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Donnerjack Donnerjack by Roger Zelazny and Jane Lindskold
reviewed by Neil Walsh
The world of the future has been split: the virtual reality of the worldwide computer network that has come to life. Or is it the collective unconscious of humanity? Zelazny makes us wonder.

Donnerjack is one of the novels Zelazny was working on at the time of his death two years ago. It is a return to the themes and ideals of some of Zelazny's greatest works, such as Lord of Light and Creatures of Light and Darkness.

Sewer, Gas & Electric Sewer, Gas & Electric by Matt Ruff
reviewed by Leon Olszewski
In the novel, set twenty-six years from now, you'll meet an outrageous cast of characters, including a hurricane lamp that contains the holographic image and personality of Ayn Rand and a cybernetic beaver. Leon feels that readers who can take a joke will have a fun time.

Book Releases August Book Releases
compiled by John O'Neill & Todd Ruthman
Our in-depth look at the SF, Fantasy and Horror titles released in August includes Stephen King's fourth novel in his Dark Tower series, Wizard & Glass, Winter Tides by the always-rewarding James P. Blaylock the paperback release of A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin and one with plenty of bold new ideas, Peter F. Hamilton's The Reality Dysfunction, Part Two: Expansion.

The Man In The High Castle Philip K. Dick Reading List
compiled by Rodger Turner
This is the sixth installment of a ten part series putting together a reading list of Philip K. Dick's novels and short fiction.

Slippage Slippage by Harlan Ellison
reviewed by Thomas Myer
Good news and bad. Thomas found the stories are Grade-A premium quality, filled with words both unusual and delightful. But he also thinks these stories mark no departure for Ellison.

Blameless in Abaddon Blameless in Abaddon by James Morrow
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Morrow's satirical writings convey the sense of an author who believes in some sort of divine creature (although not necessarily religious) and who is trying, through writing, to understand.

Giant Bones Giant Bones by Peter S. Beagle
reviewed by Stephen M. Davis
Here, you'll find six stories written with a deft hand and a light touch. The stories are tied together only by being part of Beagle's Innkeeper's Song world.

Blood and Chocolate Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
reviewed by Lela Olszewski
Klause looks at conflicts in ways true to the nature of her novel's werewolves but they also remain true to the nature of teenagers.

Humpty Dumpty: AN OVAL Humpty Dumpty: AN OVAL by Damon Knight
reviewed by James Seidman
It is a story that exists on several different levels of meaning. If you try this oddly stimulating book, James suggests that you budget enough time to read it twice slowly.

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror:  Tenth Annual Collection The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Tenth Annual Collection edited by Ellen Datlow & Terry Windling
reviewed by Lucy Snyder
Lucy finds these forty-odd stories spread out like a vast buffet of refined gourmet dishes and exotic sweetmeats (and not a single bit of cheese or corn to be found anywhere).

Ghost Story Ghost Story by Julian F.Thompson
reviewed by Margo MacDonald
Margo can't say that this is a book she would recommend. What worries her is that young girls reading this novel may go away with the wrong message.

Beneath the Vaulted Hills Beneath the Vaulted Hills by Sean Russell
reviewed by Rodger Turner
Lord Eldrich, the last of the Mages, is on a tear and woe betide those who stand in his way. The priests who want to end his life, the cult who want his secrets and the minions who do his bidding all struggle to come to grips with the end of an era.

Jack Faust Jack Faust by Michael Swanwick
reviewed by Steven H Silver
It begins as a highly innovative retelling of Johann Faust's legend. Unfortunately, the momentum slows and Faust's descent into amorality loses steam along the way. But it's worth reading, despite this.

Boddekker's Demons Boddekker's Demons by Joe Clifford Faust
reviewed by James Seidman
Fed up with target advertising? Here is a fanciful and humorous tale with an underlying story which is a disturbingly plausible parody of modern fame and commercialism.

Star Trek: Federation Travel Guide Star Trek: Federation Travel Guide by Michael Jan Friedman
reviewed by Lela Olszewski
Lela plays tourist with this trip planner featuring such exotic places as the Klingon homeworld, Cardassia Prime, and Vulcan, Shiralea VI and Bajor.

Kar Kalim Kar Kalim by Deborah Christian
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Christian does have ideas for interesting worlds and civilizations. But Steven found the narrator so dislikable he waited for Inya to receive her just desserts.

Mech The Battletech Universe
a survey by John O'Neill
Giant battling robots? Virtual reality centers? Is this science fiction or toy merchandising? John has an in-depth look at the rich universe that has spawned over thirty novels, the MechWarrior computer games, and even a trading card game.

First Novels

Going Through the Gate Going Through the Gate by Janet S. Anderson
reviewed by Jennifer & Chris Goheen
Jennifer found it suspenseful and strange in a realistic way. Chris, Jennifer's dad, thought it should go over well with younger readers who enjoy fantasy and suspense.

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