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Paraspheres Paraspheres edited by Rusty Morrison and Ken Keegan
reviewed by David Soyka
This anthology has a mouthful of a subtitle -- "Extending Beyond the Spheres of Literary and Genre Fiction - Fabulist and New Wave Fabulist Stories." It reflects the latest categorical gyrations, although, to their credit, the discussion the editors offer is actually quite straightforward. Essentially, their position is "that there are really at least three different kinds of fiction: genre, literary (in its realistic, character-based sense), and a third type of fiction that really has no commonly accepted name, which does have cultural meaning and artistic value and therefore does not fit well in the escapist formula genres, but which has non-realistic elements that exclude it from the category of literary fiction."

Proven Guilty Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
reviewed by Michael M Jones
As the war between the White Council and the vampiric Red Court rages on with ever-higher casualties, Harry is tasked to find out what the Summer and Winter Courts of the Fae have up their sleeves. He's got some history with the two Courts, which makes him ideal for the task. Find out why the Fae haven't acted in response to earlier slights. Find out why the Red Court has gotten away with blatant acts against the Fae. Discover what it will take to bring the Sidhe to bear against the vampires, and not the mages. Oh, and by the way, all evidence supports the existence of a traitor within the White Council.

Broken Broken by Kelley Armstrong
reviewed by Donna McMahon
Elena Michaels used to think she had problems when a wolf bit her and she started turning into a werewolf. But that was nothing. Now she's a pregnant werewolf -- something even other werewolves have never heard of before. And the simple job her pack has agreed to -- stealing a letter from a sorcerer -- has backfired badly. It's hard to plan a nursery when you're being chased by unkillable zombies and investigating whether Jack the Ripper is roaming the streets of Toronto.

Glasshouse Glasshouse by Charles Stross
reviewed by Peter D. Tillman
Set in the Invisible Republic, a splinter-polity recovering from the Censorship Wars, Robin, who may have been a tank regiment or a counter-intelligence agent (he's not sure -- his memory isn't what it used to be), meets Kay. They both sign up for an experimental historical-roleplaying project, which has the stated objective of recreating one of the historic Dark Ages, c.1950-2040 AD. You shouldn't be surprised to learn that things are not as they seem to be.

The Princess Mage The Princess Mage by Maggie L. Wood
reviewed by Sherwood Smith
In this sequel to The Princess Pawn, Willow is still trying to cope with her old-fashioned and determined grandmother, with her mischievous little brother, with her mother being struck down by a suspicious illness, and most absorbingly, with Sir Brand, her boyfriend. Relationships for teens are tough enough without the added hassles of being a princess, a mage still struggling to master magic, and a girl with Earth attitudes. Or should that be Attitude? Her grandmother certainly thinks so -- and sometimes, it seems, so does Brand.

Babylon 5.1: Televison Reviews Babylon 5.1
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
"The pilot for The Flash is so lame and listless that the only way I could sit through it was to rewrite it in my head. In the pilot, we get a full screen shot of thunderclouds, lightening and thunder simultaneous, ominous music. Then a quick cut to the Barry Allen in the lab and the most famous scene in the entire story of The Flash. Lightning hits a shelf of chemicals and spills them all over Barry. Only the way it is presented is deadly dull."

New Sunrise Express New Sunrise Express and Equinox at Hilltop by Christopher A. Zackey
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
Saying that Christopher A. Zackey's fictional writing has the whimsey of a L. Frank Baum, uses language in a manner akin to Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine, and carries, like the Narnia books, a subtext of a mythology which originates in Roman Catholicism, but incorporates numerous other philosophical elements doesn't entirely circumscribe why his work is original, appealing and even laugh-out-loud entertaining.

Last Sons Last Sons by Alan Grant
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
The premise features a Living Monolith character, the Alpha, who intends to destroy all inferior life forms in the universe, just as soon as it has collected the last sons of those races that have already perished. The purpose of this collection is to drain their emotional energies to use as a weapon. Thus do we find J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter and last son of the red planet, teamed with Superman, the last son of Krypton, and the cosmic bounty hunter Lobo, who is the last son of Czarnia.

Secret of the Three Treasures Secret of the Three Treasures by Janni Lee Simner
reviewed by Sherwood Smith
Tiernay West's father travels the globe doing research for his adventure novels. Tiernay Markovitz's mother lives a useful live in a small northeastern town as mother to a daughter she intends to raise as responsible and practical. Tiernay is trying hard to be a good daughter to both her parents, who are now separated, but she really wants to be Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer.

New Arrivals New Arrivals
compiled by Neil Walsh
Our latest new arrivals include much anticipated continuations to popular series from such authors as Greg Keyes, Katharine Kerr, Kevin J. Anderson, Paul Kearney, Kate Forsyth, and Harry Turtledove. Of course that's not all; you'll also find the latest from Alan Dean Foster, Laurell K. Hamilton, Anne & Todd McCaffrey, Tom Piccirilli, plus much more.

Women of Sci-Fi 2007 Women of Sci-Fi 2007
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Actors Christopher Judge and Michael Shank have gathered together actresses from favourite sci-fi shows, such as Andromeda, Smallville, Stargate SG-1, and Stargate Atlantis to produce the 2007 Women of Sci-Fi Calendar.

Dates from Hell Dates from Hell by Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Kelley Armstrong, and Lori Handeland
reviewed by Michael M Jones
It seems like everyone's got a war story inspired by their days serving in the front lines of the hell called dating. Now, four authors well-known for their explorations of the crossroads of supernatural and romance turn their attentions to those war stories. In four very distinct stories, they explore just how bad, or weird, it can be when your date isn't even human....

Crystal Dragon Crystal Dragon by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
reviewed by Sherwood Smith
This is the second half of the Great Migration Duology. Readers should realize that this is not a sequel so much as the second half of the story began in Crystal Soldier. In that book we met Jela (full name M. Jela Granthor's Guard), the burned-out soldier who was a genetic experiment, and Cantra yos'Phelium, the burned-out smuggler pilot. Jela, stranded for a time on an empty planet, finds a single living tree, and rescues it. This second book opens with a vastly strange prologue that makes sense only if you've read the first book.

Superman Returns Superman Returns
a movie review by Rick Norwood
The worst thing about Superman Returns is the actor, who has a variety of facial expressions similar to that of the plastic Aurora Superman model -- except on two or three very brief occasions when he looks so much like Christopher Reeve that he may have had a little help from CGI.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
a movie review by Rick Norwood
This is the best new Roadrunner and Coyote cartoon since Chuck Jones passed away. Chuck Jones -- the man who discovered that the laws of physics can be funny. Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio have learned that lesson well. Everybody LEAN this way. Good. Now everybody LEAN that way. Good. Lean this way. Lean that way. This way. That way. Grab. Oops, missed. Again. Lean. Lean. Lean.

Non-Fiction

Cover Story Cover Story by John Picacio
reviewed by Jayme Lynn Blaschke
Jayme has seen the future of speculative fiction art, and its name is John Picacio. Except, if he's being honest with himself and readers, that's not true. You see, to be the future would imply that he has yet to come into his own. Anyone who even casually thumbs through this book knows full well that this young artist has arrived. The question isn't how good he is, it's how much better can he possibly get?


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