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Chessie Bligh and the Scroll of Andelthor Chessie Bligh and the Scroll of Andelthor by Thora Gabriel
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
Chessie Bligh, a neglected 14 year-old American girl, is sent to a foreign boarding school accompanied by her only friend, a puppy named Wuggbert. Seeking to defy the social climbing aspirations of her uncaring, wealthy parents, Chessie switches places with Aelyn, a physically similar girl she happens to meet while changing aircraft in New York. Thus does Chessie find herself at Die Sterntaler. The school turns out to be an elf encampment at the rim of the Grand Canyon, hidden from human sight by magic.

Neil Gaiman

Mirrormask: The Illustrated Film Script of the Motion Picture Mirrormask: The Illustrated Film Script of the Motion Picture by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
reviewed by Alma A. Hromic
Alma very much wanted to see Mirrormask the film -- see it cold, as it were, without knowing anything about it other than the hints dropped, for instance, by Neil Gaiman himself on his blog or snippets of information gained from the media. So when the review copy of this book arrived in the mail she was torn between writing a timely review, or hanging onto it fiercely until she could see the movie and only then dive into the book.

Stories Stories edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio
reviewed by Mario Guslandi
Here we have twenty-seven new tales by renowned authors (and storytellers) such as Joyce Carol Oates, Roddy Doyle, Peter Straub, Joe R. Lansdale, Chick Palahniuk, Gene Wolfe, Jonathan Carroll, Michael Moorcock, and each of the two editors Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. They provide twenty-seven stories, ranging from the fantastic to the horrific, from pulp fiction to fantasy.

The Sandman: Book of Dreams The Sandman: Book of Dreams edited by Neil Gaiman and Ed Kramer
reviewed by Alex Anderson
Alex has a look at an original anthology inspired by one of the most celebrated adult comics of the decade.
fiction review by Trent Walters
The fiction section ("The Writer's Corner") at this website, under the editorial helm of short-story writer Rick Wilber, recently joined the ranks of professional web magazines. It features three strong reprints by Robert Silverberg, Robert Heinlein, and Jack McDevitt, as well as a new piece by Orson Scott Card. Other magazines would do well to take note of the insightful author commentaries.

Galaxy's Edge #6 Galaxy's Edge #6
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
The sixth issue of Galaxy's Edge comes with an interesting range of science fiction stories from both known and unknown writers. Of the known; Andre Norton, Harry Turtledove and Barry Malzberg caught Sandra's eye even before she opened the magazine. In Mike Resnick's "The Editor's Word" column, he also introduces the newer writers featured in here; Gio Clairval, Marina J. Losteller, Brian Trent, Tina Gower and Jean-Claude Dunyach.

Galaxy's Edge #1 Galaxy's Edge #1
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
This is a new science fiction magazine that will be coming out every two months and mixes new stories, reprints, reviews and columns. Of the reprints, they will be written by well-known authors, just as the new fiction will be penned by the not-so-well-known writers. Mike Resnick's "The Editor's Word" begins the magazine and he takes readers into the intricate world of the science fiction magazine, starting with Amazing Stories back in 1938.

The Pleistocene Redemption The Pleistocene Redemption by Dan Gallagher
reviewed by A.L. Sirois
The story is really just another take on Jurassic Park, but with less verisimilitude. A means of extracting ancient DNA is discovered. Rather than conjuring up dinosaurs, this time it is Pleistocene fauna such as mammoths, giant sloths, and so on -- up to and including Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals.

The Painted Bride The Painted Bride by Stephen Gallagher
reviewed by Mario Guslandi
Frank Tanner's wife, Carol, has disappeared. He claims the woman has deserted him and their kids, leaving without notice for who knows where with who knows whom. But Carol's sister, Molly, a former drug addict, thinks she knows better and tries to convince the police that Frank is responsible for the disappearance, hinting that he may have murdered the woman. On the other hand, Molly appears to be so clumsy and unreliable that her accusations remain not only unproven, but very unlikely.

White Bizango White Bizango by Stephen Gallagher
reviewed by William Thompson
Set in Louisiana with magical overtones, the book refers to: "A secret society of practitioners who operate outside of accepted vodoun practice, often performing harmful services for their clients in exchange for payment." In this case the practitioner is a white convict, a con man who uses his knowledge of voodoo to fleece the rich and gullible, especially through the use of a poison that simulates death.

Quantum Musings Quantum Musings by Michael Gallant, Raymond M. Coulombe and Timothy O. Goyette
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
When's the last time you just had a really good time reading a book? Have you ever finished an anthology and thought, "I'd really like to hang out with those guys!"? If it's been far too long -- for instance, if your answer was something like never -- you're long overdue for a treat. Fortunately, if you're in the mood for a bit of fun, this is just what you need.

Dark Universe Dark Universe by Daniel F. Galouye
reviewed by Hank Luttrell
The surviving humans have been reduced to living underground in subsistence circumstances; after generations of hiding underground they have forgotten most of their history. The failure of some of their life support systems have forced them to live in complete darkness. In compensation for the loss of vision, the sense of hearing has gained great acuity.

Babylon 5.1: Televison Reviews Game of Thrones, Season 1, Episode 1
a TV review by Dominic Cilli
A Song of Ice and Fire began way back in 1996 with the publication of A Game of Thrones and here we are 15 years later and still just over half of this series has been published. When you compound that with the fact that this series was shaping up to be one of the greatest fantasy series ever written, it's easy to see why his readers were upset. However, when the news broke several years ago about a possible TV series...

Adobe Angels Adobe Angels by Antonio R. Garcez
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
This collection takes a serious look at the supernatural side of New Mexico along with a healthy dose of history about the area, the haunted structures, and the people -- Indian, Mexican, Anglo -- who settled and resettled the state. Few areas of the United States have been as hotly disputed and changed hands so many times. Maybe that's what makes for the tenacious nature of the spirits that reportedly cling to their territory.

Moon Boy Moon Boy by Carolyn Garcia
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Some of us will seize any chance to share our love of science fiction and fantasy with children. Lisa road-tested this book on her six-year-old niece and three-and-a-half-year-old nephew. Like most quality children's literature, there is a lesson and there is a reward. The moral is smoothly worked into the entertaining story. Vivid illustrations and over-the-top behaviour make Moon Boy a pleasure for children and adults.

Anonymous Rex Anonymous Rex by Eric Garcia
reviewed by Charlene Brusso
Vinnie Rubio is your typical noir P.I. -- lonely, broke, depressed, fighting a substance abuse problem -- with one difference: he also happens to be a Velociraptor in disguise. Blame Michael Crichton or even better, Stephen Spielberg. Rubio is just one of millions of dinos living incognito, offspring of ancestors fortunate enough to have survived the Great Shower by convenient evolution into more compact shapes with better brains.

Anonymous Rex Anonymous Rex by Eric Garcia
reviewed by Ernest Lilley
Vince Rubio is a classic LA Private Investigator. He's also a dinosaur. His partner got killed while investigating a spectacular murder a year before the story starts. In true genre form, he started a downward spiral into oblivion and bankruptcy. Now a nightclub owner's lying crisped in LA County hospital and Vincent gets the job of checking it out for the insurance company.

Beautiful Darkness Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
reviewed by Dan Shade
If there was ever a city that lived in the past, it's Gatlin, Tennessee. And if there were ever two star-crossed lovers, they are the caster Lena Duchannes and the mortal Ethan Wate. Beautiful Darkness continues the rousing story of the Lena and Ethan. Lena is a caster which are more or less witches but they each have a special gift. Ethan, whom we thought was a plain, vanilla mortal, turns out not to be.

Beautiful Creatures Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
an audiobook review by Jennifer McCann
Ethan begins the new school year with the anticipation of nothing new -- same old friends, same old attitudes. It's a typical small southern town where everyone knows everyone else's business and the usual prejudices reign. But this year there is a change in the air. This year there are a few surprises. Spooky old Mason Ravenwood, the town recluse, has a teenage niece that has just moved in and joined the student body.

The Moon Maid and Other Fantastic Adventures The Moon Maid and Other Fantastic Adventures by R. Garcia y Robertson
reviewed by Stephen M. Davis
The Moon Maid shows Mr. Garcia y Robertson to be every bit as deft at creating characters as Peter S. Beagle, with a good sense of story structure and a nice touch of humour.

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