Monthly Archives: November 2011

Interview with artist (and author) Alastair Reynolds

Russell Crowe would totally  play Al in a movie, right? Some months back Strange Horizons held a fundraising drive to keep their doors open for 2011.  I made a small contribution which, to my surprise, entered me into a raffle for a boatload of prizes donated by authors, publishers, and artists.  I was even more surprised… Read more »

Alloy of Law – Brandon Sanderson

I love Brandon Sanderson.  I’ve read everything he’s written for the adult market, from his first novel Elantris to his printing press busting The Way of Kings.  His finest work to date is the Mistborn trilogy which contains one of the best beginnings and endings ever done in fantasy. So, it is with great remorse that… Read more »

Happy Thanksgiving, What’s Coming, and a Giveaway Winner

Hey everyone, Happy Thanksgiving!  If you don’t live in the States, umm… happy late November!  I’m posting this on Wednesday because I’m not going to be anywhere near a computer tomorrow.  Instead, I’ll be stuffing my face and watching football. So, the year is almost over and that means it’s time for the ‘Best of… Read more »

Interview with Low Town author Daniel Polansky

Last week I reviewed Low Town, a new fantasy novel by debut author Daniel Polansky.  Doubleday was also kind enough to donate 5 copies of the book for me to give away on the blog (Click Here).  Long story short, Polansky’s novel is a ton of fun to read.  Part crime fiction, part second world fantasy,… Read more »

Low Town – Daniel Polansky (Giveaway & Review)

U.S. Cover and Title Tell me if you’ve heard this one before, ok?  Joe Abercrombie walks into a bar, sits down and orders a whiskey.  He takes a shot and looks down the bar where he sees fellow fantasy author Brandon Sanderson sitting at a table.  Sanderson is laying out a Magic: The Gathering deck… Read more »

Interview with Shadow Saga author Jon Sprunk

Last week I reviewed Shadow’s Lure, the second installment in Jon Sprunk’s Shadow Saga series from Pyr.  After finishing Lure I asked Sprunk to answer some questions for me, which he was kind enough to do.  He’s also currently moving into a new house, so I’m even more appreciative that he found time to do… Read more »

The Restoration Game – Ken MacLeod

Looks like cyberpunk,  right? Nope! I’m not sure The Restoration Game is science fiction.  Sure, it’s technically based on a speculative what-if, but does that make something a science fiction novel?  Science fiction, I believe, is all about a discussion on humanity’s relationship to technology.  I feel a lot more comfortable thinking of it as a… Read more »

Five Great Veterans Day Reads

Today is Veterans Day here in the United States.  It’s also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world in memory of the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.  Regardless of which country you’re from, today is a sacred day where we recognize the sacrifice men… Read more »

Shadow’s Lure – Jon Sprunk (Giveaway & Review)

Earlier this year I reviewed Jon Sprunk’s 2010 debut novel, Shadow’s Son.  While I very much enjoyed it, my review was less than glowing.  I felt some things were sacrificed to the novel’s breakneck pace and that Caim, Spunk’s protagonist, was a little too one-dimensional. In a not so stunning development, Shadow’s Lure corrects many… Read more »

Interview with Seed author Rob Ziegler

I reviewed Rob Ziegler’s debut novel Seed a few weeks back (here).  It’s a tremendous debut that’s very much in the tradition of Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl.  It was released yesterday in hardcover from Night Shade Books and is available in eBook.  It also bears one of the most visually stimulating covers in recent memory.  I highly… Read more »