Sitting not far away were the Lord of the Dance and the Dancing Queen, ostentatiously not talking to each other, on principle. . . . Once handfasted, now divorced, they each led very separate dance religions. The Lord of the Dance was currently boasting an ethnic Celtic look, complete with woad and ritual scarring, while the Dancing Queen stuck to her beloved disco diva look. It was always a joy to watch them enter a room, their every movement graceful and poised and significant, as though they were moving to music only they could hear. -- Simon R. Green's Hex and The City

This piece was written and copyrighted by musician-writer Paul Brandon and published by us several years ago but it seemed appropriate to publish it yet again in this long, hot August we are having.

It's kind of odd sitting here, trying to write something about autumn, when the temperature outside is kicking on towards 90 degrees and the flowers and shrubs are just beginning to show their spring colours. Even after ten years, the reversal of seasons here in Australia still throws me. I guess it always will.

For me, August will forever be school holidays; riding bikes through silent and still woodlands, fishing, mischief and those English evenings that just drift away casually into darkness. September was always a terrible time -- the return to school. Then there's October. I miss the slight nip of winter, teasingly biting at bare arms in the late afternoon, and the incredible smell of the autumn bonfires, the clearing away the piles of leaves that just can't fit onto the mulch pile. Unfortunately here, very few trees lose their leaves over the so-called winter (though I do have a lovely Tasmanian myrtle to the front of the house that does an admirable impression of a beech hanger with it's shift from green, through red to gold). And of course any sort of combustion is highly frowned upon.

October in Brisbane brings with it warnings. Sudden days where the temperature can flash up to nearly 100, before dropping back down to a more respectable 45 or so, always making me think that this year, the summer won't be quite so hot. But of course it always is. There are the bright colours and smells, unlike the muted pastel browns and greens of England,the return of the koels, the cuckoos with the most unbelievably eerie night calls, and let's not forget my old friends the possums, out looking for nooks they can slip into unobserved.

So for a time at least, I'm going to pretend that it is indeed autumn here, that I don't have a fan blowing on me and it's not piercingly blue outside. I'm going to pretend that yes, perhaps the trails and episodes of this last year can indeed be cast off, and thatif I can hold on long enough, winter will pass.

The following is something I was noodling with when I was back home earlier this year. Originally it started life as a simple little piece for a cameo reading, then shifted into a song for the band, and once again (as seems typical with anything I write) it changed its mind and decided it might like resting here for a time.

Safe journeys all, and save me a nice glass of Greene King ale!

Elf-shot, faerie led, Never trust the restless dead
Oakroots, blackthorn sticks, Pixies up to usual tricks
Corn ears,gentle rain, Time of the Kinghere again

Hang him high, boys,
Nail him high
Fa-ra-to-ra-li boys
Time for him to die

Wild brook, mossy stone, Leadme to the harvest home
Darkbeer, summerwine, Revel in the blackberry time
Hop wreath, acorn cap, Hammer home the ale keg tap

Hang him high, boys,
Nail him high
Fa-ra-to-ra-li boys
Time for him to die

Rough bark,crimson pain, One man's loss isothers' gain

Hang him high, boys,
Nail him high
Fa-ra-to-ra-li boys
Time for him to die

Fa-ra-to-ra-li boys
Time for him to die

Most of the lands where the Green Man Building is located are late into a hot summer. None of our reviewers summoned up the energy for a large number of reviews this time round, but they've made up for it in quality.

Our Featured Review this issue is Kelley Caspari's review of the audiobook version of Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Kelley says, 'If you've never heard Good Omens, you should. Whether or not you give a damn about theology or metaphysics, I prophesy you'll find yourself chuckling often -- or, like me, barking -- as Martin Jarvis and these two well loved masters poke fun at everything most people hold dear and bring you to the brink of Armageddon.' Kelley nets an Excellence in Writing Award for her review.

First up, Craig Clarke has a look at Tim Curran's The Corpse King. According to Craig, this, 'is more than just a horror tale. It's also a tragic portrait of friendship.' See why he thinks so here.

Next, Faith J. Cormier has two reviews for us this edition. She enjoyed Masked, Lou Anders' 'anthology of tales of original superheroes.'

On the other hand, she struggled to find anything good to say about The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman, and the best she could come up with was, 'Now, I am sure that there are thousands of people out there who will love this book and think that I'm insane.' Faith earns herself a Grinch Award for this review.

Next up is Richard Dansky's examination of Michael Knost's anthology, Legends of the Mountain State 3, 'a small gem of the horror genre.' You can see why he liked it here.

Denise Dutton also has two offerings for us this time round. First she examined Dick and Jane and Vampires, a 'mashup' of classical literature by Laura Marchesani. Denise's detailed and literate analysis of this book can be summarized this way: 'See Dick. See Dick run. See Jane. See Jane play. See . . . Vampire? See reviewer take interest. See book fail on all counts. See reviewer cry.'

Denise likes Go, Mutants!' by Larry Doyle much better. 'Go, Mutants! has aliens, monsters, giant insects, zombies, science run amok, high school romance -- what's not to love? Uh, nothing. This book is about as perfect as it gets when it comes to sheer entertainment value.' Find out more thisaway.

Cat Eldridge also spent some time with an audiobook for us. He says of Simon R. Green's Hawk & Fisher -- Number One (AKA No Haven for the Guilty) that it is 'better far as an audio work' than it is in print, for all sorts of reasons. See his explanation here.

Our next review is of Ilona Andrews' Bayou Moon. Gereg Jones Muller isn't a big fan. He says, 'Think Twilight crossed with Bordertown. If that thought makes you wince, you're starting to get the picture. Welcome to the Edge. In fact, so far as I'm concerned . . . you're more than welcome to it.' Gereg earns himself a Grinch Award for his frank review.

Robert M. Tilendis is, however, a fan of Connie Willis and considers her a brilliant satirist. He was ready to love Blackout, and he did for so for the first --'close to brilliant' -- half. Then he realized that, 'this is not the kind of story that can sustain itself for almost five hundred pages,' and found it a great pity indeed.

Fortunately for Robert, he also reviewed Five Odd Honors by Jane Lindskold this outing. He calls it, 'one of the more enjoyable books I've read recently.' Find out why here.

Finally, Leona Wisoker read Ivan and Marya, an ebook from Anna Kashina, for us. She loved the opening, but was disappointed by the work as a whole. 'There's a sense of real potential in this novel, held back by a tendency to stay superficial and aloofly mysterious rather than seriously digging in to the characters and issues presented. Compared to the promise shown in the first few pages, the bulk of Ivan and Marya fell disappointingly flat for me.'

That's all for this time, folks. Join us again in September. The leaves won't be turning yet, and indeed it will still be winter in the farthest south parts of the Building's grounds, but it will be time for a new crop of reviews.

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Words and Music

Kage Baker reading her
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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 Haunted Ballad

Robin Williamson's 'Five Denials on Merlin's Grave'

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

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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

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James Stoddard

Catherynne Valente

Gordon Van Gelder

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