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Sympathy for the Devil, ed. by Tim Pratt

November 11, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Sympathy for the Devil, ed. by Tim Pratt Night Shade Books, 2010, 431pp. A train ride into hell. A boy on a fishing trip who encounters something hungry for more than fish. An invisible friend who doesn’t appreciate a father’s attempt to disprove his existence. An eating contest with an unlikely contestant. […]

In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente

November 4, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente Spectra, 2006, 496pp. In the palace garden lives a girl. She bears an unusual birthmark — dark bands around her eyes and over her eyelids. All of the palace thinks her cursed and do not want her curse to touch them. But a young […]

Diving into the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

October 28, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Diving into the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch Pyr, 2009, 267pp. I’ve been on a bit of a Kristine Kathryn Rusch kick recently. (Notice how I avoided the ‘rush’ pun? Pretty good, huh?) I started reading her Retrieval Artist series last winter and have been enthralled by her ability to create full-fleshed, […]

Petrodor by Joel Shepherd

September 30, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Petrodor by Joel Shepherd Pyr, 2010, 441pp. Sasha has just led a successful campaign in her homeland of Lenayin. The king, her father, has pardoned her for her role in the uprising, but has banished her from her homeland. She finds herself in the port city of Petrodor, home of her mentor, […]

Broken Honour by Robert Earl

May 10, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Broken Honour by Robert Earl Black Library, 2011, 409pp. It’s so easy to judge a book by its cover, and I’m not talking about determining whether it is good or bad, but rather what the book is about. Take the book under review as an example. When I was looking at the […]

Fate of the Jedi: Outcast by Aaron Allston

May 3, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Fate of the Jedi: Outcast by Aaron Allston Ballantine Del Rey, 2009, 370pp As might be obvious by now, I’m a bit of a media tie-in junkie. The idea of an expanded universe fascinates me: an original story is great, but building out the universe a story takes place in really piques […]

Shadows of the Past by Tom Kolega

April 26, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Shadows of the Past by Tom Kolega State of the Art Entertainment, 2009, 365pp. It’s no secret that I’m a media tie-in junkie. I love reading in shared universes that are based on video games or movies or comics. Back in the days of Deep Magic, we had a shared universe called […]

Wildcards, ed. by George R.R. Martin

April 12, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Wild Cards (Volume 1), ed. by George R.R. Martin Tor Books, 2010, 496pp My kids love to tease me about growing up in the ’80s. To them, the past is a foreign country, especially that distant decade. They listen to the music. They mock. They watch the T.V. series. They ridicule. They […]

Imager by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

April 5, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Imager by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Tor, 2009, 499pp. Rhennthyl is the son of a wool merchant in the city of L’Excelsis in Solidar. At first it seems like he will follow his father into the industry, but as he grows up, it becomes apparent that Rhennthyl’s desires lie elsewhere, specifically in painting. […]

Johannes Cabal the Detective by Jonathan L. Howard

March 29, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Johannes Cabal the Detective by Jonathan L. Howard Doubleday, 2010, 289pp. Authors are often asked, “Where do you get your ideas?” But reviewers are rarely asked, “Where do you get your books for review?” Sure, we get free copies from publishers who want to create a buzz for their latest book, but […]