente Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : The Man Who Bridged The Mist - Kij Johnson Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : The Ants Of Flanders - Robert Reed Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : A Soldier Of The City - David Moles Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : The Invasion Of Venus - Stephen Baxter Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : Laika's Ghost - Karl Schroeder Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : The Beancounter's Cat - Damien Broderick Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : The Vicar Of Mars - Gwyneth Jones Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : Dolly - Elizabeth Bear Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : Martian Heart - John Barnes Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : Ascension Day - Alastair Reynolds Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : The Smell Of Orange Groves - Lavie Tidhar Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : After The Apocalypse - Maureen McHugh Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : A Long Way Home - Jay Lake Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : What We Found - Geoff Ryman Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : The Incredible Exploding Man - Dave Hutchinson Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : The Copenhagen Interpretation - Paul Cornell Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : The Way It Works Out And All - Peter S. Beagle Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : The Dala Horse - Michael Swanwick Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : Earth Hour - Ken MacLeod Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : The Ice Owl - Carolyn Ives Gilman Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : Digital Rites - Jim Hawkins Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : Cody - Pat Cadigan Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : Ghostweight - Yoon Ha Lee Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : A Response From Est17 - Tom Purdom Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : Digging - Ian McDonald Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : A Militant Peace - David Klecha and Tobias S. Buckell Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : For I Have Lain Me Down On The Stone Of Loneliness And I'll Not Be Back Again - Michael Swanwick Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : The Iron Shirts - Michael Flynn Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : The Boneless One - Alec Nevala-Lee Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : Canterbury Hollow - Chris Lawson Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : The Cold Step Beyond - Ian R. MacLeod Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : The Vorkuta Event - Ken MacLeod Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25 : 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

Dying For Love - Sommer Marsden

Lost looks. 3 out of 5

The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 - Gardner Dozois

The best of the Year's Best SF anthologies for this year in a down year, and this one only a 3.44 average as a result. Three excellent stories from Watts, Arnason and Popkes and a greater than usual number of bad. Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : A History of Terraforming - Robert Reed Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : Dead Man's Run - Robert Reed Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : The Spontaneous Knotting of an Agitated String - Lavie Tidhar Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : The Night Train - Lavie Tidhar Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : The Sultan of the Clouds - Geoffrey A. Landis Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : Mammoths of the Great Plains - Eleanor Arnason Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : The Things - Peter Watts Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : Jackie's Boy - Steven Popkes Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : Seven Cities of Gold - David Moles Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : Chicken Little - Cory Doctorow Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : Under the Moons of Venus - Damien Broderick Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : Re-Crossing the Styx - Ian R. MacLeod Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : Elegy for a Young Elk - Hannu Rajaniemi Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : Chimbwi - Jim Hawkins Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : Sleeping Dogs - Joe Haldeman Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : Seven Years from Home - Naomi Novik Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : And Ministers of Grace... - Tad Williams Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : Sleepover - Alastair Reynolds Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : Flower Mercy Needle Chain - Yoon Ha Lee Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : In-Fall - Ted Kosmatka Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : Amaryllis - Carrie Vaughn Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : Flying in the Face of God - Nina Allan Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : The Emperor of Mars - Allen M. Steele Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : The Peacock Cloak - Chris Beckett Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : The Starship Mechanic - Jay Lake and Ken Scholes Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : Again and Again and Again - Rachel Swirsky Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : Return to Titan - Stephen Baxter Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : Libertarian Russia - Michael Swanwick Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : The Shipmaker - Aliette de Bodard Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : Blind Cat Dance - Alexander Jablokov Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : The Taste of Night - Pat Cadigan Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : The Books - Kage Baker Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24 : My Father's Singularity - Brenda Cooper Atum future embarkation. 3 out of 5 Upload murder, coach. 3.5 out of 5 Generic Sampling device. 3.5 out of 5 No-name no girl chop choice. 3.5 out of 5 Venus terraform fall. 3 out of 5 Extinct, frozen, stewarded, revived, frolicing in casino rivers. 4.5 out of 5 Communal network rejection assimilation Goes There, that's Who. 4.5 out of 5 Talking elephants and dragons. 4.5 out of 5 Madwoman bomb. 2.5 out of 5 Vat man numeracy virus fear. 4 out of 5 'Massri’s dinosaur fantasy was off by a factor of at least 7.4.' Sporky. 3 out of 5 Dead minder trap. 3 out of 5 Booze, bears and quantum relatives plague. 4 out of 5 Zambian flying pig fusion warrior climb return. 3 out of 5 Dysprosium cornering memory fix. 3.5 out of 5 Melisa Adjustments conflict. 3.5 out of 5 Lamentation Kane, Guardian religious nut human weapon. 3.5 out of 5 Unfrozen for basal simulation AI Realm war peoplesicle platform robot repair back up, hopefully not to be eaten by inter-reality sea monsters. 4 out of 5 Bullets yet again. 2.5 out of 5 Big black hole no death threat chop off. 3.5 out of 5 Getting a banner kid. 3.5 out of 5 Frozen space friend goodbye. 3.5 out of 5 Prefer planetary romance to reality. 3.5 out of 5 Fabbro follow. 3 out of 5 Alien booknerd byebye. 2.5 out of 5 Crinked. 2 out of 5 Virtual Poole projection. 4.5 out of 5 An enhanced fantasy. 3.5 out of 5 Mind birth. 3.5 out of 5 Animal Training. 3.5 out of 5 Extra brain? 3 out of 5 Library looting. 3 out of 5 Dogged dad changeless. 3 out of 5 4 out of 5

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

Wrong Number - Jean-Philippe Aubourg

No escort. 3.5 out of 5

Peter and Pierre - Alcamia Payne

Not the usual flavour. 3 out of 5

An Up-and-Coming Area - Elizabeth Coldwell

Pub handyman. 3 out of 5

Classifieds - Darla White

Two variety. 3 out of 5

Jillaroo For A Week - Eva Hore

Holiday colour. 3.5 out of 5

Just Watch Me - Justine Elyot

Cam deal. 3 out of 5

Boi-d Watching - Landon Dixon

Young birder. 3 out of 5

Saunsational - Landon Dixon

Further development. 3 out of 5

The Banker Boys - Landon Dixon

Law is for suckers. 3 out of 5

Gym Dandy - Landon Dixon

Good workout. 2.5 out of 5

The President's Vampire - Christopher Farnsworth

When you have Bin Laden cornered then you stuff a grenade down this throat. Courtesy of your controlled vampire troubleshooter. Because he is a Innsmouth derived demonic lizardman. Far worse than lizardman terrorists are those behind things like that. Occult influenced mercenary companies and traitor spies. Which are the real problems for Zach and Cade when they have to work with one of the former that they are quite sure is also likely to contain some of the latter and hence try and kill them in various horrible ways. Or, vampire and girlfriend massacre lizardmen and shadowmen and try and keep human from being massacred by girlfriend and associates. 3 out of 5

Tranquility - Anya Bast

Pack issues. 2.5 out of 5

Restored To Love - Antonia Adams

A decent short anthology. Restored to Love : Restored to Love - Anna Rockwell Restored to Love : Rite Place Rite Time - Elizabeth Coldwell Restored to Love : Gabriel - Athena Marie Restored to Love : Awakening - Beverly Langland Restored to Love : One for the Toad - Michael Bracken Cavalier choice. 3 out of 5 Wild man, no? 3 out of 5 Not a cop. 3 out of 5 Grave with more to come. 3.5 out of 5 Spell show. 3.5 out of 5 3 out of 5

One For the Toad - Michael Bracken

Spell show. 3.5 out of 5

Awakening - Beverly Langland

Grave with more to come. 3.5 out of 5

Gabriel - Athena Marie

Not a cop. 3 out of 5

Rite Place Rite Time - Elizabeth Coldwell

Wild man, no? 3 out of 5

Restored To Love - Anna Rockwell

Cavalier choice. 3 out of 5

Rain Dogs - Gary McMahon

A guy getting out of jail thanks to your random act of violence attempts to get back together with his young family. Complicating things is the rain - which started and doesn't stop. Also the low-life fellow denizens who have affected him and another woman. Monsters are slipping in to get them. 3.5 out of 5

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Light is the Darkness - Laird Barron

What happens to the son (and daughter) of a very dodgy Doc Savage analogue who becomes a modern gladiator while in the background being groomed for a posthuman Elder God usurping upgrade. 4.5 out of 5

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Anniversary Gift - Garland Garland

Sug story. 3 out of 5

A Birthday Present - Ruth Ramsden

Hood smell. 3 out of 5

Beach Challenge - Elizabeth Coldwell

Chasing party. 3 out of 5

Something About Mary - J. S. Black

Fully articulated. 3 out of 5

On the Other Side - Peter Baltensperger

Ugly Galen. 2.5 out of 5

Demon - Kathryn O'Halloran

Fighter of. 3 out of 5

Silk Ties - Dominic Santi

Business trip invites. 3.5 out of 5

Free To Feel - Divinity Leblanc

Hitachi instruction. 3 out of 5

Diamonds and Gold - Giselle Renarde

Anniversary present. 3.5 out of 5

Real - Jaye Raymee

List part. 3 out of 5

Rule Breakers - Rachel Kramer Bussel

Brownie Rob. 3 out of 5

The Age of Indolence - Lynn Lake

Multiple art. 3 out of 5

Chocolates At The Sun Garden Hotel - D. K. Jernigan

Two time setup. 3 out of 5

The Hung Games - Elizabeth Coldwell

Champion display. 4 out of 5

Finished By Hand - William Anthony

Gentleman tailoring. 3.5 out of 5