Bring Down the Sun by Judith Tarr
reviewed by Alma A. Hromic
The author has turned her hand to the Greece of antiquity in this particular novel, and her subject is Olympias, the mother
of Alexander the Great, who was by all (historical) accounts a larger-than-life semi-mythological creature even
back close to her own day. This is a huge canvas, and since it deals with themes so far away in time and space that
it's wide open for a gifted storyteller to make their own.
Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Omen by Christie Golden
reviewed by David Maddox
In the scant few years that have passed between Jedi Jacen Solo's decent into the Dark Side as Darth Caedus,
the newly formed Galactic Alliance attempts to lick its wounds and return the galaxy to some semblance of peace
and order. However, with Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker now in exile and a strange psychological plague
attacking the remaining Jedis, can anyone survive? And what of the secret Sith sect hidden away for thousands
of years on planet Kesh…?
Irons in the Fire by Juliet E. McKenna
reviewed by Tammy Moore
For generations the common folk have fled Lescar in search of a better life outside fractious borders contested by
ambitious dukes. If the family could not flee then they sent their children away, to protect them from the rapacious
nobles who would steal away daughters for their beds and sons for their militia or for the gallows.
The Child Thief by Brom
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
The story begins with a young girl whose mother has ended her own life with pills surviving each day in the
shadow of a cruel stepfather who abuses her. Her terror ends the night she is rescued from her fate by
a boy who enters her bedroom window to free her from her bonds. She has no idea who he is, yet she goes with him
to whatever adventure he might promise. The setting is a dull area of Brooklyn, New York where all the
evil and cruelty in that world seem to exist.
Illuminati - 2012 by Nishan A. Kumaraperu
reviewed by John Enzinas
Ethan Swan, a trust fund pretty boy who also happens to be a genius with a photographic memory and black belts in
multiple martial arts, goes to a lecture by his surrogate father, who gives a lecture about the Illuminati
and then is ritually murdered in front of Ethan. After this, everyone starts trying to kill him.
compiled by Susan Dunman
Recent audiobook releases received by SF Site include works by
Charles de Lint, Simon R. Green, R.A. Salvatore, Ray Bradbury and Margaret Atwood.
At times it's more convenient (and enjoyable) to hear the latest in science fiction and fantasy.
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
reviewed by Ivy Reisner
Connie must move into her deceased grandmother's house in order to clean it up and prepare it to be sold. It's
a strange old house, with mandrake roots growing in the yard, strange bottles lining the shelves of the kitchen,
and no phone or electricity. The timing couldn't be worse, as she has just been approved to begin her doctoral
dissertation. On her first day in the house she encounters a name, Deliverance Dane, and a reference to an old book of witchcraft.
Hater by David Moody
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
The world appears to be tearing itself apart through sheer insanity. Seemingly normal people inexplicably
react as if a switch goes off and suddenly, without warning, they try to kill anyone in their proximity. Danny McCoyne
is our main witness to this destruction of society. On his way to work one
morning, Danny sees a man brutally attacking an elderly lady. Although there's no apparent cause for his anger, he
doesn't stop the vicious assault until he finally kills the woman by stabbing her with an umbrella.
The Professor was a Thief by L. Ron Hubbard
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
Remember the days of the pulps? Those small magazines that printed short stories ranging from westerns to
pirate adventures to science fiction were a staple for many readers during the first half of the 20th
century. L. Ron Hubbard wrote stories that appeared in many of the pulps and now Galaxy Press is
collecting those stories into audiobooks (and paperbacks) featuring 2 or 3 stories in each
book. These are interesting stories to read but they're even more fun to hear.
The Dog Said Bow-Wow by Michael Swanwick
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
Multi Hugo Award-winner Michael Swanwick presents sixteen short stories in this collection, some of which
are loosely connected works featuring the same characters. These include the title work, which refers to the
shifty human Darger, and his genetically adjusted canine companion, Surplus. There are a trio of adventures
featuring the roguish duo.
This is nicely versatile collection, encompassing a wide range of themes, changes of pace and variances in style.
Dollhouse: Season One
This is Me, Jack Vance! by Jack Vance
a BluRay review by David Newbert
Dollhouse is about a secret organization with the technology to erase people's memories and
personalities, and then implant them with completely new mental constructs, leading to a collection of programmable
people. These "actives," as they're called, are given custom-made personalities and then rented out to extremely
wealthy clients to satisfy various needs and fantasies -- sexual, altruistic, or even criminal. Anyone is
possible: expert safecracker, kinky dominatrix, best friend,
News Spotlight -- Genre Books and Media
a column by Sandy Auden
From the British Fantasy Society Fantasycon, there are new releases from attendees. Mark Chadbourn on tent poles
and enduring memories with Destroyer of Worlds; Pete Crowther talks about abducting
the entire world in his Forever Twilight series; Andrew Hook takes on the walking dead
in And God Created Zombies; debut author Rio Youers on being grumpy
with Old Man Scratch; and Doctor Who writer Rob Shearman shares his thoughts on dead cats,
flagellation, and his new short story collection Lost Songs for the Shy and Cynical.
a column by Rick Klaw and Mark London Williams
Roughly twenty years ago, it was clear that
if Rick Klaw wasn't writing comics for children then he produced pornographic stories thus making him
a person of questionable character and morality. Jettisoning any argument about the
types of people who create erotic comics, the belief that there was only one type of
comic book for adults bothered Rick. Hadn't these people heard of Maus,
Watchmen, Love and Rockets, American Splendor, and
countless others that were being produced by the early 90s for more mature tastes?
Thankfully, this perception has changed.
compiled by Neil Walsh
Plenty to choose from this time, as our new arrivals feature classic reprints from Edmond Hamilton, Glen Cook, and Steven Brust, some great new horror stories as we approach Halloween, some media tie-in books, plus the latest works from Paul McAuley, Kelley Armstrong, John Twelve Hawks, Robert Rankin, R.A. Salvatore, Charlie Huston, Mike Resnick, and many others.
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
Rick, like many of us, spent some time in late September watching the new season of SF on TV for
new series and those returning for another year. He looks at Smallville, FlashForward,
Heroes and Dollhouse. He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in October.
reviewed by Rich Horton
Jack Vance is 93 years old and has retired from writing. But this book represents one last gift to his admirers. Vance
has been fairly reticent about his personal life and also about his writing. This is Me, Jack Vance!
fills us in on his life story, though it has little to say about his fiction -- which Vance has
long preferred to stand on its own.
Night of Knives by Ian C. Esslemont
reviewed by Dominic Cilli
The story describes the events that transpired on the night that Surly became the empress of the Malazan
Empire and Kellanved and Dancer ascend to the pantheon of shadow realm. The tale is told through two primary
characters, Temper and Kiska. Temper is a grizzled Malazan soldier stationed on Malaz isle and a veteran of
the legendary Seven Cities campaign having served directly under Dassem Ultor. Kiska is a cunning young
girl who has spent her entire life on Malaz Isle and knows the city inside and out.