Review: "Woken Furies" by Richard K. Morgan

Waiting to meet a friend for lunch the other day, I stood outside a restaurant in Manhattan's TriBeCa with my face buried in Woken Furies, the latest book from Richard K. Morgan. The restaurant manager spotted me reading and approached me eagerly: "Is that the new Takeshi Kovacs?" The funny part is, this was the second time I'd been approached by a rabid fan while reading one of Morgan's books.   [Read more...]

Review: "Four and Twenty Blackbirds" by Cherie Priest

Cherie Priest's debut novel, this atmospheric Southern Gothic ghost story was originally published by a small regional press in 2003. The (shorter) new edition from Tor is an indication that greater things lie ahead for this new voice in fiction. A sequel, Wings to the Kingdom, is due from Tor in the fall, and I wouldn't be surprised if the publisher sees a potential franchise here. Heck, I could see this showing up on the new CW network. If you like ghost stories with more texture than genuine twists, Four and Twenty Blackbirds is worth a look.   [Read more...]

Review: "The Making of a Graphic Novel/The Resonator" by Prentis Rollins

This is one of those ideas that seems so obvious you wonder why it hasn't been done before. Writer-artist Rollins, who's worked extensively for DC Comics, splits his book in half.   [Read more...]

Review: "Light" by M. John Harrison

What makes Light so special, and so very much worth your attention, is that no matter how "far out" Harrison takes things—very far out indeed, if you're wondering—he remains primarily concerned with human stories, human dilemmas. There are three main characters in this book who (almost) never interact in the course of the story, though their lives are all intertwined and eventually come together.   [Read more...]

Review: 7th Son by J.C. Hutchins

Attention all you Earth-crack junkies out there. J. C. Hutchins's 7th Son podcast novel is well worth checking out. It's a taut, tense scifi thriller that's got me hooked after only a few episodes.   [Read more...]

Review: The Plot to Save Socrates by Paul Levinson

Levinson, author of The Silk Code and The Consciousness Plague, among others novels, brings us one of the more peculiar time travel books I've read. In it, a group of time travellers brought together by forces unknown—and you never really find out whom—conspire to rescue Socrates from hemlock poisioning at the hands of the Athenian democracy, bringing him to the future for the benefit of all mankind.   [Read more...]

Review: "Night Train to Rigel" by Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn's a prolific writer with many succesful books both in his own and in other people's universes.

What's more, his name makes him eminently suited to be a bad guy in a Star Wars movie himself.

Darth Zahn's latest book, Night Train to Rigel, delivers why-didn't-I-think-of-that clever ideas and a zippy plotline that kept me flipping paper to the end.   [Read more...]

Review: The Prestige by Christopher Priest

This is an odd, hard to define, impossible to put down book, first published in 1995, but out in a new paperback edition. The reason I'm bringing it to your attention is primarily due to news of an upcoming film: Christopher Nolan, director of Batman Begins and one of my personal favorites, Memento, will begin shooting an adaptation of The Prestige this month.   [Read more...]

Review: "The Ghost Brigades" by John Scalzi

Ghost Brigades is a pageturner with surprising emotional rewards, but I'm hoping that Scalzi plans to write more books in this universe, because as it is there are too many ideas here for his own good.   [Read more...]

Review: Platinum Pohl

I'd never read Pohl before dipping into Platinum Pohl, but now I find myself eager to expand my Pohl-ian horizons. This is Grand Master science fiction at its finest. Each one of the stories in here is a gem, a well-crafted little machine.   [Read more...]

Review: "'Salem's Lot: Illustrated Edition" by Stephen King

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the publication of Stephen King's classic horror novel 'Salem's Lot, Doubleday is publishing a new edition of the book in hardcover that includes black-and-white illustrations, a new introduction, fifty pages of additional material deleted from the original manuscript, and two short stories related to events in the novel.   [Read more...]

Review: "Ilium" by Dan Simmons

This is an odd book. Simmons envisions a solar system several thousand years in the future. Earth is practically uninhabited—a few hundred thousand "old-style" humans are all that is left of us. So-called "post-humans" left the planet long ago for cities built on asteroids in orbit. The "old-style" humans are each allotted one hundred years of life, at which point they are faxed (quantum teleported) to the rings to live forever with the post-humans. Or so the ordinary humans believe.   [Read more...]

Review: "Counting Heads" by David Marusek

Marusek has envisioned his world so clearly and carefully that the technical details feel like afterthoughts. References are made subtly and in passing, the way any of us would refer to a ubiquitous convenience like a cellphone or digital camera, and it takes you many pages to get a full glimpse of how this future society truly differs from our own, while remaining completely human and recognizable.   [Read more...]

Review: "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town" by Cory Doctorow

I've read Boing Boing for years, but it wasn't until recently, when I grabbed a free online copy of Down and Out, that I realized that Cory Doctorow is also one of the best and most imaginative SF authors working today.   [Read more...]

Review: "Southern Fire" by Juliet McKenna

McKenna is the thinking fantasy reader's author, the kind who dreams up fantasy elements and then works out the implications of those elements with the precision and thoughtfulness of a scientist, or, well, an SF writer. It's clear throughout Southern Fire that McKenna is spinning her tale out of a deep, rich, internally consistent tapestry of details and textures.   [Read more...]

Review: Superman: The Never-Ending Battle (Justice League of America) by Roger Stern

This is another installment in the "Justice League of America" novelizations, this one by Roger Stern. Stern is a long-time DC writer who also did the novelization of the controversial death of Superman arc back in the early 90s, The Death and Life of Superman, a book I actually read on my own out of sheer curiosity.   [Read more...]