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Editor's Choice: Short Fiction Reviews Editor's Choice: Short Fiction Reviews
It is with a great deal of pleasure that the SF Site welcomes a new columnist to the fold. David Truesdale has been reading science fiction and fantasy for forty years. For the past four years he has edited TANGENT: The Only Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Fiction Review Magazine, a runner-up for the 1997 Hugo Award. The intent of this column is to present reviews of selected short fiction that strike David's interest as his reading for TANGENT continues. This time David looks at the January issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

The Pure Product The Pure Product by John Kessel
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Although a number of the stories here deal with Hollywood and the images that Hollywood produces, other stories are set far from the realm of cinema. Steven see this collection as a good example of John Kessel at his finest.

The Red Wyvern The Red Wyvern by Katharine Kerr
reviewed by Todd Richmond
Todd offers a word of advice to those who have not read Kerr's other Deverry books: read them first before attempting to read this novel. His reason: this saga is too complex to include enough background and supplemental information to allow a neophyte to fully understand and enjoy this book. But, for followers of Kerr's novels, this is a fascinating tale.

Fedogan & Bremer Fedogan & Bremer
compiled by Rodger Turner
In their eight-year history small press publisher Fedogan & Bremer has concentrated on writers from the pulp era of horror and mystery. Their perseverance has paid off with 18 fine books, three released this fall. Rodger takes another look at their catalogue of old-fashioned SF, fantasy, weird-menace, Gothic, Lovecraftian & modern horror titles. He updates details on the books and adds several new cover graphics.

Caesar's Antlers Caesar's Antlers by Brooks Hansen
reviewed by Neil Walsh
Neil found this novel to be an engaging tale, full of selfless giving and sacrifice in the spirit of the season. And the story ends in the dark hours of Christmas morning.

Steel Rose Steel Rose by Kara Dalkey
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Steven found this book falls firmly into the "elves in an urban world" sub-genre of fantasy, pioneered by Mercedes Lackey and Esther Friesner. Once these elves appear, they are neither the helpful elves of many fairy stories nor the mysterious elves of Tolkien -- these are Shakespearean elves with attitude.

Idoru Idoru by William Gibson
reviewed by Leon Olszewski
This novel is typical William Gibson. He is still able to take virtual reality, computer networks, nanotechnology, and pop star worship, temper them with human strengths and frailty, to evoke new images and unforeseen conclusions.

New Arrivals December New Arrivals
compiled by John O'Neill
New books by Kathleen Ann Goonan, Gwyneth Jones, Joe Haldeman, Diane Duane, Tara K. Harper, Connie Willis, Angus Wells, Susan Shwartz, John Kessel, Robert Weinberg, and others top the list of exciting new SF and Fantasy volumes to arrive at our offices.

Maskerade Maskerade by Terry Pratchett
reviewed by Todd Richmond
Terry Pratchett takes us to the opera. Specifically to the haunted Opera House in Ankh-Morpork. If you're a Discworld fan, run, don't walk, to your nearest bookstore and pick up this one. Todd says you won't regret it.

The Wizards of Odd The Wizards of Odd edited by Peter Haining
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Comedy is one of the most difficult things to write. Nevertheless, several SF writers have incorporated humor into their output over the years. Peter Haining has collected a handful in this anthology.

Series Reviews

The Dreaming Tree The Dreaming Tree by C.J. Cherryh
reviewed by Stephen M. Davis
C.J. Cherryh can be justly proud of this omnibus edition of her two-volume series. Stephen found the writing in both volumes to be first-rate: the dialogue never feels stilted or corny. The characters are believable and have understandable motives.

First Novels

A Small Dark Place A Small Dark Place by Martin Schenk
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Remember the first time you read Stephen King or Robert McCammon? That kind of guilty feeling you got from enjoying something so twisted, reading voraciously through while witnessing cruelty and suffering? If so, you're probably ready for this novel.

Nanotime Nanotime by Bart Kosko
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
Here is a startling realistic glimpse at our future and the world's reliance on oil as a major source of energy. This world of prying government is only a small leap from our own where computer use has made privacy a major issue.

The Goulep The Goulep by Stella Atrium
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Lisa found this an intriguing tale. The struggle to overcome oppression, to preserve a way of life, to maintain compassion in a cold and hateful conflict, is always interesting and involving. Some may find this novel a difficult read, but it is a worthwhile one, nevertheless.

Second Looks

The Postman The Postman by David Brin
reviewed by Thomas Myer
Thomas believes this novel to be about the power of myth in the lives of otherwise ordinary folk. Myth, as nebulous as the all-seeing eye of Odin, as widespread as the belief in the cleaning power of certain detergents, as pedestrian as Elvis sightings.

Imperial Bounty Imperial Bounty by William C. Dietz
reviewed by Leon Olszewski
Leon figures this one will be enjoyed by fans of William C. Dietz, as well as those who like the stories of Steve Perry or Mike Resnick. It's an action-adventure tale, fast-paced with surprises and humor.

The Roald Dahl Treasury The Roald Dahl Treasury by Roald Dahl
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Steven would like everyone to know, despite Dahl having a reputation that his writings are on the dark side, several of the excerpts published in this book are light-hearted and humorous.


The Star Trek Encyclopedia The Star Trek Encyclopedia by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
This book demonstrates the complexity in maintaining the continuity of four TV series, eight movies and dozens of novels, not to mention comic books, trading cards and scads of merchandising -- all set in the Star Trek universe. For fans, it is an essential buy.

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