Cover to Cover #296B: Books and Feedback

Dust by Elizabeth BearVoicemail: Tosis from Germany doesn't think an LCD screen is the ideal device for reading a book; Mick from the Gold Coast enjoyed Tad Williams' War of the Flowers and wants to know about our take on it; Tim gave Darcy the hardcover HEROES comic collection for Christmas; Eric the Blind Geek wonders about discovering the twists before the characters in the story do; Trampas asks about recommendations for Westerns; Natalie thanks C2C for raising her bar for reading material.

Submitting Listener comments: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know!

Listener Review: Tim Low gives us a review of World War Z by Max Brooks.

Listener Review: Chris Lester from The Metamor City Podcast gives us a review of The Outback Stars by Sandra McDonald.

Can you do an audio book review no longer than 3 minutes? Here's what we're looking for:
* Book title, author, publisher, cost
* Must have been published within the past calendar year
* Why did you like the book?
* What about the book will you remember a year from now?
* Why do you want to recommend this book to other potential readers?

If you can record it yourself and email it to Michael, all the better!

The Library: New this week: Dust by Elizabeth Bear; Elom by William H. Drinkard; Lamplighter by D. M. Cornish; Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert; From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris; Victory Conditions by Elizabeth Moon; CSI: In Extremis by Ken Goddard.


  1. One Fantasy-Western novel that I ran across in the Locus list of most "chosen-in-reviewers-top-10-lists" is "Territory" by Emma Bull. Sounds like a Magical-Realism take on the whole Gun Fight At The O.K. Corral legend.

  2. That's exactly what I sent Trampas in email last night 🙂

    I think the interview with Emma Bull and Will Shetterly is still available.... yep, Cover to Cover #272

  3. I am writting a kind of Fantasy-Western story in my podcast. I would love to her Trampas's thoughts. I am aways looking for input... I know this is self serving post, sorry...

  4. tim and darcy low says

    Tracy Hickman's father does a old west tales podcast, that my father; who is eighty likes a lot. Not sure if he does book reviews or not, but the listener might want to look there as well.


  5. territory is one of the best stand-alone novels in speculative fiction i have read in 5 years.....seriously in my top 5.

  6. You guys probably mentioned Tony Hillerman's mysteries, which are very enjoyable. And oddly enough Louis Lamour wrote a science fiction mystery I believe it is called "The Haunted Mesa"

  7. You could also check out "Wild Angel" by Pat Murphy... fantasy in a Western setting.