Mercury Rises is, above all things, a humorous book. It made me laugh, snicker, giggle, and snort (an embarrassing but satisfying thing to happen in the middle of a crowded room).
Happily Ever After is an anthology edited by John Klima, in which each story was in some way inspired by a fairy tale. I am an absolute sucker for any kind of fairy tale retelling, but good ones are few and can be difficult to find. So this particular anthology was right up my alley. Plus any editor who was inspired to make an anthology by Neil Gaiman’s “The Troll Bridge” is guaranteed to have fantastic taste in stories.
At first glance, this book might simply look like an homage to World of Warcraft: Omnitopia is a MMO game that surpasses television and the internet as the world’s number one entertainment source. Everyone and their dog plays. Most players are obsessed. But that’s where it stopped reminding me of WoW and started reeling me [...]
I really enjoyed this story from beginning to end. Time travel, familiar characters, a pitch-perfect narrative, and a truly amazing Force-centric final battle make for entertainment that hooked me from the first sentence and never really let go. This particular Star Wars tale centers on the pursuit of Lignan, a rare ore that enhances a [...]
In the limitless reaches of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, it’s quite shocking to consider that zombies do not appear more often. Well, until now. In Death Troopers, the horror of the undead is brought to the population of an Imperial prison barge, in particular two young brothers, the chief medical officer, and a couple [...]
In a world where the walking undead are a fact of life, Jessie is a zombie. With all of her memories and conscious thoughts, there’s more going on beneath her deteriorating scalp than a hoo like you or I could begin to guess. In Dust we get to experience zombie matters from the eyes of [...]
Black Blade Blues is an urban fantasy by J.A. Pitts. I have some major love for UF right now. Firstly, it’s a very interesting genre, allowing monsters and fantastic creatures to live and creep nearer to where we live with every new story. In this particular book, Sarah Beauhall is a blacksmith/movie prop maker who [...]
In A Young Man Without Magic, Anrel Murau is just your average cynical, non-magical being living in a world where only those who control magic are deigned worthy enough to control anything else. Using this premise Lawrence Watt-Evans creates one of the more politically charged fantasy books of late. Anrel, a well-educated young man, returns [...]
I don’t think I can recommend Ray Bradbury’s writings any more highly than Neil Gaiman does in his introduction to the latest printing of The Machineries of Joy, but I’ll try anyway. I’ve enjoyed Bradbury since I first clutched a used copy of The Illustrated Man at age 13, but I think I just fell [...]
Let me start off by admitting that I love both Zombies and Regency novels. So, naturally, when I saw a zombified portrait of Jane Austen on the cover of a book, I was intrigued. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a parody (or as the back cover describes it, “an expanded edition”) of Jane Austin's [...]
“In a labyrinthine superstructure in New York Harbor known as the Big Shell, enemies, allies, secret agents, and double-dealers converge: Russian commandos, a blood-thirsty vampiric assassin, a long-legged, leather-clad, rifle-bearing beauty named Fortune, a deformed, finely manicured bomber called Fatman, and a mysterious Mister X. Somewhere in the maze, as well, is the president himself-his [...]