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Noir Noir by K.W. Jeter
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
In a dark, dystopian, near-future world, a specialist in the investigation and punishment of intellectual property theft is called in to investigate a murder. Thus begins this rich and fascinating book with considerable depth and many challenging ideas.

The Mandalorian Armor The Mandalorian Armor by K.W. Jeter
reviewed by A.L. Sirois
This novel is easy to read, makes absolutely no demands on the reader, includes plenty of chases, laser battles, intrigues and double-crosses, and ends with a good cliff-hanger. If you like Star Wars books, this one delivers the goods; if you don't, it won't change your mind.

Genius Squad Genius Squad by Catherine Jinks
reviewed by Charlene Brusso
A few months following the destruction of the infamous Axis Institute, the university for young villains-in-training created by international mad scientist and all-around bad guy Phineas Darkkon. At present, Darkkon is missing, his nefarious right-hand-man Prosper English is sitting in an Australian jail cell, and their unwilling protege fifteen-year-old computer genius Cadel Piggott, has been dumped in yet another foster home. Adding to Cadel's unstable life, he's living in legal limbo, his citizenship as uncertain as his parentage, under the constant shadow of police surveillance.

Evil Genius Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
reviewed by Charlene Brusso
Seven-year-old Cadel Piggott is a genius without direction. Cadel LOVES systems: studying them, analyzing them, and -- best of all -- breaking them. His adoptive parents don't know what to do with him, and neither do his teachers. The local police just have one suggestion: find something to keep the boy occupied or he'll end up in jail. A referral leads Cadel's desperate parents to Dr. Thaddeus Roth, a somewhat unorthodox, reputedly brilliant, psychologist. Cadel has been to so many shrinks, one more doesn't make much difference -- but Roth is different.

The Technopriests, Book One: Initiation The Technopriests, Book One: Initiation by Alexandro Jodorowsky
reviewed by Susan Dunman
Albino's dream is to become a game creator for the Technoguild so he can create fabulous virtual worlds for the citizens of the galaxy to enjoy. His ultimate dream of becoming the Supreme Technopriest lies in sharp contrast to reality, where he is the unwanted bastard son of a cruel mother interested only in avenging her rape by marauding space pirates.

John Carter John Carter
a blu-ray review by Rick Klaw
After numerous failed attempts and a dreadful direct-to-video 2009 clunker starring Antonio Sabato, Jr. and Traci Lords, the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, A Princess of Mars, finally arrived on the big screen just in time for the story's centennial. Re-christening the tale John Carter, acclaimed animation director Andrew Stanton in his first live-action endeavor created a lush, yet uneven film.

John W. Campbell's Golden Age of Science Fiction John W. Campbell's Golden Age of Science Fiction
a DVD review by Trent Walters
James Gunn's Campbell film, as buttressed by new material from Eric Solstein taping authors who actually knew the man, may shed new light on things. In fact, there may not have been a single movie (book may be too bold a statement) more important to understanding the SF genre released last year. Or perhaps even in the last decade. If you want to write science fiction with science in it, this is one movie you must watch.

Dakota Dreamin' Dakota Dreamin' by Bill Johnson
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
This is a sophisticated collection, palatable to a wide variety of tastes. The writing is of the caliber you should expect from a Hugo Award-winning author. The deep, visceral response may not always be here, but sometimes it's up to the readers to feel it for themselves. Sometimes, it's about what's inside you.

All of Us Are Dying and Other Stories All of Us Are Dying and Other Stories by George Clayton Johnson
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
Some authors just don't get the breaks or the fame. They write excellent material, but 30 years later they are largely forgotten, relegated to the one or two-hit-wonder graveyard. It's particularly true for writers whose work has been mainly screenplays, ghost-writing, or writing unacknowledged for venues such as comic-books or radio serials. This is the case of George Clayton Johnson.

At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories by Kij Johnson
reviewed by Paul Kincaid
Something happened in the last decade. Before that, Kij Johnson was a respected if far from exalted short story writer, who had won the Sturgeon Award for "Fox Magic," which would grow into her first novel, The Fox Woman, but otherwise hadn't really troubled the award ballots. Since then, it is almost impossible to imagine an award shortlist that hasn't featured at least one of her stories, often going on to win.

The Fox Woman The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson
reviewed by Trent Walters
The author's careful attention to language, period and character detail should garner the attention of crossover literary readers as well as fantasy fans -- much as Ray Bradbury and Robert Adams managed to do. This isn't simply the tale of a fox falling in love with a Japanese man, as some reviews may have suggested, nor only a man falling in love with a fox, but also the wife that was caught in between and the taboos that have forced them into this situation.

Supernatural Origins Supernatural Origins by Peter Johnson and Matthew Dow Smith
reviewed by Sandy Auden
John Winchester's wife has been murdered. She was pinned to the ceiling of her son's bedroom then she burst into flames. Nobody believes John when he tries to them how she died, they all believe the tragedy was caused by an electrical fire and that John is just under the emotional stress of grieving for his lost wife. Only one person has an inkling of what really happened and she tracks John down to a bar where he's hustling pool.

American Science Fiction TV: Star Trek, Stargate, and Beyond American Science Fiction TV: Star Trek, Stargate, and Beyond by Jan Johnson-Smith
reviewed by Charlene Brusso
After a brisk and literate introduction to the field of science fiction scholarship, the author provides a provocative chapter linking American history -- specifically the romantic notion of the frontier in the American West -- with science fiction and television. Now, why only cover the last two decades?

The Furnace The Furnace by Timothy S. Johnston
reviewed by Christopher DeFilippis
In the distant year 2401, humanity has spread out across the solar system, governed by the suppressive, authoritarian Confederate Combined Forces. When murder is suspected on SOLEX One, a remote research facility orbiting the sun, the CCF Security Division dispatches Lieutenant Kyle Tanner, its best homicide detective to investigate. But more murders occur in the wake of Tanner's arrival, including an attempt on Tanner's own life. In the investigation that proceeds, Kyle uncovers a shocking threat that could not only claim the rest of the station crew, but humanity itself.

Gullah Folktales from the Georgia Coast Gullah Folktales from the Georgia Coast by Charles Colcock Jones, Jr.
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
Like it or not, it was white men like Jones and Joel Chandler Harris who first preserved the pre-emancipation folklore of African Americans. But with today's political correctness even Disney's Song of the South (1946), based on Harris' Uncle Remus tales and winner of two Academy Awards, remains unreleased on video in North America (though it is available in Europe and Asia in PAL format). For all the unsavouriness of Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. the man, he did collect some very amusing and entertaining African American tales which, as Susan Miller Williams points out in her Foreword, continue to be read and interpreted in new ways, even today.

The Stone and the Maiden The Stone and the Maiden by Dennis Jones
reviewed by Jeri Wright
This is a charming quest fantasy. A likeable pair of lovers journey through a war torn land in search of an enchantment strong enough to defeat an evil wizard. An enjoyable read, it's an easy page-turner with a smooth, compulsive style -- a mixture of epic world-building and the more personal story of Mandine and Key.

Diana Wynne Jones

Men of Tomorrow Men of Tomorrow by Gerard Jones
reviewed by Hank Luttrell
There are many complications when trying to write a history like this. In a novel, well known stories and legends could become ingredients without wondering just how true they were. He, the author has to consider conflicting versions of the history, and whether familiar legends of the comics' creation have any basis in fact. Some details may not be clear, and some parts of this history are controversial.

Gwyneth Jones

The Desert of Souls The Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones
reviewed by Rich Horton
Dabir and Asim are both members of the household of Jaffar, a prominent judge in Baghdad and an associate of the caliph. Asim is the Captain of Jaffar's guards, and Asim is the tutor to Jaffar's beautiful -- and very intelligent -- young niece, Sabirah. Attempting to raise Jaffar's spirits after the death of his beloved parrot, the two happen upon an escaping thief, and recover a valuable ancient door pull. Dabir soon realizes that the door pull is connected with the disappeared ancient city of Ubar.

A Fortress of Grey Ice A Fortress of Grey Ice by J.V. Jones
reviewed by William Thompson
The novel opens rather dramatically with new characters and settings, then moves quickly to Ash March's abrupt and covert departure from Raif in order to join the Sull. Left with the Listener, Raif finds himself alone, now abandoned by clan and friend, cut off from everyone and everything that he loves. Embittered and resentful of the lore that claims him as Watcher of the Dead, Raif will wander the edge of the Want until he finds the only group willing to accept an outcast and renegade, the outlaw Maimed Men.

A Cavern of Black Ice A Cavern of Black Ice by J.V. Jones
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
As the first book in a trilogy, this book hints at the true story that will drive them all. While the plot of ancient dark magics is central to the tale, the author does a wonderful job of keeping the reader just a bit unsure of who is key to the story and which characters are going to survive its telling.

The Book of Words The Book of Words by J.V. Jones
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
The series is filled with all sorts of delightful nuances that capture the attention of the reader and elevate it far above standard fantasy fare.

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