What we get in for reviews here is always a surprise as we expected lots of music reviews and very few book reviews but got just the opposite. So we decided to give you a baker's dozen or so of those reviews.
I should note that Robert Tilendis is the Editor next edition of our Steven Brust one-off which has a very cool continuity by Mr. Brust and many, many other goodies! I for one am looking forward to that edition.
Before you get to those reviews, an article from the extensive archives of Le hérisson de sommeil (The Sleeping Hedgehog), the in-house newsletter for our staff and other folk we like -- it's worth a second read as it is quite true that we find books in the oddest places as this recollection by our Librarian illustrates quite nicely indeed . . .
Our featured book review touches on the topical -- today's mass media -- and a fan favourite, zombies. Curing cancer and the common cold sounds pretty awesome, until you add the zombie quotient. Craig Clark tells us what he thought of Mira Grant's novel Feed (inexplicably released in 2010 with the same title as award-winning author M.T. Anderson's amazing dystopian YA novel from 2002) in his Excellence in Writing Award-winning review.
A new addition to the Green Man family, Kelley Caspari, took a look this week at Sara Perry's The Tea Deck. She says, 'As the now almost mythical door-to-door encyclopedia salesman knew, the opportunity to sell your product goes up exponentially once you've gotten it into the hands of a customer.' How does this relate to a Tea Deck . . . and just what the hell is one? Read more to find out.
Denise Dutton tells us, 'I've always heard that cooks would use the nasty bits -- pieces nobody else would want, unpalatable to most -- to make the most amazing things.' Did the same hold true for Anthony Bourdain's collection of foodie articles, The Nasty Bits? Find out if Denise found the book mouthwatering enough to recommend.
Editor in Chief Cat Eldridge reviews the latest in Charles Stross's Laundry Files series, The Fuller Memorandum. How did he think this one measured up to earlier books in the same series? Find out thisaway.
April Gutierrez gives us a two in one review this week, placing Stephen King's 'weighty tome' Under the Dome alongside his considerably shorter work, Blockade Billy. Let her explain how 'In both these stories, King effectively portrays the kind of horrors we'd like to believe people wouldn't inflict on others, and yet they do.'
April also took a look at Sarah Jane Stratford's debut novel, The Midnight Guardian, which she explains 'plays out across a pivotal time in history -- late 1938 to mid-1940 -- drawing on the early days of World War II for tension and atmosphere.' Read on for more.
Michael Jones says Sonya Bateman's Master of None 'combines some of the best and worst aspects from Grand Theft Auto, Ocean's Eleven, Martin Lawrence movies, and whatever buddy film springs to mind.' Hah! Pull up a chair to hear more on that score.
'Continuing to reimagine the heroines and storylines of beloved fairy tales,' says Michael in his Excellence in Writing Award-winning review of Red Hood's Revenge, 'Jim Hines turns his attentions towards Little Red Riding Hood, reinventing her as a dark, tragic, driven anti-heroine out to exact her own revenge upon those who once wronged her.' Awesome!
In his last offering this week, Michael tells us what he thought of Trent Jamieson's new novel, Death Most Definite. Read the entire review to hear about a book described as 'a tragically romantic comedy, a metaphysical fantasy, and a whole lot of fun.'
Fans of Michael Moorcock's Dorian Hawkmoon might like to read this week's review of Moorcock's The Mad God's Amulet from Green Man Master Reviewer Robert Tilendis and Editor next edition of our Stephen Brust one-off. Robert calls Hawkmoon his 'favorite of the avatars of Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion.'
But on this next one, Robert confesses 'to a bit of ambivalence about Alan Moore's work.' Knowing that, are you curious to discover what he thought of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen -- Century -- 1910 by Alan Moore's and Kevin O'Neill? If so, read on.
Robert also took a look at The Authority -- Rule Britannia, the second part of Wildstorm's World's End series from DC Comics. He says, 'It's a complex and fairly chaotic narrative, and the abrupt shifts between various members of the Authority as they are dealing with various aspects of the various problems don't necessarily make things any clearer.' What of the work as a whole? Ask Robert.
Robert says, 'I mentioned at the end of my review of two of Gail Simone's Secret Six collections that I was 'going to lay hands on a copy of Villains United -- I want the back story on this bunch' Well, he did. Read his review to discover what he thought of this DC Comics release from 2005.
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Kage Baker (1952 to 2010)
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 to 1973)
Kage Baker reading her
A reading from Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn
Elizabeth Bear reads The Chains that You Refuse
Black 47's 'Liverpool Fantasy'
An excerpt from Paul Brandon's The Wild Reel novel
Emma Bull and Will Shetterly's The War for The Oaks movie trailer
Nicholas Burbridge's 'Open House'
Cats Laughing's 'For It All'
Charles de Lint performing his 'Sam's Song'
Charles de Lint -- Some thoughts on his fiction
Gaelic Storm's 'Kiss Me'
Christopher Golden's 'The Deal'
The opening chapter of The Weaver and The Factory Maid, the first novel in Deborah Grabien's Haunted Ballad series.
An excerpt from Deborah Grabien's Rock & Roll Never Forgets -- A JP Kinkaid Mystery
'The Winter Queen Reel' (played by Roger Landres), composed in honour of Jane Yolen
Chuck Lipsig on 'Star of Munster' variations
McDermott's 2 Hours' 'Fox on the Run'
An excerpt from James Stoddard's 'The High House'
Tinker's Own performing 'The Tinker's Black Kettle', a jig by Charles de Lint from The Little Country
Vagabond Opera's 'Marlehe'
A Vasen tune for your enjoyment
Cathrynne Valente's 'The Surgeon's Wife'
Cathrynne Valente reading a selection titled 'The Tea Maid and The Tailor' from The Orphan's Tales
Robin Williamson's 'Five Denials on Merlin's Grave'
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