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7 Billion Needles, Volume 1 7 Billion Needles, Volume 1 by Nobuaki Tadano
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
Just an ordinary teen, Hikaru lives her life through hearing, and the only thing she hears is the sound of the music on her MP3 player, uninterested in the real-life world around her at school, at home or in the street. One day she has a disruption in her headphones, she goes outside to see what the trouble is and is met by a skeletal form known as Horizon who infects her bloodstream and controls her actions. The invader is an alien being, though it isn't the bad guy she thinks he is and he wants her to save humanity.


Tales from the Secret City: A Cryptopolis Anthology Tales from the Secret City: A Cryptopolis Anthology
reviewed by David Hebblethwaite
Cryptopolis -- a writers' group based in Austin, Texas -- offers us an anthology of ten stories by its members, each introduced by another contributor. The book is elevated above the status of back-slapping exercise by actually being pretty good, yet at the same time, it's frustratingly not good enough to be much more than pretty good. It seems that three of the stories go the extra distance to become something quite special; the other seven are interesting, but stop a little short.

Killing Time / Sensing Others Killing Time / Sensing Others by Frank Tallis
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
Here are 2 novels of the urban underbelly set in modern day London. Both are very marginally science fiction... scientist-fiction might be a better term, given the author's other career. Both are certainly not juvenile material, with graphic though not gratuitous sex and violence. Having read them, Georges ponders what genre they belong to: science fiction, psychological thriller, noir, or realistic novels of the urban underbelly?

Valley of the Sugars of Salt Valley of the Sugars of Salt by Anna Tambour
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
Married life for Tim Thorburn hasn't been good, but his business has been, and he has a new idea for his next business venture. He wants to be known as The Man Who Rediscovered the Medlar. Yet in going out into the countryside to produce award winning fruit, he never thought he would get all the help he could muster from the most unusual sources. Tim is one of life's dreamers, and would love nothing more than to be a grower of the most unusual fruit imaginable.

Spotted Lily Spotted Lily by Anna Tambour
reviewed by Rich Horton
Angela Pendergast is a 30ish Australian woman who has moved from her family's ranch in the bush to the big city. She wants to be a Writer, specifically a Bestselling Writer, but she finds it hard to actually get down to writing her Novel. Put simply, she wants to Have Written, not to write. She has a part-time job at a New Age bookstore, and she lives in a house with a few roommates. Then the Devil shows up. He wants to be the new roomer -- but more than that, he offers her a deal.

Sex in the System Sex in the System edited by Cecilia Tan
reviewed by Martin Lewis
There is a difference between dealing with sex and being sexy. Joe Haldeman opens and closes the collection with two pieces, neither of which could be described as hot. The first, "The Future Of Sex: A Garden Of Unearthly Delights," is a piece of light comic erotic SF verse. Thankfully that isn't a description you have to use too frequently. The second, "More Than The Sum Of His Parts," is more typical of the fare on offer.

Best Fantastic Erotica Best Fantastic Erotica edited by Cecilia Tan
reviewed by Mario Guslandi
Who doesn't like a good, well told, piece of erotic fiction? And if eroticism blends with horror or science fiction that's even better, an exciting mix of strong emotions, a feast for the imagination, a load of adrenaline able to make us forget the grey colours of everyday's reality and to expand the boundaries of daily life. So here we have a promising anthology deceivingly named Best Fantastic Erotica.

Sex in the System Sex in the System by Cecilia Tan
reviewed by Donna McMahon
Science fiction arose from a prudish tradition and, though sex scenes are now common, that sex often seems contemporary and far less considered than other aspects of science fictional worldbuilding. Meanwhile, the mainstream of erotic literature is sadly deficient in imagination and technological savvy. This is a sophisticated collection of erotic stories that explore the strange intersections between sex, culture and technology, both straight and gay.

Judith Tarr

Household Gods Household Gods by Judith Tarr and Harry Turtledove
reviewed by Rich Horton
Nicole Gunther-Perrin is a recently divorced lawyer in present-day Los Angeles. Her life seems to be falling apart. Her husband left her for a blond bimbo. Her daycare provider just quit. And she has been passed over for a partnership at her law firm, while the man she has just collaborated with got his partnership. Everything in our world seems slanted against women. So she makes a half-hearted prayer to a plaque featuring the Roman gods Liber and Libera to send her back to Ancient Rome, where, she imagines, women had equal status with men. And they comply...

The Safety of Unknown Cities The Safety of Unknown Cities by Lucy Taylor
reviewed by Alisa McCune
Our heroine, Val, is most definitely damaged, but we certainly can relate to her. Her mother, Lettie starts the novel off by gouging out her eyes with a spoon. This act sets the tone of the book and foreshadows what is to come. Val leads a very nomadic life. She travels from one city to another, from one bed to another, in search of a 'new' thrill -- something that will fill the void inside of herself. From whispers and gossip, Val learns of a place called the 'City,' a place that makes Sodom and Gomorrah look like Little House of the Prairie.

Confessions of a Thug Confessions of a Thug by Philip Meadows Taylor
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
You might think a 160-year-old novel isn't really topical in today's world of gang crime, serial killers and dangerous religious cults. Well, meet Ameer Ali, Thug, confessed though non-penitent murderer of close to 750 people, adventurer, free-booter, leader amongst many in a close-knit secret religious community practising ritual mass murder under the auspices of the goddess Kali. It may remind you a bit of movies like Gunga Din or Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, or you may see a hint of Rudyard Kipling or Talbot Mundy.

The Boy Who Could Fly Without A Motor The Boy Who Could Fly Without A Motor by Theodore Taylor
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
Splendidly titled, this is a story in the life of Jonathan Jeffers. He's fifty-two pounds, four-feet-two-inches tall and only nine-years-old. Jon lives with his parents, in a small cottage on Clementine Rock, some nineteen miles off the coast of California. Jon's father is the lighthouse keeper. It's a lonely life on the rock, with no other children and only his faithful dog, Smacks, to keep him company. Until, that is, Jon meets a strange figure on the beach. This turns out to be the Great Ling Wu, a Chinese magician who is long dead.

The Man on the Ceiling The Man on the Ceiling by Melanie Tem & Steve Rasnic Tem
reviewed by Mario Guslandi
Originally published as a chapbook in 2000, it won the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Award and the World Fantasy Award. The present volume is an expanded version, incorrectly defined "a novel." Truth be told, this book defies any label in terms of both literary form and genre definition. A cross between fiction and autobiography, more mainstream than horror, this collaborative work represents a fascinating puzzle, a unique example in the recent dark literature.

Naming of Parts / The Man On The Ceiling / Dead Cat Bounce Naming of Parts by Tim Lebbon, The Man On The Ceiling by Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem and Dead Cat Bounce by Gerard Houarner
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Naming of Parts is a tale that strikes at the heart in a way no other zombie stories can ever approach. The Man On The Ceiling is for those who have never experienced the heart-stopping panic of night terrors. Dead Cat Bounce is the kind of book you lend to friends, just to see if you can appall them.

Immodest Proposals Immodest Proposals by William Tenn
reviewed by Nick Gevers
One of NESFA's worthiest projects yet is a two-volume Complete SF of William Tenn, of which this is the first installment. To discover, or rediscover, these remarkable stories from the 40s and 50s is to realize all over again just how fresh and powerful the SF published in the pulp magazines could be: how open its world-view was, how flexible its conventions and "sense of wonder" were in the hands of laconic witty philosophers like William Tenn.

Faerie Gold
Faerie Gold edited by Marcie Lynn Tentchoff and Raechel Henderson
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
It collects a number of high quality new short works of "classical" modern fantasy. "Classical" in the sense that they are more in tune with the mood and style of authors like Cabell, Dunsany, Eddison, or Morris than with that of much of current fantasy. With a mix of poetry, short stories and a multi-media narrative, the reader is offered a pleasant alternative to the current spate of multi-volume fat-novels, making an excellent venue for the oft-neglected shorter forms of fantasy.

The Goblin Market The Goblin Market edited by Marcie Lynn Tentchoff and Raechel Henderson
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
Its content does tend to hearken back to the lush prose-poems and imagery of writers like James Branch Cabell, E.R. Eddison, William Morris, Clark Ashton Smith. While most of today's fantasy writers minimize their atmosphere and pseudo-mediaeval imagery, it is nice that there are still writers emulating the prose-poetry of the past masters.

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