Evening's Empires by Paul McAuley
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
It's been fifteen hundred years since The Quiet War, and the evening's empires, as Bob Dylan put it, "have returned into sand." The
once solar-system encompassing civilization has fractured and decayed, leaving a multitude of smaller communities living amongst the
ruins. Gajananvihari Pilot, better known as Hari, and his family are scavengers, roaming the system for salvaged technology and
supplies. It's a pretty good life until their ship is attacked and stolen, leaving Hari, marooned, as the only known survivor.
The Ape Man's Brother by Joe R. Lansdale
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
This slim work, written in the first person as a recollection of events, may or may not be
true. The narrator is the brother of the title, and the sibling to whom he refers is, as most people will already
have guessed, an alternate take on the most famous ape man of all. In deference to the author, we shall also refrain from using his
theatrical name. Also playing prominent roles in this tale are several of the characters familiar to anyone who has previously
encountered the Hollywood Ape Man's legend, in movies and full length novels.
Tempt the Stars by Karen Chance
reviewed by Katherine Petersen
As per usual, Cassie Palmer has a half-assed plan at best which starts with the idea of going back in time to ask her mother how to wrest John Pritkin
from his demon father's clutches.
Nothing goes as planned, and the book has the nonstop action that fans have come to expect and enjoy. Throw in some humor
for balance and also give hints to the growth in Cassie and Pritkin's relationship and we're off. Mircea, on the other hand, hardly makes any
appearances in this installment.
Into the Woods by Kim Harrison
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
Readers of Kim Harrison's novels will have some idea of what to expect with her latest offering of short and long stories which are based either in or out
of the Hollows. They feature bounty hunter and witch heroine, Rachel Morgan, and includes
a special Hollows novella. This is a large book, so
her fiction is more novella than short stories, and it takes the reader through her realms where nothing is what it seems
when elves and other beings lurk in the shadows.
Nascence: 17 Stories That Failed and What They Taught Me by Tobias Buckell and Ersatz Wines by Christopher Priest
reviewed by Trent Walters
deal with the category of literature known as juvenilia: works written before the writer came into his full maturity. Both
writers deal with the idea that the point of the book is just to make some money, but they also believe their mistakes may help
beginning writers. Buckell is more contemporary and aware of the current speculative scene while Priest's concerns are more
literary, yet both give useful insight into the process of maturing as a writer.
Exogene by T.C. McCarthy
an audiobook review by Dale Darlage
Exogene is a hell of a science fiction novel but to call it a sci-fi novel
is to undersell it. It is a hell of a war novel, but to call it a war novel is also underselling it. It really is the story
of a woman finding out what it is to love, to be loved and to know where one stands with God -- in short, to be human. But
that seriously undersells this book and makes a violent tale of war, genetic mutation and out-of-control science sound like
some piece of warm and fuzzy chick lit. It is certainly not that. So, what is it?
a column by Rick Klaw and Mark London Williams
It's been a rough month at the Texas offices of Nexus Graphica, both personally and nationally.
Thankfully, graphic novels seems to help Rick Klaw alleviate some of the doldrums, especially titles such as March: Book One,
Thor: Season One and The Black Beetle Volume 1: No Way Out.
Beyond the Wall edited by James Lowder
compiled by Neil Walsh
It's a short list this time, but you're bound to find something interesting here such as books from
Tony Ballantyne, Paul Crilley, Christopher Golden, Tom Lloyd, Mike Resnick and Robert T. Garcia.
reviewed by Hank Luttrell
This book is a collection of essays subtitled "Exploring George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire."
In one, Daniel Abraham's "Same Song in a Different Key" is a first hand account of his work adapting
the books for a successful comic book series being published by Dynamite. A very hands-on account,
it gives details of the process unique to this project, and also provides interesting suggestions
about how comic book adaptations can be approached in general.
In the Mouth of the Whale by Paul McAuley
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
Fomalhaut was first settled by the Quick, who used biotech to adapt their environment and themselves. The
True came later, found the Quick to be easy pickings, and set up an aristocratic culture with themselves as
the aristocrats. Now both are threatened by mysterious newcomers, the Ghosts, whose goal is altering history to
make themselves the winners. Meanwhile, in an Amazon rain forest, a Child is growing up.
A Princess of Mars: The Annotated Edition & New Tales of the Red Planet by Edgar Rice Burroughs, annotations by Aaron Parrett
reviewed by David Maddox
John Carter's multiple world spanning adventures have become legend in the annals of heroic, action literature. Battling
hordes of enemies on the mysterious world of Barsoom, the Warlord of Mars has left his mark on classic literature that has
inspired the stories and adventures that we enjoy today.
Railsea by China Miéville
reviewed by Paul Kincaid
It seems likely, in years to come, someone who has read Railsea in their youth upon picking up a copy of
Herman Melville's Moby Dick and thinking to themselves: Hang on, I've already read this!
For the first third or so of the novel, China Miéville is fairly true to his source material. The setting is transformed from
the southern oceans to a landscape criss-crossed by a seemingly infinite number of railway lines. Trains of many kinds run
on these lines, but the one we're particularly interested in is the equivalent of a whaler, hunting for the gigantic beasts
that live under the soil: rats and antlions and especially the mole or moldywarpe.