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Evening's Empires Evening's Empires by Paul McAuley
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
It's been fifteen hundred years since The Quiet War, and the evening's empires, as Bob Dylan put it, "have returned into sand." The once solar-system encompassing civilization has fractured and decayed, leaving a multitude of smaller communities living amongst the ruins. Gajananvihari Pilot, better known as Hari, and his family are scavengers, roaming the system for salvaged technology and supplies. It's a pretty good life until their ship is attacked and stolen, leaving Hari, marooned, as the only known survivor.

The Ape Man's Brother The Ape Man's Brother by Joe R. Lansdale
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
This slim work, written in the first person as a recollection of events, may or may not be true. The narrator is the brother of the title, and the sibling to whom he refers is, as most people will already have guessed, an alternate take on the most famous ape man of all. In deference to the author, we shall also refrain from using his theatrical name. Also playing prominent roles in this tale are several of the characters familiar to anyone who has previously encountered the Hollywood Ape Man's legend, in movies and full length novels.

Tempt the Stars Tempt the Stars by Karen Chance
reviewed by Katherine Petersen
As per usual, Cassie Palmer has a half-assed plan at best which starts with the idea of going back in time to ask her mother how to wrest John Pritkin from his demon father's clutches. Nothing goes as planned, and the book has the nonstop action that fans have come to expect and enjoy. Throw in some humor for balance and also give hints to the growth in Cassie and Pritkin's relationship and we're off. Mircea, on the other hand, hardly makes any appearances in this installment.

Into the Woods Into the Woods by Kim Harrison
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
Readers of Kim Harrison's novels will have some idea of what to expect with her latest offering of short and long stories which are based either in or out of the Hollows. They feature bounty hunter and witch heroine, Rachel Morgan, and includes a special Hollows novella. This is a large book, so her fiction is more novella than short stories, and it takes the reader through her realms where nothing is what it seems when elves and other beings lurk in the shadows.

Nascence: 17 Stories That Failed and What They Taught Me Ersatz Wines Nascence: 17 Stories That Failed and What They Taught Me by Tobias Buckell and Ersatz Wines by Christopher Priest
reviewed by Trent Walters
Both collections deal with the category of literature known as juvenilia: works written before the writer came into his full maturity. Both writers deal with the idea that the point of the book is just to make some money, but they also believe their mistakes may help beginning writers. Buckell is more contemporary and aware of the current speculative scene while Priest's concerns are more literary, yet both give useful insight into the process of maturing as a writer.

Exogene Exogene by T.C. McCarthy
an audiobook review by Dale Darlage
Exogene is a hell of a science fiction novel but to call it a sci-fi novel is to undersell it. It is a hell of a war novel, but to call it a war novel is also underselling it. It really is the story of a woman finding out what it is to love, to be loved and to know where one stands with God -- in short, to be human. But that seriously undersells this book and makes a violent tale of war, genetic mutation and out-of-control science sound like some piece of warm and fuzzy chick lit. It is certainly not that. So, what is it?

Nexus Graphica Nexus Graphica
a column by Rick Klaw and Mark London Williams
It's been a rough month at the Texas offices of Nexus Graphica, both personally and nationally. Thankfully, graphic novels seems to help Rick Klaw alleviate some of the doldrums, especially titles such as March: Book One, Thor: Season One and The Black Beetle Volume 1: No Way Out.

New Arrivals New Arrivals
compiled by Neil Walsh
It's a short list this time, but you're bound to find something interesting here such as books from Tony Ballantyne, Paul Crilley, Christopher Golden, Tom Lloyd, Mike Resnick and Robert T. Garcia. Happy reading!


Beyond the Wall Beyond the Wall edited by James Lowder
reviewed by Hank Luttrell
This book is a collection of essays subtitled "Exploring George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire." In one, Daniel Abraham's "Same Song in a Different Key" is a first hand account of his work adapting the books for a successful comic book series being published by Dynamite. A very hands-on account, it gives details of the process unique to this project, and also provides interesting suggestions about how comic book adaptations can be approached in general.

Second Looks

In the Mouth of the Whale In the Mouth of the Whale by Paul McAuley
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
Fomalhaut was first settled by the Quick, who used biotech to adapt their environment and themselves. The True came later, found the Quick to be easy pickings, and set up an aristocratic culture with themselves as the aristocrats. Now both are threatened by mysterious newcomers, the Ghosts, whose goal is altering history to make themselves the winners. Meanwhile, in an Amazon rain forest, a Child is growing up.

A Princess of Mars: The Annotated Edition & New Tales of the Red Planet A Princess of Mars: The Annotated Edition & New Tales of the Red Planet by Edgar Rice Burroughs, annotations by Aaron Parrett
reviewed by David Maddox
John Carter's multiple world spanning adventures have become legend in the annals of heroic, action literature. Battling hordes of enemies on the mysterious world of Barsoom, the Warlord of Mars has left his mark on classic literature that has inspired the stories and adventures that we enjoy today.

Railsea Railsea by China Miéville
reviewed by Paul Kincaid
It seems likely, in years to come, someone who has read Railsea in their youth upon picking up a copy of Herman Melville's Moby Dick and thinking to themselves: Hang on, I've already read this! For the first third or so of the novel, China Miéville is fairly true to his source material. The setting is transformed from the southern oceans to a landscape criss-crossed by a seemingly infinite number of railway lines. Trains of many kinds run on these lines, but the one we're particularly interested in is the equivalent of a whaler, hunting for the gigantic beasts that live under the soil: rats and antlions and especially the mole or moldywarpe.


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