Monthly Archives: August 2011

The End Specialist – Drew Magary

The tagline for The End Specialist by Drew Magary is, “Who wants to live forever?”  My immediate answer is, well, I do.  Who would turn that down, right?  My review copy from Voyager differed slightly with the words, “Immortality Will Kill Us All (Except for me).”  Interesting how a few words could make me reevaluate my… Read more »

Fast Forward 1: Future Fiction from the Cutting Edge – Lou Anders

I don’t read a lot of anthologies.  No particular reason really other than I tend to read them a story at a time in between novels.  Thus they take forever for me to finish, and oftentimes I’ve forgotten the less memorable stories by the time I actually finish the whole collection.  If I were smart,… Read more »

Blackdog – K.V. Johansen

My wife and daughter were out of town this past week so I took the opportunity to really plow through some of my to read pile backlog.  K.V. Johansen’s Blackdog coming out this September is hard to justify as “backlog”, but it’s a title that’s called to me from the first time I laid eyes on… Read more »

Thomas World – Richard Cox

I read Thomas World by Richard Cox while on a plane to San Francisco.  It wasn’t my first choice.  I fully planned on sitting down to read God’s War by Kameron Hurley.  When that didn’t totally grab me, I tried Necropolis by Michael Dempsey (both are also Night Shade titles and both have subsequently become more… Read more »

What I did this weekend…

I haven’t posted in six day, but I have a good excuse.  I flew to San Francisco to spend a long weekend with an old friend (also, the best man at my wedding).  He moved to San Francisco about a year to take a job with LucasArts.  I had to sign a NDA to even… Read more »

A novel about J.R.R. Tolkein?

Over at Bleeding Cool there was an article on Monday about a novel called Mirkwood, by Steve Hillard.  I’d never heard of Mirkwood and Hillard, but apparently the novel features J.R.R. Tolkein as a main character.  Earlier this year it was reported that the Tolkein Estate was in a legal battle with Hillard to have all copies of… Read more »

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

I had a feeling when I finished Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline that my review was going to be a personal one.  This can happen when the protagonist has a painful resemblance to my teenage self.  It’s common for me to connect with a book on an emotional level or an intellectual one, but personal?… Read more »

The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack – Mark Hodder

Wait, solid covers in the UK and the US? Poppycock I say! I love historical fiction.  Shogun by James Clavell, Pride of Carthage by David Anthony Durham, and Gates of Fire by Stephen Pressfield, are a few of my favorites off the top of my head.  What I love about the genre is how it stimulates… Read more »

New Cover Art from Angry Robot

Angry Robot Books, a publisher becoming slightly renowned for urban/historical fantasy, announced the addition of Anne Lyle to their stable of authors earlier this year.  Her new series titled Night’s Masque will begin with the first installment The Alchemist of Souls next April.  Today, they unveiled the cover for Lyle’s debut. Hi-Res Version I think it’s… Read more »

Tomes of the Undergates – Sam Sykes

Super cheesy cover, butit makes sense right? Who is Sam Sykes?  Parts of Tome of the Undergates would suggest he might be to fantasy what Douglas Adams is to science fiction or what Christopher Moore is to whatever the hell genre Christopher Moore writes.  Other parts make me think he’s a glorified AD&D Dungeon Master… Read more »