Imprinting by Terry McGarry & This Impatient Ape by Steven Utley
reviewed by S. Kay Elmore
Kay speculates that it's hard to not be intimidated by poetry. But the authors
of both books are approachable, sprinkling their poems with wit, humour and insight.
Both of these books are not the least bit difficult, nor are they intimidating in any sense.
The Brain Eater's Bible by J.D. McGhoul and Pat Kilbane
reviewed by David Maddox
The book itself is a must if you're a zombie-phile or looking to become one of the undead, provided you're lucky
enough to retain most of your cognitive functions. It tells the story of a lab tech named J.D. who, having become
infected with the PACE virus, embraces his zombiness and creates this literature to help others of his kind in the
coming war between mankind and zombie.
After the Apocalypse by Maureen F. McHugh
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
What do you do next after the zombies have moved into town? After the chicken nugget epidemic, or the global
economic collapse? That question or a variation thereof, is faced by every character here in
In a way, any large enough catastrophe is an apocalypse of sorts, leaving lives altered in its wake, with
survivors who still need to live in a changed world.
Nekropolis by Maureen F. McHugh
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
The author tackles the touchy subject of life in a fundamentalist theocracy. Gender bias, genetic bias, and ancient
traditions combine for a society that leaves little room for personal preference, and no chance of forgiveness. Hariba, at the young age of
26, has seen her life and future shattered by her brother's illegal actions. Her lesser-of-two-evils choice is to submit docilely to a form of slavery
that will comprise the rest of her life.
Mission Child by Maureen McHugh
reviewed by Jean-Louis Trudel
The novel's opening showcases all the author's strengths as she brings to life the character of Janna, a mission
child on a strange planet. A daughter of the world's native inhabitants, she has grown up within the confines
of the small Earth mission. In quick succession, she is faced with the arrival of "outrunners," young unattached
men from a nearby clan, a near rape, the shooting of her father, and the looting of the mission by the "outrunners."
Mission Child by Maureen F. McHugh
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
Fans of the author's first two novels should find this novel to be better
than either of the previous two. Newcomers to
McHugh's writing will find the novel to be the work of a mature writer,
full of ideas and interesting characters.
Outcasts by Vonda N. McIntyre
reviewed by Trent Walters
This ebook collection -- a novella grouped with two shorter stories -- is one which encompasses
characters trapped in miserable circumstances: sometimes without choice, sometimes by their own
devising. "Screwtop" is the prison labor camp located on Redsun, surrounded by volcanoes and marshes,
making escape so impossible that the guards seem unworried when prisoners try to escape.
The Moon and The Sun by Vonda N. McIntyre
reviewed by Catherine Asaro
Guest reviewer Catherine Asaro looks at this award-winning novel set in
Versailles, France, in 1693, which tells the story of Marie-Josephe, a
lady-in-waiting to the niece of Louis XIV -- the Sun King -- and her
brother, the King's natural philosopher and explorer. He has brought the
King a living sea woman and a dead male, both captured on an ocean voyage.
So begins a rich tale of conscience, politics, science, history, and love -- and one of Catherine's picks for the Best Book of 1998.
The Moon and the Sun by Vonda N. McIntyre
reviewed by Steven H Silver
The author spends much of the early portion of the novel trying to establish
atmosphere and introduce the characters. Although McIntyre does
a good job of setting the mood, so many characters are thrown at the
reader so quickly, and with such few distinguishing characteristics,
that it is, at times, difficult to keep their identities separate.
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.
Prince of Dreams by Nancy McKenzie
reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer
High King Markion would not wear the crown that unites all of England if not for the bravery of his
nephew, Tristan. In return he is given the crown of Lyoness, which he has been promised for years. Tristan admires King Mark and
wants to support him to keep alive the work that Arthur accomplished before his death -- keeping all of England united. Soon he
begins to suspect that his loyalty is not returned. King Mark is jealous of his power...
Land of Eight Million Dreams by Deena McKinney et al.
a gaming module review by Don Bassingthwaite
A lynch-pin for the Year of the Lotus products, the Shinma have a lot of crossover
potential. Their story crosses that of the Kuei-jin and their concern over
the activities of the Yama Kings to the Kithain of the west, creatures of superficial similarity and
The Lighthouse Land by Adrian McKinty
an audiobook review by Sarah Trowbridge
Talk about a young hero coming up from reduced circumstances. Jamie O'Neill, at age 13, has lost his left arm and
his voice as a result of a bout with bone cancer. The arm was amputated in order to provide a supply of healthy
bone marrow to replace the diseased tissue and save his life, but Jamie was not consulted. He finds himself
and his mother Anna living in a decrepit uptown tenement in New York City, not really making ends
meet. Until one day Anna receives a letter revealing that a distant relative has died and left her the sole heir
to a small island and a lighthouse off the coast of Northern Ireland.
Zom Bee Moo Vee by Mark McLaughlin
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
If you spent any amount of time plunked down in front of the TV on Saturday afternoons, watching Ghoulardi, Dr. Paul
Bearer, Zacherley, or any of the scores of horror movie hosts that brought you your weekly fix of truly bad movies,
you'll recognize the occasional music immediately -- zom bee MOO VEE... zom bee MOO VEE...
Bunker Man by Duncan McLean
reviewed by Chris Donner
A masterful tale of how one man's obsession grows to the point where it
overtakes and obliterates his former personality, turning him into what he
hates. The tension and ambiguity build until the reader is uncertain
whether the protagonist is going mad, whether he is simply evil, or whether
he is actually trying to ward off a genuine threat.
The Cold Kiss of Death by Suzanne McLeod
reviewed by Katherine Petersen
Genevieve (Genny) Taylor works for
Spellcrackers, a witch-owned business, that cleans up magical messes. Genny can crack spells and absorb magic,
but her ability to actually cast spells remains pitifully weak. A ghost, whom Genny calls Cosette, haunts her,
unwanted invitations from vampires flood her mailbox and, while she still has her job at Spellcrackers, powerful
witches want her to move out of her apartment.
The Sweet Scent of Blood by Suzanne McLeod
reviewed by Katherine Petersen
Genevieve (Genny) Taylor works at SpellCrackers.com, a company designed to diffuse magic before it can do
damage. Genny, the only sidhe fae in London, can crack spells and absorb magic, but she can't cast even the
simplest spell. In this magical world that is London but not London, humans and the supernatural mingle together,
so you can buy charms at Witch Central, a downtown market; ride the underground with goblins; or have a troll
as the police detective on a case. And then there are the vampires who have improved their reputation among
humans to celebrity status.
Dance of Knives and Second Childhood by Donna McMahon
reviewed by Alma A. Hromic
Post-global-warming Vancouver is not what it used to be, with water where streets once used to
be and parts of town divided severely into the have and have-not
sections. Certain human beings living in the 22nd
century have been modified in more or less unspeakable ways in order to be useful to others in positions of
power. The main character is a boy who once used to be known as Simon Lau, but who has been wired
up as a data shark and as an enforcer.
Dance of Knives by Donna McMahon
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
Set in a 22nd century North America drastically altered by rises in sea levels,
catastrophic earthquakes, plague pandemics, and the draconian social engineering of the USA, which sought
to solve the problems of poverty and crime by massive relocation of inner-city residents. The city of Vancouver is a
microcosm of these changes but also a vital example of recovery, for it's still a busy seaport,
and the headquarters for the various industry Guilds which are gradually rebuilding the economy of the Pacific Northwest.
Into this chaotic environment comes Klale Renhard, a young Fisher Guildmember tired of her life on
boats and looking for something new. Klale is all set to become a crime statistic until she's saved,
inexplicably, by Blade, a neurally and behaviourally altered "tool" who is more like a deadly automaton than a human being.
Souls in the Great Machine by Sean McMullen
reviewed by Rich Horton
Many years after a disaster called Greatwinter destroyed human civilization, people in what
was once Australia live in smallish city states. Technology includes fairly ingenious mechanical
devices but no electricity or electronics. A central feature of local civilization
is the libraries, where the intelligentsia seem to maintain what records of the past they can.
The Centurion's Empire by Sean McMullen
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Suppose a person were to travel centuries forward at a time, in nothing more
than their own body. Vitellan Bavalius is making the long journey from 71
AD to the 21st century alone -- with a few interesting stops along the way...
The Serpent's Tale edited by Gregory McNamee
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
Snakes, in Western culture, have tended to be portrayed in a less than favourable light: tool of the devil in Genesis, ungrateful
and nasty in European folk tales, engine of suicide for Cleopatra, etc... Besides the fact that snakes are fascinating
animals in terms of their adaptation to environments as dissimilar as sea and desert, as well as with respect to
their physiology, it is not in every culture that they are the pariahs we take them to be. If nothing else,
this collection of 50 accounts of snakes gleaned from all over the world, should open
one's eyes to the wide range of snake-human relationships which have existed across the world and through time.
Alpha Transit by Edward McSweegan
reviewed by Peter D. Tillman
In the mid-22nd century, humankind is taking its first steps into
interstellar space. Two living worlds have been discovered in the Alpha
Centauri system -- one even has sentients, the Bronze-age Troodons. A
small human colony has been established on the other, dubbed Norumbega.
The third starship to Centauri is damaged by a meteorite as it is
decelerating towards Norumbega...