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FIRST IMPRESSIONS
a website by Glen Engel-Cox
It is with great pleasure that we announce the addition of Glen Engel-Cox's reading diary, FIRST IMPRESSIONS, to the SF Site. Glen has been publishing his regular Net column since before most of us ever heard of the Web, and offering insightful comments and criticism on hundreds of titles of interest to SF and Fantasy readers. Join him for his 30th column as he looks at recent works from Connie Willis, Susan Cooper, Steven Brust, and Pamela Sargent.

Features
Hugo Award Winners: Thomas Myer reports on who won along with his impressions of the convention
A Look at the Sunburst Imprint: Is some of the best fantasy published this season really tucked away in the Children's section of your local bookstore? John O'Neill thinks so. Find out why.
Chatting with Bruce Sterling: Thomas Myer talks to the author of Holy Fire at LoneStarCon 2
A new issue of Dark Planet has been posted. Fiction, reviews, poetry; what more could a reader need?
The Beasties is a Young Adult horror novel by William Sleator. Neil Walsh isn't impressed
August Releases: a look at SF, Fantasy and Horror titles released during the month
Marc Goldstein looks at Paul Cook's second book, Fortress on the Sun
Critics love the unique stylings of Ian McDonald. Try him and you will too
Deal with the Ghost by Marilyn Singer -- Sabrina Goldstein brings us a capsule review
Skeptical about alien abductions? Lela Olszewski investigates Witnessed, Budd Hopkins' non-fiction story
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Science Fact: Sometimes fiction isn't enough
Star Trek: where to go and what's there
Our Contents Page highlights reviews of Ann Benson's The Plague Tales and Allan Cole's Wizard of the Winds
Author & Fan Tribute Sites: we've built 26 pages of them (plus one for Mc)
What's new from the SF Site reviewers? Browse through the list to see if any of your favourites are represented
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Monstrum Monstrum by Donald James
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
If you are looking for a good mystery/detective novel set in a devastated near-future Russia, Wayne thinks you'll find this a delight.

The Divine Invasion Philip K. Dick Reading List
compiled by Rodger Turner
This is the fifth installment of a ten part series putting together a reading list of Philip K. Dick's novels and short fiction.

The Subtle Knife The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
reviewed by Lela Olszewski
In addition to unique worlds, fascinating characters, and emotionally powerful writing, the book has a variety of other exemplary qualities. Lela enjoyed the touches of humor that help relieve the tension generated by the character's almost constant flight from danger.

Someone to Watch Over Me Someone to Watch Over Me by Tricia Sullivan
reviewed by Todd Richmond
Sullivan's world seems grim and harsh. Her characters are complex and have human frailties. None of her characters are heroic and though several are victims, Todd found it difficult to sympathize with them. Maybe that was the intention.

The Rise of Endymion The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
Wayne warns this is not a novel for first timers. Go back, pick up Hyperion and the other two novels. When you are good and steeped in the lore of Hyperion, come back as the conclusion is well worth the journey.

Nyarlathotep Cycle: Stories about the God of a Thousand Forms Nyarlathotep Cycle: Stories about the God of a Thousand Forms edited by Robert M. Price
reviewed by Stephen M. Davis
Stephen was pleased with the choice of stories. The inclusion of some work by unknown authors was quite refreshing.

The Wall of the Sky, The Wall of the Eye The Wall of the Sky, The Wall of the Eye by Jonathan Lethem
reviewed by Neil Walsh
It's straight, with a twist of weird. Lethem's style is clear, straightforward, even simple. His subject matter, though, ranges from the somewhat bizarre to the downright twisted.

To Sift Through Bitter Ashes To Sift Through Bitter Ashes by David Niall Wilson
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
Vampires, the Holy Grail, the Knights Templar, Egyptian sorcerers and the Catholic Church all rolled up in one neat package. For Wayne, it was an engaging combination.

Lord of the Isles Lord of the Isles by David Drake
reviewed by Alex Anderson
Is David Drake cashing in on the fantasy quest epic? Not according to Alex. It is something we haven't seen in the genre since Stephen Donaldson's epic saga.

Eternity Road Eternity Road by Jack McDevitt
reviewed by Steven H Silver
In a post-apocalyptic world, civilization is just re-beginning. Steven tells us that McDevitt has shown himself capable of better work.

A Game of Thrones A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
reviewed by James Seidman
Warning! Warning! This is the first book in a series. It ends with unresolved plot lines, and whole chapters seem to exist as setups for future books. Yet James still found it a marvelous, exquisitely written work. Martin is one of those rare authors who can create truly vivid characters.

Dreaming Metal Dreaming Metal by Melissa Scott
reviewed by Alex Anderson
Five years after Dreamships, Scott presents us with the almost-bohemian atmosphere of a college campus sucked into the maelstrom of a political and bloody battle over AI vs. human rights. Alex found the smell of macaroni and cheese palpable.

Book Releases July Book Releases
compiled by John O'Neill & Todd Ruthman
An in-depth look at the 146 Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror titles released in July from over thirty publishers, with links to sample chapters, reviews, author sites, and more.

Series Review

Black Swan, White Raven Fairy Tale Anthologies edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
reviewed by Margo MacDonald
These four anthologies, retelling a variety of fairy tales, have definitely made Margo's recommended reading list.

Positive Match Positive Match by Tony Chiu
reviewed by Todd Richmond
If you've a fondness for B-movies or the medical thrillers of Michael Crichton and Robin Cook, or if you enjoy the exploits of computer hackers, Todd thinks you'll love this book.

First Novels

Ecstasy Club Ecstasy Club by Douglas Rushkoff
reviewed by Glen Engel-Cox
Glen found this novel read like a poor man's Illuminatus! Trilogy.

Bad Memory Bad Memory by Duane Franklet
reviewed by Leon Olszewski
It reads like a network administrator's nightmare. Someone is on the network, seemingly unstoppable. All the control tactics are ineffective and each retaliation grows in severity. Leon found the author captured the sense of paranoia that someone, somewhere, is out to get you, your network, and your computers.

Second Looks

Sailing to Utopia Sailing to Utopia by Michael Moorcock
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Steven feels the selections in Sailing to Utopia can be called minor Moorcock.

Non-Fiction

Under the Black Flag Under the Black Flag by David Cordingly
reviewed by Neil Walsh
Neil wonders why this book is being reviewed on the SF Site. Because it's about pirates. Isn't that enough? Everyone loves pirates, right?


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