Tuesday, March 15, 2011 -- Like Mayflies In A Stream by Shauna Roberts

Like Mayflies In A Stream by Shauna Roberts (cover)While I found the cover off-putting for a handful of reasons, once inside I was caught in the flow of the narrative. Roberts realizes her players well, showing multiple sides to mythic characters, and the details she puts into this historical re-imagining of "The Epic of Gilgamesh" really bring the story to life.


Monday, February 14, 2011 -- Eggs of American Songbirds by Kenneth L. Clark

Eggs of American Songbirds by Kenneth L. Clark (cover)"This book is © 2010 by Kenneth L. Clark. It has no ISBN or other official presence in the world. Like all of us and every thing, it will disappear someday with the rest of what we love and remember with fondness."

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 -- Cloud Permutations by Lavie Tidhar

Cloud Permutations by Lavie Tidhar (cover)I stumbled into a #hashchat on Twitter, where World SF blog creator, GUD contributor, and prolific writer @LavieTidhar was answering questions from the audience. If the Library of Congress was on the ball with their Twitter archive, or I had a better memory, I could amaze you with the brilliance of my question. As it is, I will try to impress you with the brilliance of the book that I won with that lost-to-posterity question.


Monday, January 24, 2011 -- Classics Revisited: Some thoughts on 'The War of the Worlds' by H.G. Wells

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (first edition) (cover) (source: Wikipedia)It's often debated whether a classic novel would be published today. I think I can state categorically that 'The War of the Worlds' would not.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 -- Chimeric Machines by Lucy Snyder

Chimeric Machines by Lucy A. Snyder (cover)This is a brilliant collection. If you enjoy poetry, speculative fiction, language, life, or any combination thereof, you should really check it out.

Monday, January 10, 2011 -- Storm Warning: Echoes of Conflict by Vanessa Gebbie

Storm Warning by Vanessa Gebbie (cover)This collection of short stories by Vanessa Gebbie is not cozy bed-time reading. Even the most apparently innocent openings--"I'm on a train going to the sea"--only mask for a short time the brutal truth that's about to be revealed.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 -- Canterbury 2100, edited by Dirk Flinthart

Canterbury 2100 edited by Dirk Flinthart (cover)Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote
And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;