BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A woman named Ia enlists in the military with the ultimate (and secret) goal of preventing the destruction of humanity that she has foreseen through her precognitive ability.
MY REVIEW: PROS: Fast-paced; precog element ups level of interest; sympathetic and realistic protagonist. CONS: Cookie-cutter plot; archetypical supporting characters; writing occasionally clunky and unclear. BOTTOM LINE: A good read, with the precog story line making up for the predictable elements.
Jeff VanderMeer has posted the HUGE table of contents for his and Ann VanderMeer’s anthology The Weird: A Compendium of Dark & Strange Stories, which is due to be published in October:
Over one hundred years of weird fiction collected in a single volume of 750,000 words. Over 20 nationalities are represented and seven new translations were commissioned for the book, most notably definitive translations of Julio Cortazar’s “Axolotl” and Michel Bernanos’ short novel “The Other Side of the Mountain” (the first translations of these classics in many decades). Other highlights include the short novels / long novellas “The Beak Doctor” by Eric Basso, “Tainaron” by Leena Krohn, and “The Brotherhood of Mutilation” by Brian Evenson. This is among the largest collections of weird fiction ever housed between the covers of one book.
The book also features a foreword by Michael Moorcock and an afterword by China Miéville. Here’s the table of contents:
K.V. Johansen is the author of a number of fantasy and science fiction novels for children and teens, as well as novels and short story collections for adults and the Pippin and Mabel picture books. Her latest book is Blackdog, a novel for adults published by Pyr.
How I caught shapeshifters, or, real he-werebeasts have hairy chests
In a bookstore recently, the covers of some paranormal romance bodice-rippers featuring shapeshifters jumped out at me, all leather-trousered women without much bodice to rip and men without shirts. (Also without chest hair. I’m all for neutering pets so as not to add to the population of unwanted animals, but…)
“Ahhhh!” I thought. “Shapeshifters are the new vampires. I’ve become trendy.”
Aquaman always seems to get the short end of the superhero stick. Everyone knows Superman, Batman and many others but Aquaman hardly ever springs to mind first. But what’s it like to be Aquaman? What would think when you see Supes or Batman get all the press, the adulation, the babes? Thanks to Mark Aaron James, now you can explore the mind of Aquaman and maybe, just maybe, you’ll have a bit more sympathy for him.
But probably not.
This video brought you by way of Pandora. I’d never head of this song or Mark Aaron James, but I really like this song. His other song “Kleptomaniac Girlfriend” is also well worth a listen.
But, a bonus Mark Aaron James music video (SF related even!) after the jump!
Here’s a book trailer with an attitude. It’s for Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis. Here’s the description:
Stan Markowski is a Detective Sergeant on the Scranton PD’s Supernatural Crimes Investigation Unit.
Like the rest of America, Scranton’s got an uneasy ‘live and let unlive’ relationship with the supernatural. But when a vamp puts the bite on an unwilling victim, or some witch casts the wrong kind of spell, that’s when they call Markowski. He carries a badge. Also, a crucifix, some wooden stakes, a big vial of holy water, and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets.
REVIEW SUMMARY: As with the first novel in this series, The Power of Six is derivative and not very original. However, the novel is fast-paced and exciting and is a good gateway novel for readers new to science fiction.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Nine young aliens hide on Earth after the destruction of their world by the evil Mogadorians. Now, though, the aliens are beginning to fight back, both to save themselves and their adopted world.
PROS: A quick, exciting read which should appeal to the same readers who enjoyed I Am Number Four.
CONS: Extremely derivative, with no explanation of the science behind this “science fiction” novel.
BOTTOM LINE: If you’re a long-time reader of science fiction, you will find nothing new here but may still enjoy the ride. But if you need a novel to interest a young person into reading more science fiction, The Power of Six would be a good choice.