The Time of Quarantine by Katharine Haake
reviewed by Seamus Sweeney
The post-apocalyptic, dystopian novel has become one the most respectable speculative tropes for mainstream literary types to
dabble in, without risking the snobbish ire that can be turned by critics on anything that even hints of sci-fi.
There are various reasons for this. The apocalyptic strain in Western thought is strong, and one that persists even if
the explicitly religious element declines (some might say it gets even stronger).
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
reviewed by Chris Donner
Luke, the illegal third son, must hide to avoid being caught by
the Population Police. He discovers a counterpart named Jen who
lives in a neighboring house. What starts out slow and a bit dull
suddenly jumps into life with a pop of the clutch and the catch of the gears.
The Time Machine: A Sequel by David Haden
reviewed by Richard A. Lupoff
Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) was certainly not the first science fiction writer. Scholars quarrel
endlessly over that puzzle, arguing passionately for Jules Verne (1828-1905), Mary Wollstonecraft
Shelley (1797-1851) or even dear old Lucian of Samosata (120-180).
The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig
an audiobook review by Sarah Trowbridge
Suppose that Hamlet were an 11-year-old modern-day English boy, and his late father not the King of Denmark but
the owner of a pub in Newark-on-Trent. That is the starting point of this refreshing novel that is part ghost story,
part coming-of-age tale. Paying homage to Shakespeare's masterpiece throughout, Matt Haig nevertheless has created a
story all his own.
The Flying Sorcerers edited by Peter Haining
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
The editor has collected a stellar cast of writers, some fairly
recent, some long dead, so that while not every tale will appeal to all tastes, everyone
should find something to their own taste.
The Wizards of Odd edited by Peter Haining
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Comedy is one of the most difficult things to write. Nevertheless, several
SF writers have incorporated humor into their output over the years. Peter
Haining has collected a handful in this anthology.
Dr. Franklin's Island by Ann Halam
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Semirah Garson thinks she is ready for the unexpected, but a structured, televised trip to Ecuador with Planet Savers is not the adventure
she's going to get. Before the painfully shy narrator has a chance to try to get comfortable with her fellow Young Conservationists, most
of them are lost in a suspicious air crash. She and Miranda and Arnie find themselves trapped on a deserted island where they must deal
with the elements and each other to survive.
Werewolves of War by D.W. Hall
an audiobook review by Steven Brandt
It's 1938, and America is at war. This is not the war in Europe that we are all familiar
with, however. The United Slav Army, in a surprise attack on the American west coast, quickly gained a large
foothold, encompassing most of California, and massacring the entire population of San Francisco in the
process. The beleaguered American forces are barely hanging on against the overwhelming technology of the
Slavs, but a new secret weapon just might turn the tide.
Werewolf Players Guide edited by Ed Hall and Allison Sturms
reviewed by Alexander von Thorn
This is a must-buy for anybody interested in the Werewolf: the
Apocalypse game. Almost everything in this book is new material, with
little overlap with the core rule book. It's an excellent comprehensive
reference for players, as well as a good broad expansion set for gamemasters.
The Dragon's Tooth by Martin Hall
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
This is the tale of a dragon with a toothache and Mostril, the boy he befriends.
You'll also encouner pirates, shipwrecks, warring countries, and dangerous
seas. When Mostril and Su-Yashi (the captain's dauntless daughter) find
themselves alone and in danger, it's going to take all of the courage and
ingenuity the young pair can muster to rescue themselves and the
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
reviewed by Seamus Sweeney
Edgar Allen Poe was once described by James Russell Lowell as "three-fifths genius, two-fifths sheer fudge" (and
who reads James Russell Lowell today, one might ask?). It might be a stretch to call any segment of this book
genius, but the second three-fifths certainly pass the fudge test. The first 130 pages, however, are
gripping. "Gripping" is one of those over-used terms of critical praise, but every so often a piece of prose exerts a physical power to keep one
reading. The Raw Shark Texts has this in spades.
Journal of a UFO Investigator by David Halperin
an audiobook review by Dale Darlage
Danny Shapiro's world is crashing down around him. His mother is slowly dying from heart disease. His
father does not understand him. He is Jewish in the heavily Christian suburbs and as he gets older
this is becoming much more of an issue. He cannot date the girl he wants to date because she is not
Jewish and it would crush his already weak mother. His family is Jewish but does not attend services
so Danny does not feel the comfort of ancient traditions. Danny is alienated, to say the least. His
one and only outlet is his journal of his experiences with UFOs and UFO research.
To Kill An Eidolon by W.F. Halsey
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Even before she arrives, a committee is debating whether
Susan will be allowed to live, or if she too must be terminated. Though it sounds like a tough decision, it is
one the Insiders have faced many times before. Their unique work in the eradication of diseases is too important
to let anyone interfere.
Sisters of the Raven by Barbara Hambly
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
In the Realm of the Seven Lakes, magic is dying. Or so fear the men, in whom the world's magic has always, exclusively, been
born. But reluctant as they are to admit the dwindling of their powers, the male mages are even more unwilling to acknowledge
the fact that the sorcerous ability they are losing isn't actually vanishing from the world, but only awakening in different vessels: women.
Dragonstar by Barbara Hambly
reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer
John and Jenny were both left hanging at the end of the last book of this series, Knight of the Demon Queen. John
Aversin, Thane of the Winterlands is the only living man to have ever killed a dragon, and the only one ever to have
befriended one. Jenny, his wife, is a mage whose powers where stripped from her during one of the previous books. We meet
John again on the eve of his execution for trafficking with demon --- a charge he can hardly deny since he did make a deal
with the Demon Queen to help free his wife and son.
Sleep Traveler by Marcus Hame
an audiobook review by Bonnie L. Norman
Brenden, a moderately talented musician, has had a series of recurring dreams his entire
life, one of a boy in the 1900s and the other of an amazing musical prodigy in the future year of 2020. He
comes to believe that some entity is trying to communicate with him through these strange dreams.
The Metal Giants and Others by Edmond Hamilton
reviewed by Dave Truesdale
For a dozen years now Stephen Haffner and his Haffner Press have been tirelessly devoted to resurrecting for the first
time, the complete short works of Jack Williamson, Leigh Brackett, and Edmond
Hamilton. Not just throwing together and reprinting the stories, which would have been a worthwhile, albeit monumental,
task in and of itself, but going to great pains in preserving them in beautiful, deluxe, hardcover editions.
The Mountain of Long Eyes by Thomas Wm. Hamilton
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
If readers liked the stories of Damon Knight, then these will be similarly welcomed. This
is a collection of mainly science fiction short stories with a few fantasy ones thrown in to balance them out. The
first story in the book is one of the most deceptive as it leads you to believe they will all be the same, but when
you bear in mind these were written for magazines, you see where the subtle humour comes from, and also the serious nature of some of them.
Ex-KOP by Warren Hammond
reviewed by Michael M Jones
Juno Mozambe is a bad man on a bad planet. Formerly the leg-breaker and chief enforcer for Paul Chang, the ruthless
chief of the Koba Office of Police, he was forced into retirement after things went sour in a big way a short time
ago. Now he acts as a private investigator, taking nasty cases involving even nastier people, all of his money
going towards hospital bills to help heal his grievously-hurt wife.