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Flesh Wounds Flesh Wounds by Brian A. Hopkins
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
If you've already read some of the author's work, you know the title bodes ill for everyone in these stories. If you aren't familiar with his fiction -- first of all, shame on you -- then a peek at the contents should dispel any of those happy thoughts. It goes for the deep cut, the indescribable pain. Oddly, the wounds in this collection are often to the heart, and always fatal.

Nalo Hopkinson

Tesseracts 9 Tesseracts 9 edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Geoff Ryman
reviewed by Donna McMahon
This is the first in the Tesseracts anthology series that Donna has read in its entirety. The previous ones she looked at felt overburdened with ponderous, somber work that seemed to have been picked for literary 'respectability' rather than story-telling. Here, the vast majority of stories are strongly emotional narratives, rather than aloof exercises of the intellect.

So Long Been Dreaming So Long Been Dreaming edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan
reviewed by Donna McMahon
For all that SF claims to deal with new and challenging ideas, the field is still dominated by white male writers in the tradition of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne who -- like all of us -- have trouble thinking outside of their own cultural boxes. And that's the point of "postcolonial" SF written by people of colour.

So Long Been Dreaming So Long Been Dreaming edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan
reviewed by Matthew Cheney
Colonization has been a common topic of science fiction for ages, generally in one of two ways: either well-intentioned adventurers wander to other planets to learn about the natives and convert them to their own point of view, or aliens venture from their own domain to enslave or destroy the innocent society of which the protagonist is a member. These two types of stories have spawned hundreds and thousands of variations, some more nuanced and complex than others.

Whispers From the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction Whispers From the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction edited by Nalo Hopkinson
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
The mere fact that this anthology is edited by the extremely talented Nalo Hopkinson should be enough enticement to lure many readers in. Add to that a truly bone-chilling story by the editor herself -- a unique and sinister twist on a familiar plot. Then, take into account the creative magic of the 20 authors featured in this book, and you have a sampler tailor-made introduction to the realm of Caribbean fabulist fiction. It's an introduction not soon forgotten.

I Love You And There Is Nothing You Can Do About It I Love You And There Is Nothing You Can Do About It by Gerard Daniel Houarner
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
The author's work can be among the most grisly in the horror genre. But, just because he doesn't shy away from the rough stuff, doesn't mean that's the only note he can play. This collection shows you a touch of that side and the incredible range of one of horror's most beguiling new voices.

Naming of Parts / The Man On The Ceiling / Dead Cat Bounce Naming of Parts by Tim Lebbon, The Man On The Ceiling by Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem and Dead Cat Bounce by Gerard Houarner
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Naming of Parts is a tale that strikes at the heart in a way no other zombie stories can ever approach. The Man On The Ceiling is for those who have never experienced the heart-stopping panic of night terrors. Dead Cat Bounce is the kind of book you lend to friends, just to see if you can appall them.

Going Postal Going Postal edited by Gerard Daniel Houarner
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
SF, fantasy, and horror -- it's all there in this anthology. The editor has gathered together the new names you will be seeing on book spines in all these genre for years to come. Pay attention to the messages and the messengers; they're going to be part of our lives for some time.

The Darwin Elevator The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough
reviewed by Greg L. Johnson
The backstory begins with the appearance of a an alien craft in Earth orbit, a craft which quickly manufactures and connects a space elevator to Darwin, Australia. Five years later, no aliens have appeared, but people begin to die in large numbers. A few are left as violent sub-humans, fewer still have an immunity to the virus. The only refuge is around Darwin, where the elevator broadcasts a field that inhibits the disease, and protects the refugees.

I Was Probed By Aliens And Lived To Tell The Tale I Was Probed By Aliens And Lived To Tell The Tale by Barry J. House
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
Depth, insight, clever characterization, fascinating answers to the alien abduction mythos, are all completely absent from this book. What is does have is an abundance of silly, light-hearted, typically British humour, detailing the abduction and subsequent adventures of Will Brown. Unlike the legions of unfortunate Americans whose abduction experience leads to all manner of unpleasantness, Will Brown finds himself an odd looking alien friend.

Death Perception Death Perception by Lee Allen Howard
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
Kennet Singleton is not your usual nineteen-year-old. Many would be out enjoying themselves at that age, out with their friends, chasing girls, and other things associated with teenage life. Not Kennet, his life with his invalid mother means he has to care for her most of the time, and the only break he gets is working at the local funeral home where he cremates the dearly departed. This type of teen would give some the impression that he is a young Norman Bates character.

Robert E. Howard

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
reviewed by Ivy Reisner
Connie must move into her deceased grandmother's house in order to clean it up and prepare it to be sold. It's a strange old house, with mandrake roots growing in the yard, strange bottles lining the shelves of the kitchen, and no phone or electricity. The timing couldn't be worse, as she has just been approved to begin her doctoral dissertation. On her first day in the house she encounters a name, Deliverance Dane, and a reference to an old book of witchcraft.

Mirrorman Mirrorman by Trevor Hoyle
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
A powerful cult, the Messengers, offers Frank Kersh, an amoral death-row inmate about to be executed, escape from death and the fulfillment of all his desires. In return, while ensconced in a penthouse paradise in a parallel universe, he must defuse or destroy any threats to the cult's plans of world domination.

Crawling Between Heaven and Earth Crawling Between Heaven and Earth by Sarah A. Hoyt
reviewed by Matthew Peckham
Cribbing it's title from one of Hamlet's well-remembered rants, this debut collection is a collage of speculations and fables that invokes the brooding relationship between passion and reason, the beastly and the divine. It collects eleven brief stories -- seven previously published and four new exclusives -- that document the early progress of a writer still working out some stylistic kinks and wrinkles.

All Night Awake All Night Awake by Sarah A. Hoyt
reviewed by David Soyka
William Shakespeare was an Elizabethan playwright who most people think wrote Hamlet and A Midsummer's Night Dream, among others, for the entertainment of both the Crown and the masses. For a variety of reasons, not all of which relate to the genius of the work itself, he is widely regarded as one of the major deities of English Literature and Western Civilization. But who he actually was, well, ah, there's the rub.

Ill Met By Moonlight Ill Met By Moonlight by Sarah Hoyt
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
Nineteen-year-old petty schoolmaster Will Shakespeare arrives home one evening to find his wife Nan and infant daughter Susannah missing. Will tells himself that Nan has simply been called away to help her pregnant sister-in-law; but this logical explanation doesn't quiet the strange foreboding he feels. Setting off to look for Nan, he passes through the wilds of the Forest of Arden, where he stumbles upon a miraculous shining palace with crystal walls, in a place where no palace has ever been before. Inside are lords and ladies in exquisite clothing... and Nan, standing before the throne of the king.

Changer of Days Changer of Days by Alma A. Hromic
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
When Dynan Kir Hama, King of Roisinan, falls in battle, his illegitimate son Sif is drafted by the army's desperate generals into leadership. Winning victory against impossible odds, Sif becomes a hero. There would seem to be no barrier to his burning ambition to become King -- none, that is, but Dynan's rightful daughter, 9-year-old Anghara. Her mother, determined to save her daughter's life, sends Anghara in disguise to relatives far away. Forced into exile, Anghara (already wise beyond her years) must grow up very fast -- too fast, perhaps, for her own gift of Sight manifests precociously, and she hasn't the ability to fully control its strength.

The City Trilogy The City Trilogy by Chang Hsi-kuo
reviewed by William Thompson
Consisting of three novels -- Five Jade Disks¸ Defenders of the Dragon City, and Tale of a Feather, they concern the struggle for political power and control of Sunlon City. The symbolic and urban center for Huhui, a planet with an ancient and violent history, Sunlon has come to represent both the hopes and identity of the Huhui people, the fate of the planet and its culture inextricably bound to its continued fortune.

Hub, Issue 1, Christmas 2006 Hub, Issue 1, Christmas 2006
reviewed by Rich Horton
Here is a brand new UK magazine. It has a slightly unusual format -- 80 all slick, rather thick, pages, with plenty of layout tricks, in a curious squarish shape, 21 cm by 21 cm. It is heavily illustrated, mostly by photographs. Some may find it a bit difficult to read at time -- perhaps there is a certain sacrifice of readability on the altar of coolness of appearance.

Cemetery Sonata II Cemetery Sonata II edited by June Hubbard
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
This anthology, this duet of life and death, is a wide-ranging exploration of the thin line between self and spirit. It is a spellbinding journey through the dark valley, with the sun bright above us. Most important: the stories are more a comforting arm around the shoulders than an attempt to frighten.

Dead Promises Dead Promises edited by June Hubbard
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
The editor has put together a roster of some of the most talented authors in the genre. Julie Ann Parks, Owl Goingback, and Stephen Lee Climer lead a corps of dark fantasy writers who have succeeded in hitting at the heart of this topic; the horror is not only in the fear the wraiths inspire, but in the anguish.

Night Voices Night Voices and Careful What You Wish by June Hubbard
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Certainly, there are dangers in the big city -- gang violence, seemingly random murders, criminals everywhere making the bright lights dark and sinister. Everyone knows that, but, if you've spent some time in the small towns of the South, you know where the true terrors lurk.

Greed Greed by L. Ron Hubbard
an audiobook review by Susan Dunman
This is a collection of three short stories written by L. Ron Hubbard and published in science fiction pulp magazines during the 40s and 50s.  These stories are brought to life with sound effects and a multicast performance reminiscent of old-time-radio, plus the sound quality is crystal clear.

Greed Greed by L. Ron Hubbard
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
Galaxy Audio has taken 150 short stories written L. Ron Hubbard during the 30s through the 50s and turned them into a collection of audio pulp fiction. As you might imagine, many of these are science fiction, and each one has been re-imagined into two-hour audiobooks. This installment of the L. Ron Hubbard collection contains three stories that take a unique approach to science fiction story-telling -- "Greed," "Final Enemy" and "The Automagic Horse."

A Matter of Matter A Matter of Matter by L. Ron Hubbard
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
Once again, listeners have the opportunity to visit the Golden Age of science fiction in this audio release of selected short stories written by L. Ron Hubbard for pulp magazines such as Astounding Science Fiction, Startling Stories, and Thrilling Wonder Stories.  This audiobook contains four stories brought to us by a cast of performers and narrated by R.F. Daley.

On Blazing Wings On Blazing Wings by L. Ron Hubbard
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
David Duane is an American artist, adventurer and air ace who finds himself fighting for the Democratic People's Government of Finland, only because he is in that country when the war starts. As a veteran aviator and air ace, Duane instinctively goes after a group of Russian bombers. But his mission is interrupted when he sees a city in the clouds. This city turns out to be Puhjola, the mythical land of heroes.

The Crossroads The Crossroads by L. Ron Hubbard
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
Keeping faith with pulp fiction of the early 1940's, Galaxy Audio brings three tales from the pen of L. Ron Hubbard to life with a full-cast audio production. Re-creating these stories in sound gives a new dimension to adventures first published in Unknown Fantasy Fiction and Unknown Worlds.

Carnival of Death Carnival of Death by L. Ron Hubbard
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
Galaxy Audio takes L. Ron Hubbard's short stories that were published in various aviation, sports and pulp magazines in the mid-1900's and creates a series of "audio pulps." These audiobooks are about two hours in length and contain one or more short stories within a given genre. The production mixes subtle sound effects, original music and an extremely talented cast of voice talent to create a cinematic audio experience that provides the perfect audio escape from reality. This title includes "The Carnival of Death" and "The Death Flyer."

The Tramp The Tramp by L. Ron Hubbard
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
"The Tramp" was originally published in three parts in Astounding Science Fiction. Appearing in the September, October and November issues during 1938, it is the only story in this audio release. The action begins when a small-town sheriff shoots an escaping vagrant, Doughface Jack, in the head. The local doctor works frantically to save Jack's life, relying on unconventional surgery which involves sewing the two halves of Jack's brain together and replacing the top of his skull with a silver bowl.

If I Were You If I Were You by L. Ron Hubbard
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
This time out, the audiobook contains two stories. "If I Were You" was originally published in the February 1940 issue of Five-Novels Monthly and "The Last Drop" was originally published in Astonishing Stories, November 1941. One of the key features of the Galaxy Audio releases is their super production quality. With original music, and subtle yet effective sound effects, these audiobooks are like a great trip back to the days of radio dramas.

Dead Men Kill Dead Men Kill by L. Ron Hubbard
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
For some reason, horror fans seem to be drawn to zombies. There are podcasts of zombie stories, several books and, of course, the re-writing of Jane Austen's novel as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  Many fans will consider George Romero's Dawn of the Dead as the beginning of this craze, and some die-hard fans will think of Max Brooks, with his Zombie Survival Guide, as reason for the trend.  But back before these guys brought about the flesh-eating scourge called zombies, L. Ron Hubbard wrote a mystery that brought the living dead into America.

One Was Stubborn One Was Stubborn by L. Ron Hubbard
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
The first story, "One Was Stubborn" was originally published in Unknown Fantasy Fiction, October 1940, under the pseudonym Rene La Fayette. It is a simple tale of a man unwilling to watch the world as he knows it vanish. The main character, Old Shellback, is the most stubborn man in the universe. When he goes in for an eye exam, the doctor's computer says he's depressed and should see the new Messiah that is changing the world.

When Shadows Fall When Shadows Fall by L. Ron Hubbard
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
The first of three stories in this collection, "When Shadows Fall," tells the story of Earth after most of its population has left to colonize the universe, leaving the planet depleted of its natural resources. The few inhabitants have very little food, fuel, air or water. The Earth president and council decide to make a last ditch effort and pool all remaining resources to send out among the stars a plea for help.

Danger in the Dark Danger in the Dark by L. Ron Hubbard
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
Remember the old science fiction and fantasy magazines? You know, the ones that featured short stories written by great sci-fi authors. Listening to this audiobook was like going back to those old pulps and reliving the golden age of sci-fi. This collection contains three short stories written by L. Ron Hubbard that are as diverse in subject matter as they are enjoyable to hear.

The Professor was a Thief The Professor was a Thief by L. Ron Hubbard
an audiobook review by Gil T. Wilson
Remember the days of the pulps? Those small magazines that printed short stories ranging from westerns to pirate adventures to science fiction were a staple for many readers during the first half of the 20th century. L. Ron Hubbard wrote stories that appeared in many of the pulps and now Galaxy Press is collecting those stories into audiobooks (and paperbacks) featuring 2 or 3 stories in each book. These are interesting stories to read but they're even more fun to hear.

To the Stars To the Stars by L. Ron Hubbard
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
Alan Corday, engineer-surveyor 10th class, is shanghied on to the long passage ship Hound of Heaven under the orders of cantankerous Capt. Jocelyn. Angry and frustrated, he eventually learns how the ship operates, but upon his return to Earth, his girlfriend is long dead, and the world entirely different from the one he left, so he can never go home. He becomes part of a community of de facto outcasts who live on the ship, traveling from planet to planet.

Matthew Hughes

Tanya Huff

Cain Cain by James Byron Huggins
reviewed by Todd Richmond
It's an action-packed novel filled with combat, big explosions, chases, and suspenseful confrontations. One can't help but get the feeling that it is meant to be a screenplay.

Patternoster Row Patternoster Row by Brian Hughes
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
Cecilia Doyle's life is a model of misery, except for the fantasies that run through her head. She hungers for more from life -- a better body, a decent job, and some genuine excitement for a change. That's a good thing, because excitement such as she has never imagined is about to touch down in her neighbourhood. Excitement, she's about to find, can be far more than she bargained for. In this case, it could be the death of her.

Hobson & Co. Hobson & Co. by Brian Hughes
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
If Charles Dickens, Kingsley Amis, and Tom Sharpe were sent through a teleportation device and coalesced as one person, the first book they/he would turn out would be this one. And a more gleefully malicious human you would be better off never to meet. As a bonus, just add in the talents of a Gahan Wilson or an Edward Gorey, seeing as Hughes does his own delightfully whacked illustrations.

The Dark Ascent The Dark Ascent by Walter H. Hunt
reviewed by Charlene Brusso
This unique military SF series has earned enthusiastic praise for its focus on the philosophical as well as the tactical and strategic sides of conflict. That shift in focus adds an intriguing depth, allowing the author to tell several interlocking stories simultaneously. It doesn't hurt that he's also taken the time to create alien cultures and characters that leave the Hollywood rubber suit and latex forehead crowd fairly well far behind.

Black Arts Black Arts by Faith Hunter
reviewed by Katherine Petersen
Jane Yellowrock is still distraught over the loss of her longtime friendship with Molly Trueblood and hasn't spoken to her since she killed Molly's sister in an earlier book. So it's a bit of a shock when Molly's husband, Evan Trueblood, shows up at her New Orleans home in search of his wife. Evan says Molly left their home in search of Jane to make things right. But Jane suspects something more sinister is afoot when more things start to go wrong.

Death's Rival Death's Rival by Faith Hunter
reviewed by Katherine Petersen
Fans of Jane Yellowrock are in for a true treat with the fifth book in this series about the tough vampire hunter. This story not only has a complex plot that fans have come to expect, but it also delves into Jane's past, giving insight into who she is and why she makes many of the choices she makes. The author also tackles more of Beast's character and her relationship to Jane.

Raven Cursed Raven Cursed by Faith Hunter
reviewed by Katherine Petersen
In this adventure, Jane starts out as a bodyguard to the envoy that Leo Pellissier has sent to Asheville for a parlay with a North Carolina vampire who seeks to become master of his own city. A fanged attack on campers quickly turns Jane into an investigator, facing enemies, both recognized and unrecognized, from her past. As usual, her mouth gets her in trouble on numerous occasions.

Mercy Blade Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter
reviewed by Katherine Petersen
Jane's vacation with her boyfriend, Rick LaFleur, is interrupted by an announcement that the weres are coming out of the closet. Leo Pellessier, master vampire of New Orleans, has planned an event to parlay with African weres, but before the party, he sends Jane to deliver a "get out of town" message to a persona non grata. Expecting to confront a vampire, Jane faces off instead against a pack of werewolves thirsty for blood.

Blood Cross Blood Cross by Faith Hunter
reviewed by Katherine Petersen
In this second title of the fabulously dark and mysterious Jane Yellowrock series, the New Orleans vampire Council hires Jane to track down a vampire who has been creating young rogues and letting them loose on the city. But there's much more to the plot than tracking down one evil vampire. Jane must also outwit Leo Pellessier, vampire master of New Orleans who wants revenge because he believes she killed his son rather than the impostor who took his son's life decades ago.

Skinwalker Skinwalker by Faith Hunter
reviewed by Katherine Petersen
Jane is a skinwalker, an ancient Cherokee supernatural being that has the ability to take the shape of any animal she chooses. A vampire hunter by trade, Jane nearly lost her life killing the blood family of a rogue vampire in the Appalachian Mountains, now she has accepted a new assignment in New Orleans. A rogue vampire has attacked numerous tourists and cops, and Katherine (Katie) Fonteneau has hired Jane on behalf of the Vampire Council, to hunt it down. There's more to the assignment than tracking a rogue though.

Percival and the Presence of God Percival and the Presence of God by Jim Hunter
reviewed by Neil Walsh
In his introduction, the book's editor calls this "Christian existential novel." Neil agrees, it is an oddity, all right. Perhaps even more existential than it is Christian. Not much action. Lots of introspection. And yet, very visceral.

Demon Witch Demon Witch by Geoffrey Huntington
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
A new caretaker has arrived, and there's something very odd about him -- quite apart from the fact that he's a 600-year-old gnome. A long-absent member of the Crandall family unexpectedly returns, with a lovely young fiancée about whom Devon (and all the other males who encounter her) begins having disturbing, sensual dreams. Devon starts to see terrifying visions of Ravenscliff's Hellhole, open by his hand... and of a mysterious, malevolent sorceress called Isobel the Apostate.

Sorcerers of the Nightwing Sorcerers of the Nightwing by Geoffrey Huntington
reviewed by Victoria Strauss
Devon March has always known that the monsters in his closet are real -- and that, mysteriously, he has the power to fight them. His Dad knows it too. But he never explains why the loathsome demons are there, or why Devon can banish them with a word, or why Devon sometimes manifests other powers, such as the ability to teleport objects and open doors without touching them. When Devon is fourteen his father falls ill, and reveals a shocking secret: Devon isn't his real son.

Fatal Image Fatal Image by Jim Hurst
reviewed by Lisa DuMond
You often hear about how sitting in front of a computer is ruining your health. The screen is chiselling away at your 20/20 vision. Repetitive motions are making you the carpal tunnel poster child. Sitting in place is giving you a beautiful pear shape. Well, at least the computer isn't trying to kill you.

Charlie Huston

Under the Rose Under the Rose edited by Dave Hutchinson
reviewed by Paul Kincaid
Under the rose -- sub rosa -- has long been associated with secrecy. It is particularly related to the confidentiality of the confessional. None of the 27 stories gathered in this anthology is confessional in mode or concerns the passing on of secrets, however; this is not by any stretch of the imagination a theme anthology. The secrecy, then, would seem to lie in the existence of the anthology itself.

The Lost Continent The Lost Continent by C.J. Cutcliffe Hyne
reviewed by Georges T. Dodds
The book takes us back to the primæval Yucatan peninsula, where Deucalion, who has honestly, justly and steadfastly governed over the Yucatan colony, is now recalled to Atlantis. There trouble brews, grim poverty, a falling away from ancient traditions, a usurper-empress, Phorenice, reigning with an iron fist. When she buries alive Naia, Deucalion's betrothed, he flees to the wilderness. Years later, he joins an army of revolt, but when the religious leaders realize that Phorenice is unvanquishable by force, they must destroy the entire continent...

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