Books Received

May 12, 2013

Haven’t done one of these for a while. Here’s the stuff that’s come in for Interzone, the BFAs and one or two other places.

Angel City by Jon Steele

Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh

The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig

Tomorrow the Killing by Daniel Polansky

World War Z by Max Brooks

The People’s Will by Jasper Kent

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

God’s War by Kameron Hurley

The Adjacent by Christopher Priest

Theatre of the Gods by M. Suddain

The Bloodline Feud by Charles Stross

Slave State by Chris Kelso

The Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen

Vurt by Jeff Noon

Pollen by Jeff Noon

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Slaine: The Grail War by John Smith, art by Nick Percival & Steve Tappin

Blood and Bone: a Novel of the Malazan Empire by Ian C. Esslemont

Across the Event Horizon by Mercurio D. Rivera

Misspent Youth by Peter F. Hamilton

The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher

The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu

Indigo Prime: Anthropocalypse by John Smith, Lee Carter, Edmund Bagwell

Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins

Play With Fire & Midnight at the Oasis by Justin Gustainis

Solaris Rising 2 edited by Ian Whates

Sea Change by S.M. Wheeler

The Peacock Cloak by Chris Beckett

Seoul Survivors by Naomi Foyle

Spectrums: Our Mind-boggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity by David Blatner

The New Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

The Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones

Sold for Endless Rue by Madeleine E. Robins

Angelopolis by Danielle Trussoni

Burnt Island by Alice Thompson

Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter

City in the Dusk and other stories by Matt Colborn

The Warring States by Aidan Harte

The Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan

Nod by Adrian Barnes

Hair Side, Flesh Side by Helen Marshall

Peel Back the Sky by Stephen Bacon

The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle

There is obviously not enough space to review everything and it should be stated that the absence of a review is no reflection on the quality of the book. Editing is a messy business and sometimes a great book will fall by the wayside for all sorts of reasons. Feel free to use the links to browse any of the books that look of interest.

Hope I haven’t missed anyone out. Apologies if I have; please let me know and I will rectify it.


Vector 271

February 2, 2013

Artwork by Cecile Matthey

The latest mailing from the British Science Fiction Association contains Vector 271 and Focus 59.

The contents of Vector can be found here, except for the book review section which can be found here. I’ve reviewed Robert Jackson Bennet’s The Troupe for this issue.

The contents of Focus aren’t listed online so you might be interested to know that this issue is guest-edited by Keith Brooke and has articles by Kristine Kathyrn Rusch, Garry Kilworth, Michael Swanwick, Kim Lakin-Smith, Steven Savile, Linda Nagata, Lisa Tuttle, Jeff Noon and James Patrick Kelly. Pretty damned impressive, eh? Now go and see what’s in Vector. And then join the BSFA.


Books Received

January 12, 2013

Recent arrivals.

Apocalypse by Dean Crawford

White Horse by Alex Adams

Among Others by Jo Walton

The Iron King by Maurice Druon

The Vorrh by B. Catling

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

The Emperor of All Things by Paul Witcover

Doktor Glass by Thomas Brennan

The Apes of Wrath edited by Richard Klaw

The Betrayal of the Living by Nick Lake

Crandolin by Anna Tambour

Planesrunner by Ian McDonald

The Damned Don’t Die by Jim Nisbet

The Explorer by James Smythe

The Grim Company by Luke Scull

Dangerous Gifts by Gaie Sebold

The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination edited by John Joseph Adams

House of Secrets by Chris Columbus & Ned Vizzini

The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

The Man From Primrose Lane by James Renner

The Demi-Monde: Summer by Rod Rees

Wool by Hugh Howey

A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwartz

The Mammoth Book of Unexplained Phenomena by Roy Bainton

The Twyning by Terence Blacker

Again, they’re mostly for Interzone but a few are intended for reviews in other venues. We won’t have the space to feature all of them but that doesn’t mean that they’re not worthwhile books. Sometimes I wonder if it would be physically possible for one person to keep up with reading all of them, even assuming that they did little else; it would be fun to try, though.

Check out the links for further details.


Recent Arrivals

November 11, 2012

Here’s a list of what’s been sent for review. Mostly books, and mostly for Interzone.

Earth to Hell by Kylie Chan

Magic edited by Jonathan Oliver

Devil Said Bang by Richard Kadrey

Bedlam by Christopher Brookmyre

Nexus by Ramez Naam

Pantomime by Laura Lam

The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson

Stray Souls by Kate Griffin

Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck

Centre of Gravity by Ian Douglas

The Alleyman by Pat Kelleher

The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi

Helix Wars by Eric Brown

The Creative Fire by Brenda Cooper

Epic edited by John Joseph Adams

The Corpse-Rat King by Lee Battersby

Tomorrow the Killing by Daniel Polansky

Steampunk Revolution edited Ann VanderMeer

In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination by Margaret Atwood

Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

Origin by JT Brannan

Mage’s Blood by David Hair

The Middle Kingdom by David Wingrove

Sanctuary by Rowena Cory Daniells

Gun Machine by Warren Ellis

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Taken by Benedict Jacka

School’s Out Forever by Scott K. Andrews

Rasputin: The Mad Monk directed by Don Sharp

AfroSF edited by Ivor W. Hartmann

Ice and Fire by David Wingrove

The Wurms of Blearmouth by Steven Erikson


Books Received

August 28, 2012

Recent arrivals:

Hide Me Among The Graves by Tim Powers

The Middle Kingdom by David Wingrove

The Push by Dave Hutchinson


How The Earth Was Made

December 9, 2009

My review of this series is in the December VideoVista.


Passchendaele

October 4, 2009

The October VideoVista is here. It’s got my review of Passchendaele and lots more.


September VideoVista

September 2, 2009

This month’s VideoVista lives! Stacks of discs are reviewed and graded for your viewing pleasure, not least of which is a nuanced reading of Tokyo Gore Police.

And competitions to win DVDs and blu-rays. Oh, yes.


Analog volume 129 #5

August 29, 2009

My review of the May Analog is now online at The Fix.

I’ve also just had a request to rewrite a short story, but I’ve still got two reviews to finish by Monday. And the latest novel is refusing to grow bigger without my help. Ack!


The Zone

August 20, 2009

The Zone has been retooled and users can now navigate around it with great ease. Check it out for SF reviews, articles, interviews and advance listings.


Awesome Show Great Job season 1

June 28, 2009

Delivered a review of Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job season 1.


Dumbland

June 23, 2009

Delivered a review of Dumbland.


June VideoVista

June 3, 2009

There are dozens of new DVD reviews in the June VideoVista, of which The Lion in Winter and Screamers II: The Hunting are but two.


Screamers II

May 27, 2009

Delivered a review of Screamers II: The Hunting.


Analog Volume 129 #5

May 22, 2009

Just delivered a review of the May Analog.


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