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M. J. Locke : Up Against It

18 Apr 2011 · No Comments

In Up Against It a 25th-century asteroid-based community is beset by a confluence of disasters: a critical resource hemorrhaging accident, a takeover threat by the Martian mob, a rogue artificial intelligence in the asteroid’s systems — the list goes on. It explores both the fragility of human life in a hostile environment, and life’s pluck [...]

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Tags: l-author · m-author · science fiction · u-title

Conrad Williams: Use Once, Then Destroy

27 Mar 2011 · No Comments

Williams brings a number of good, and often slightly contradictory, tricks to bear in this collection of 17 stories spanning a dozen years of his career:

His prose juxtaposes lyrical, even pastoral imagery with the ugliness of urban decay. The book is full of description like, “There was a moon low in the sky, like an [...]

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Tags: fantasy · horror · short stories · u-title · w-author

MaryJanice Davidson: Undead and Unwed

13 Jul 2010 · No Comments

What I liked best about Undead and Unwed is that neither Davidson nor her heroine take the proceedings too seriously. Betsy reacts to joining the ranks of the undead with sass and irreverence not totally dissimilar to Buffy’s response to learning that she is “The Slayer.” In fact, I almost wonder if that might [...]

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Tags: d-author · romance · u-title

Stacey Jay: Undead Much

21 Mar 2010 · No Comments

I thought You Are So Undead to Me was fluffy in a fun way, but by the end of Undead Much, I was mostly just annoyed — enough so that it makes me retroactively question my response to the previous book.
This time around, what impressed me most was the density of repurposing elements [...]

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Tags: fantasy · j-author · u-title · young adult

Jon Krakauer: Under the Banner of Heaven

19 Feb 2010 · No Comments

Krakauer’s creepy, gripping book uses a brutal double murder committed by Mormon fundamentalists as a vehicle for exploring the convoluted history of Mormonism, with a special emphasis on the Mormon church’s ambivalent relationship over time with polygamy and with direct personal revelation. (I never knew, for instance, that although Joseph Smith practiced polygamy himself, he [...]

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Tags: history · k-author · u-title

Lee Irby: The Up and Up

09 Jun 2009 · No Comments

Small-time hood Frank Hearn makes it out of Irby’s previous Prohibition-era caper novel 7,000 Clams with his skin fundamentally intact and the love of a really terrific dame, but (no spoiler, really) without enough scratch to give her the kind of life he wants to. So in this sequel he goes straight and tries to [...]

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Tags: historical · i-author · mystery · suspense · u-title

Robert Sheckley: Uncanny Tales

28 May 2008 · No Comments

Uncanny Tales comprises 16 short stories of uneven quality from the final two decades of Sheckley’s career. “Magic, Maples and Maryanne,” is a fine cautionary fable of magic and morality with an almost Jonathan Carroll-like vibe. “The New Horla” (the title is a reference to a classic Guy de Maupassant short) is grimly gripping in [...]

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Tags: fantasy · s-author · science fiction · u-title

Diana Peterfreund: Under the Rose: An Ivy League Novel

01 Dec 2007 · No Comments

I was a little hard on Secret Society Girl, so I’m happy to report that Under the Rose addresses both major defects I complained of in the first novel: less heavy-handed telegraphing of evolving plot points, no deus ex machina.
Amy Haskel’s breezy narrative voice is if anything even more assured, and the novel was [...]

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Tags: mystery · p-author · u-title · young adult