Dogs by Nancy Kress
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
It's the familiar, everyday things in life which, if they suddenly turn on you, can be the most frightening. The author
evidently knows this very well, because in her latest novel, a taut thriller, she takes that
beloved object of American affection, the family dog, and turns it into a carrier of terror, chaos, and international
Dragonforge by James Maxey
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
Some time in the far future, after the presumed collapse of human society,
sentient dragons, who reproduce through a strict system of eugenics, rule the world and humans are largely
slaves. But Albekizan, the evil dragon tyrant is killed during a human rebellion and his son, the heir to
the dragon throne wishes to enact policies of human/dragon cooperation. However a number of forces including
the heir's own brush with power, an insane and murderous uncle, and a mad human prophet bent on annihilating
the dragon race are derailing this project.
The Cold Minds by Kristin Landon
reviewed by Michael M Jones
It has been centuries since the malevolent machine intelligences known as the Cold Minds conquered Earth and sent the
remnants of humanity fleeing into the depths of space, where they established a refuge in the form of the
Hidden Worlds. There, humanity has built itself a new home, but it's by no means a paradise. The Pilot Masters, an elite
caste who hold the secret of interworld and interstellar travel in an iron grip. And somewhere out
there, the Cold Minds are still looking to finish the job of subjugating the human race.
From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
reviewed by John Enzinas
The story starts slowly with Sookie working a wedding
where she gets hassled by an ex and she meets a couple of mysterious strangers. From
there the story explodes in to a collection of threads including a hostile takeover attempt by vampires
from Las Vegas, a clan war between rival werewolf packs in the next town over, fighting a smear campaign
initiated by an angry shape changer, meeting her house mate's family and resolving her brother's marital discord.
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Narrated by Stephen Briggs
an audio review podcast by Brian Price
Stepping away from his Discworld universe, Terry Pratchett has written a children's book that will appeal to
both kids and adults. When a mile-high tidal wave crashes through the South Seas, 13-year year old native
islander Mau and 13-year-old English castaway Daphne believe they are the sole survivors this cataclismic
change has brought to their perspective worlds.
Click on link to get the MP3 podcast file.
No Dominion by Charlie Huston
an audiobook review by Jennifer McCann
Joe is back to his old tricks, trying to stay flush with the blood and the bling, while also keeping a low profile
with the other Vyrus infected factions. One night while hanging out at his favorite bar, Joe comes into contact
with another victim of the Vyrus who appears to be wigged out on some kind of new drug called Anathema. Since
the Vyrus cancels out every other stimulant, this gets Joe's attention.
The Little Book by Selden Edwards
an audiobook review by Sarah Trowbridge
Who is Wheeler Burden and why does he suddenly find himself transported from 1988 San Francisco to 1897 Vienna? From
the opening paragraphs, the reader wants to know. In the course of the next 15 hours,
the story unfolds over various decades, tying together the stories of Wheeler, his mother Flora and his father
Dilly, his grandmother Eleanor, the legendary prep-school teacher Arnauld Esterhazy, and many supporting characters
in both centuries.
Of Wind and Sand by Sylvie Bérard
reviewed by Paul Kincaid
The premise is that a human ship has landed on the planet the passengers christen
Mars II. Ostensibly the ship is there for repair, though we never learn how it was damaged, we see no attempt to
effect repairs, and later the ship will take off with no apparent problem. Instead, the humans decide to settle,
and immediately embark upon a war with the race of intelligent lizards who inhabit the planet.
Star Trek TNG: Greater than the Sum by Christopher L. Bennett
reviewed by Michael M Jones
Time and again, Starfleet has encountered, fought, even defeated the Borg, but always at a great cost. The most
recent Borg incursion cost numerous lives, and saw the USS Einstein assimilated and transformed into a new kind
of vessel for a much more aggressive, even vindictive breed of Borg. Now the Einstein seems to be on the verge
of capturing a form of "quantum slipstream" technology, which would allow it near-instantaneous teleportation
across vast distances.
Powers: Secret Histories by John Berlyne
an article by Rodger Turner
I still remember when I was reading Dinner at Deviant's Palace (1984) by Tim
Powers for the first time. After some 27 years of reading SF, I thought it would be hard to startle
me with ideas and amaze me with plot. Sure, I could become engrossed with a sense of wonder and be charmed
by a delightful turn of phrase. But I had read a lot of books and it didn't seem like there
could be more. Boy, I was young and stupid. I found a number of treasures and surprises in
Dinner at Deviant's Palace and Tim Powers became one of my favourite writers on the spot.
Dead Reign by T.A. Pratt
The Turtle Moves!: Discworld's Story So Far by Lawrence Watt-Evans
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
The story begins with a cranky old necromancer named Ayers, recently released from the Blackwing Institute
for insane sorcerers, going back to his old ways. Ayers is grave robbing, against the orders of
Marla Mason. When things don't work out the way that Ayers wants, he uses blackmail against one of Felport's
leading sorcerers, to obtain a mummy.
No former resident of Egypt, the body is purported to be the remains of Abraham Lincoln's assassin.
Emissaries From The Dead by Adam-Troy Castro
reviewed by Michael M Jones
Somewhere in deep interstellar space, the enigmatic faction of machine intelligences known as the AISource have
constructed a monumentally huge habitat designated One One One, which they've filled with a bizarre, near-uninhabitable
ecosystem and a collection of engineered species. Of chief interest among these species are the Brachiators, a sentient,
violent race inhabiting the topmost portion of the habitat, dwelling among the Undergrowth.
Stonefather by Orson Scott Card
reviewed by Steven H Silver
The despised youngest child from a large family, Runnel decides one day to leave his mountain country village. Allowing his
feet to carry him, he soon finds himself in the strange lowland city of Mitherhome.
Runnel moves from being a ninth, and unwanted child in his mountainous village to being a servant in one of
Mitherhome's suburbs. While there, Runnel learn more about the ways of the city and its strange form of magic.
Masks by Ray Bradbury
reviewed by Mario Guslandi
Fascinated by carved masks (of which he had assembled a remarkable collection) and intrigued by the concept of
masks as a symbol of the way people conceal their true nature and their deepest feelings when facing, day in
day out, the cruelty of the world they are living in, Bradbury conceived and tried to write a novel in the
period between 1945 and 1950.
a column by Rick Klaw and Mark London Williams
On November 8, 2008, Rick Klaw attended his first comic book convention in almost a decade. Throughout
the 90s, when he served as the managing editor for Blackbird Comics and Mojo Press, he
frequented as many as seven cons per year, primarily in Dallas, Houston, Chicago, and San
Diego. When Mojo Press began to dissolve in the fall of 1997, Rick whittled his convention
schedule down to the local literary gathering, Armadillocon, and few random World Fantasy Cons.
Since then, he has re-invented his professional persona from an editor and comic book writer
to a columnist, reviewer, and pop culture critic.
News Spotlight -- Genre Books and Media
a column by Sandy Auden
Virgin Books Editor (and author) Adam Nevill talks about the re-emergence of
horror books in the UK; author Toby Frost reveals the inner workings of the
British Space Empire and the significance of tea in God Emperor of Didcot; editor
Tony Lee on the upgraded Premonitions: Causes For Alarm publication;
and Sam Stone talks vampires in Killing Kiss.
compiled by Neil Walsh
The books are arriving fast and furious to the SF Site office. Some of the highlights among our newest arrivals include forthcoming titles from Bruce Sterling, Sarah Ash, Kelley Armstrong, and Ray Bradbury, plus the latest from Dean Koontz, David Drake, Jane Lindskold, and Orson Scott Card, as well as new collections of classic works from Robert E. Howard, Robert Silverberg, L. Ron Hubbard, and C.L. Moore. All this, and plenty more!
TV reviews by Rick Norwood
Rick has been thinking about the questions raised on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and
the likely future of Heroes.
He also gives us a list of what SF is on TV in December.
reviewed by John Enzinas
This book, to quote the author, is "light and fluffy literary criticism." It is a
light examination of Terry Pratchett's Discworld
series written by someone who lets his love for the series and his admiration for Mr. Pratchett show clearly.