'Good evening, Lord Corwin,' said the lean cadaverous figure who rested against a storage rack, smoking his pipe, grinning around it. 'Good evening, Roger. How are things in the nether world?' 'A rat, a bat, a spider. Nothing much else astir. Peaceful.' 'You enjoy this duty?' He nodded. 'I am writing a philosophical romance shot through with elements of horror and morbidity. I work on those parts down here.' 'Fitting, fitting,' I said. 'I'll be needing a lantern.' He took one from the rack, brought it to flame from his candle. 'Will it have a happy ending?' I inquired. He shrugged. 'I'll be happy.' 'I mean, does good triumph and hero bed heroine? Or do you kill everybody off?' 'That's hardly fair,' he said. 'Never mind. Maybe I'll read it one day.' 'Maybe,' he said. -- Roger Zelazny's The Hand of Oberon

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 . . .

It's been jocularly observed that the presence of many books in one place can actually warp both space and time.

I'm Iain MacKenzie, the Head Librarian here at the Green Man Building, and I'm not sure that this view is so very far from being right. The stacks here at the Library, for instance, can be rather frighteningly extensive. Though we've never actually lost anyone, that I know of.

And did you know there is a unique little bookshop in the Green Man building? You didn't, did you? I was here for years before I stumbled upon it, just last year.

I was restless late one winter night a month or so ago, unable to sleep no matter what I did, so I came down from my garret lodgings to the Library to do some cataloguing, escorted by Fenodyree, one of the cats. I noticed a warm, yellow light coming from a hallway where I didn't recall any light before, so I went to investigate.

The light spilled from the open top-half of a door; the door had a small sign hanging on it that read, rather simply, 'Books'.

Peering through the door, I saw a rather small, gnarled-looking individual sitting at a tiny desk surrounded by what looked to be thousands of books, shelf after shelf of them. Library-style ladders ran along the walls on the left and right.

The whole lot was in a space barely wider than the doorway itself, but seemingly running deep into the building.

The proprietor appeared to be deeply immersed in a book, and didn't seem to notice me and the cat standing rather hesitantly just outside the door, even when Finn jumped up onto the top ledge of the half-door and leaned in, waving his stumpy tail around for balance, to get a closer look.

All in all, it put me in mind of one of those tiny bookstores where the proprietor must be talked into parting with one of the books for sale. Finn and I exchanged a glance, and after a moment I decided to continue on my way to my catalogues, Finn jumping down with a soft thud to the floor and running ahead of me across the hall.

And then, as so often happens, I was busy with thing after thing, and I haven't managed to make my way back to the strange little bookshop to explore. One of these days. . .  .

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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Words and Music

Kage Baker reading her
The Empress of Mars
novella

A reading from Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn

Peter S. Beagle reading 'The Fifth Season', 'Marty and the Messenger', 'Mr. McCaslin', 'None But A Harper (Ibid.)', 'The Rock in the Park' and 'The Stickball Witch'

Excerpts from Peter S. Beagle's forthcoming novels, Here Be Dragons and Summerlong

Elizabeth Bear reads The Chains that You Refuse

Black 47's 'Liverpool Fantasy'

An excerpt from Paul Brandon's The Wild Reel novel

Tunes from Paul Brandon's old group, Rambling House and his new group, Sunas

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 Oak King March' (featuring Will Harmon and Zina Lee on fiddles and Pete Strickler on bouzouki), composed in honour of Peter S. Beagle

'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'

Jennifer Stevenson's 'Solstice', plus a reading of 'Solstice' by Stevenson herself.

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'

Interviews

Kage Baker

Peter S. Beagle

Steven Brust

Emma Bull and Emma Bull & Will Shetterly on the War for the Oaks screenplay

Tom Canty

Glen Cook

Ellen Datlow and Gavin Grant of YBFH

Charles de Lint in 1998 and 2006

Gardner Dozois

Brian, Wendy and Toby Froud

Neil Gaiman in 2004 and 2005

William Gibson

Christopher Golden

James Hetley

Michael Kaluta

Patricia McKillip

James Stoddard

Catherynne Valente

Gordon Van Gelder

Charles Vess

Terri Windling

 

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