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Memoirs of a Master Forger Memoirs of a Master Forger by William Heaney
reviewed by Tammy Moore
This is an elegant, brilliantly written novel that spins the plates of three, possibly four, different threads with the élan of a seasoned circus performer. A compelling narrative and unique voice makes the book almost impossible to put down -- despite Tammy's somewhat ambiguous feelings towards the main character.

Star Wars: Street of Shadows Star Wars: Street of Shadows by Michael Reaves
reviewed by Michael M Jones
In the bloody, violent days following the implementation of Order 66, the Jedi have been slaughtered, their temples burned, their fellowship broken by the newly-formed Empire, with the Emperor's protégé, Darth Vader, tracking down those few to survive and escape. One Jedi, Jax Pavan, has gone to ground in the slums of Coruscant, the city-planet that serves as the very heart of the Empire. Here, among with fellow ex-Jedi Laranth, hardboiled reporter Den Dhur, independent-minded droid I-5YQ and Vader's own former personal aide Haninum Tyk Rhinann, Jax Pavan has formed a small detective agency.

Multireal Multireal by David Louis Edelman
reviewed by Paul Kincaid
It has become a cliché: the difficult middle volume in a trilogy. But it's a real problem nonetheless. The main players have been introduced in the first volume, the dramatic situation has been set up, the action has started upon its course, and in all likelihood there has been a satisfying climax because each volume has to work in its own right. In the middle volume you cannot bring in the big action-packed climax, because that has to wait for the final volume; you can't even introduce too many important new characters, because then you've got to wonder what they were doing hanging round off-stage in the first volume.

Nexus Graphica Nexus Graphica Nexus Graphica
a column by Rick Klaw and Mark London Williams
It's that time of year again -- the existential suspense redolent in the air over whether your uncle will get blindly drunk at Christmas again, whether the country will survive until January 20th, whether you'll get lucky on New Year's Eve. The usual swirl of late December concerns. And in that swirl are the year-end "ten best" lists as well, compiled by movie, music, book and other critics. The erudite Mr. Klaw and Mark London Williams thought it might behoove them to compile a similar top-tenny sort of rundown for graphic novels and comics and split it into two parts. Here are numbers 10–6 of the list.

Powers: Secret Histories Powers: Secret Histories by John Berlyne
an article by Rodger Turner
I still remember when I was reading Dinner at Deviant's Palace (1984) by Tim Powers for the first time. After some 27 years of reading SF, I thought it would be hard to startle me with ideas and amaze me with plot. Sure, I could become engrossed with a sense of wonder and be charmed by a delightful turn of phrase. But I had read a lot of books and it didn't seem like there could be more. Boy, I was young and stupid. I found a number of treasures and surprises in Dinner at Deviant's Palace and Tim Powers became one of my favourite writers on the spot.

Star Trek: Gods of Night Star Trek TNG: Gods of Night by David Mack
reviewed by Michael M Jones
The Federation is in danger once again, as the Borg have renewed their attacks with a new, vicious enthusiasm, aiming for annihilation rather than assimilation. Entire worlds have already fallen beneath their relentless fury, and the Federation's resources are rapidly being stretched to their limits. But not all hope is lost.

UBIK UBIK by Philip K. Dick
an audiobook review by Ivy Reisner
In the distant future, circa 1992, death has moved from an event, to a process. The newly deceased are placed in cryogenic "cold-pac" and taken to a moratorium where their active minds interact with each other, and, when called upon, with the outside world, in a state called "half life." Psychic powers have moved into the mainstream.

Furies of Calderon Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
The narrator, Kate Reading, delivers the punch, when needed, in this epic adventure Her voice easily reveals characters' sense of loss or hope and, when the situation requires it, she can drum up plenty of excitement for all of the battle scenes. Jim Butcher may have written all the words, but it's her delivery that allows the audiobook listener to become completely immersed in the land of Alera.

New Audiobooks New Audiobooks
compiled by Susan Dunman
At times it's more convenient (and enjoyable) to hear the latest in science fiction and fantasy. Recent audiobook releases include works by Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Moon, Dan Simmons, Kim Stanley Robinson, Tobias S. Buckell, Gregory Frost, Alastair Reynolds and Mike Resnick.

The Jack Vance Reader The Jack Vance Reader edited by Terry Dowling and Jonathan Strahan
reviewed by Dustin Kenall
3 books. 3 introductions. 1 author. Jack Vance. Normally, that should be enough to make any collector happy. So perhaps that's what the editors were counting on when they collected three of Vance's shorter novels (or longer novellas) into a compact trade cover, slapped on a preface about the "planetary adventure" subgenre, and apportioned a separate introduction for each book by Robert Silverberg, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Mike Resnick -- Jack Vance admirers and masters in their own right, one and all.

Bram Stoker's Notes for Dracula: A Facsimile Edition Bram Stoker's Notes for Dracula: A Facsimile Edition by Bram Stoker, annotated and transcribed by Robert Eighteen-Bisang & Elizabeth Miller
reviewed by Richard A. Lupoff
Talk about expectation versus experience! Richard will confess that he thought this book was going to be a total snoozer. A facsimile of a hundred or so pages of dubiously legible notes by a long-dead author, for a novel that he wrote well over a century ago. The author was Abraham "Bram" Stoker (1847–1912) and the novel was Dracula (1897).

Busted Flush Busted Flush by George R.R. Martin
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
First published in the late 80s, the Wild Cards series is resurgent, and this title marks a welcome return to form. This time around, instead of veering madly away from what made this series such a huge success, the editor has coaxed his writers into playing to the strengths of the world. This includes a few long established characters, used in ways that are fresh enough not to alienate any new readers, yet enticing enough to captivate original fans of the series.

Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor Gischler
reviewed by Michael M Jones
So what happened was the world went to Hell, through a combination of war, terrorism, and natural disasters... Nine years later, Mortimer Tate emerges from his well-stocked cave deep in the woods, ready to rejoin the world he left behind, and utterly unprepared for the changes made in his absence. It seems that compared to most, he's actually been living a civilized, luxurious life, and all because he wanted to get away from his soon-to-be ex-wife.

Necropath Necropath by Eric Brown
reviewed by John Enzinas
This is the story of a telepath named Jeff Vaughan who works on the docks of the space port known as Bengal Station. His job is to scan ships for contraband and stowaways. He has become suspicious of his boss and while investigating his suspicions, he discovers a cult that is smuggling something onto Earth.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
a movie review by Rick Norwood
The 50s are a Sargasso Sea of science fiction amid an ocean desert of movies with not even a hint SF. There were great SF films in the 30s and earlier. But there was no science fiction (except low-budget movie serials and monster movies) between Things to Come, by H.G. Wells, in 1936 and Destination Moon, by Robert A. Heinlein, in 1950.

Babylon 5.1: Televison Reviews Babylon 5.1
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
Rick continues his look at TV writers. He has some thoughts on Tim Kring and Heroes and the recent decision to bring in Bryan Fuller (of Star Trek Deep Space Nine and Voyager, Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies fame) as a consultant.

The Magazine of Speculative Poetry -- Spring 2008 The Magazine of Speculative Poetry -- Spring 2008
reviewed by John Enzinas
The Magazine of Speculative Poetry
from the Spring of 2008
Holds poems related to rocketry
and one of a robot's dark fate.

First Novels

The Magicians and Mrs. Quent The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen M. Beckett
reviewed by Tammy Moore
Ivy Lockwell is the eldest daughter of Mr Lockwell, a magician whose sanity has been shattered in a mysterious magickal accident that has left his family impoverished and socially isolated. Dashton Rafferdy is the wastrel son of one of Altania's great magnates who views claims that he is descended from one of the great magical families as a potentially dangerous distraction from his pursuit of shallow enjoyment.


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