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Krondor: The Assassins Krondor: The Assassins by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
Filling in some of the history that occurred between the Riftwar Saga and the Serpentwar Saga, this novel tells of the rise of the Crawler, a shadowy, violent rival of the Mockers, Krondor's thieves guild. While investigating the cause of a rising number of murders in Krondor, Jimmy the Hand uncovers something much more sinister...

Mountain of Black Glass Mountain of Black Glass by Tad Williams
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
Once again, the author's inventiveness is on dazzling display. There are fewer worlds in here than in River of Blue Fire (in which we visited 11 different ones), but they're explored in more depth, from the House -- a truly fascinating place, in which a whole series of novels could be set -- to the strange and savage world of The Odyssey.

A Midsummer Night's Faery Tale A Midsummer Night's Faery Tale by Wendy Froud and Terri Windling
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Remember the delicate creatures of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth? Those almost human beings, somewhat like us, but infinitely more fragile and winsome? Well, after too long a wait, those faeries, pixies, trolls, sylphs, and all the other magical citizens of the magical world, are back in a new faery tale.

Donor Donor by Charles Wilson
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
The author takes us back again to coastal Mississippi for a new story of science and medicine gone awry. Biloxi seems like a quiet city, but that's part of the problem; bad things are happening behind the lazy, sleepy fašade. The horror remains in the shadows until it smacks you right in the face.

Mirrorman Mirrorman by Trevor Hoyle
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
A powerful cult, the Messengers, offers Frank Kersh, an amoral death-row inmate about to be executed, escape from death and the fulfillment of all his desires. In return, while ensconced in a penthouse paradise in a parallel universe, he must defuse or destroy any threats to the cult's plans of world domination.

Mirage Mirage by F. Paul Wilson and Matthew J. Costello
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
What is the fascination with identical twins? Are why is everyone so intrigued by dream analysis? Both questions tie in to human beings' unending search to understand the mind and memory. How does memory "work," and shouldn't it work precisely the same for people with identical DNA?

New Arrivals Mid-October Books
compiled by Neil Walsh
The past couple of weeks have brought us more reprints of well-loved classics as well as some exciting new titles from the likes of Greg Egan, Mark Chadbourn, Connie Willis and Michaela Roessner. And who could even think of striding boldly into the next millennium without a trusty Discworld Assassins' Guild Yearbook and Diary 2000?

WyndMagic WyndMagic by Barbara Haworth-Attard
reviewed by Jonathan Fesmire
It starts where the previous novel, TruthSinger left off; summer has lasted far too long. Katie and Nathan learn why: the extensive magical activity of their previous trip to Angliocch caused much strife, and now WyldMagic is traversing the time streams, disrupting the natural balance.

Resurrection, Inc. Resurrection, Inc. by Kevin J. Anderson
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Sometime in the future, a man will decide that robots are never really going to work -- too expensive, not lifelike enough, tough to maintain. Instead, why not use a relatively inexpensive product that is constantly renewing itself? No need to let all those corpses go to waste! Stick a few replacement parts in them, wipe all those inconvenient memories, and there you have it: the perfect Servant. Sounds like a lovely luxury for the Servants' owners, but what if you are the stiff?

Death Storm Death Storm by Anne Knight
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
Though it contains a few science fictional elements (well, okay, one: recombinant DNA), this novel is more in the tradition of the paranormal thriller, a type made popular by Stephen King and Dean Koontz. In post-Soviet Russia, Irina Doraskaya is a possession as valuable as gold to the gangsters who have kidnapped her -- she is the product of a Soviet program to breed telekinetic psychics.

New Magazines New Magazines
compiled by John O'Neill
The SF Site's FictionHome page brings you the latest news and reviews of genre magazines and other short fiction. This time we look at brand new issues of Altair, Weird Tales, Interzone, Dark Planet, and many more.

All Tomorrow's Parties All Tomorrow's Parties by William Gibson
reviewed by Charlene Brusso
Data miner Colin Laney has gone into hiding from the corporations who paid him to hunt nodes, places where data points converge in the galactic expanse of random information. Thanks to the success of 5-SB, an experimental drug he received during tests carried out at the federal orphanage where he grew up, Laney is The Man Who Knows Too Much. 5-SB alters the brain, giving test subjects the ability to focus tightly, to find and follow patterns, to pull the pieces together. Unfortunately, 5-SB subjects eventually succumb to the stalker effect.

Babylon 5.1: Televison Reviews Babylon 5.1
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
In his column, Rick offers us tips on what's worth watching during November and what's coming through Christmas. As well, he's watched the DVD of the second Star Trek pilot which also includes "The Carbomite Maneuver" (***) by Jerry Sohl. He likes what he has seen.

First Novels

Starfish Starfish by Peter Watts
reviewed by Neil Walsh
You want gritty? You'll be spitting grit out from between your teeth after this one. It's dark. It's dirty. It's oppressive. It's a helluva first novel. The omnipotent Grid Authority has established facilities to exploit the dangerously unpredictable geothermal power in the Juan de Fuca Rift at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. And they've bioengineered the crew to be able to withstand the pressure and breathe the seawater down there.

BJ: A Supernatural Horror Story BJ: A Supernatural Horror Story by Kimile Aczon
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Something happened at 12:42 p.m., on the 6th of September. Actually, many things happened and, for some people, life changed forever at that exact instant. Aczon mixes in plenty of nightmarish episodes, some gory moments, and just the right, natural measure of love and lust. The mixture adds up to a believable, tense tale of good versus evil.

Second Looks

Iris Iris by William Barton and Michael Capobianco
reviewed by John O'Neill
Before Deepstar reaches Titan, the rogue gas giant Iris and its moons wanders into the solar system, and the ship is diverted to Iris in the hopes that it will prove more adventurous and rewarding. When one of Iris' moons is found to contain a submerged alien craft, this tiny crew of bickering artists and engineers soon finds itself confronting an ancient -- and very deadly -- alien mystery.

The Termination Node The Termination Node by Lois H. Gresh & Robert Weinberg
reviewed by Rodger Turner
In a reprise review to coincide with the paperback release, Rodger finds the authors have created a nerve-tingling story with monstrous consequences. Most of the book's devastating computer alterations are disarmingly simple and can happen today. Don't let anyone tell you differently.

Krondor: the Betrayal Krondor: the Betrayal by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
In a reprise review to coincide with the paperback release, this tale takes place just after the Riftwar Saga. The Brotherhood of the Dark Path once again threatens the Kingdom. The story quickly becomes much more complex as seemingly unconnected events in Krondor and elsewhere begin to reveal a sinister plot.

Non-Fiction

Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation by Helen McCarthy
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Miyazaki's animated feature films have achieved the kind of fame that ensures the titles and images are familiar even to those who have not embraced anime. Sometime in everyone's life, they must have heard of My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, or Porco Rosso. Until now, though, there has been no definitive English language study of Miyazaki and his work.


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