Duncan Garrow and Chris Gosden, Technologies of Enchantment

Duncan Garrow and Chris Gosdens’ Technologies of Enchantment? Exploring Celtic Art: 400 BC to AD 100 is a result of a UK Arts and Humanities Research funded project from 2005–2008, with the goal of examining “Celtic art” from the late Iron age through the early Roman era in Britain, from, as the subtitle notes, 400 . . . → Read More: Duncan Garrow and Chris Gosden, Technologies of Enchantment

Fran Wilde, Updraft

Fran Wilde’s Updraft is a debut novel from a writer with a strong record of short story publication. Set in a post apocalyptic culture where people spend their lives above the clouds in living towers of bone, depending on fliers using silk and leather wings for transportation, and governed by a secretive group, the Singers, . . . → Read More: Fran Wilde, Updraft

John D. Rateliff, The History of the Hobbit

John D. Rateliff’s The History of the Hobbit is a handsome three-volume slip-cased set of hard covers. The first two volumes are the actual History of the Hobbit, in the form of Part One: Mr Baggins, and Part Two: Return to Bag-End. The third volume in the set is Tolkien’s published version of The Hobbit, . . . → Read More: John D. Rateliff, The History of the Hobbit

Stephen King, Finders Keepers

Stephen King’s summer release, Finders Keepers, picks up the saga of retired police detective (“Det Ret”) Bill Hodges, a story King began in his previous novel, Mr. Mercedes. Although it’s book two of a planned Bill Hodges Trilogy, Finders Keepers doesn’t suffer from any of the usual middle-of-a-trilogy weaknesses. The novel stands easily on its own, the . . . → Read More: Stephen King, Finders Keepers

Kelley Armstrong, Led Astray

Kelley Armstrong’s Led Astray hits all the notes it’s supposed to, and quite a few higher ones as well. A short story collection featuring both original tales and smaller bits and bobs related to Armstrong’s various ongoing continuities, it’s an enjoyable read, expertly arranged to provide bite-sized variety all the way through. And while Armstrong’s . . . → Read More: Kelley Armstrong, Led Astray

Hannu Rajaniemi, Collected Fiction

To read Hannu Rajaniemi’s Collected Fiction is to get thrown immediately into the deep end. There are no warmup stories here, no simpler pieces to ease the reader into Rajaniemi’s voice and style. Instead, the very first story bombards the reader with the technical language of a highly wired, gloriously convoluted future. It’s sink or . . . → Read More: Hannu Rajaniemi, Collected Fiction

Steeleye Span’s 40th Anniversary Souvenir Tour Guide

This Steeleye Span souvenir tour guide follows the format for pretty much every such publication over the past fifty or so years; a high gloss print job with lots of photographs and text covering the band. This one differs from the usual such offering by being a retrospective look at the band instead of focusing . . . → Read More: Steeleye Span’s 40th Anniversary Souvenir Tour Guide

Michael Newton, Editor, Victorian Fairy Tales

Fairy tales weave a complicated dance between children’s stories and sophisticated adult commentary, often within the same story. Pinning down a definition of what constitutes a fairy tale can sometimes feel like nailing water to a tree, but certain elements are constant: there will always be magic, and magical creatures (although, as editor Michael Newton . . . → Read More: Michael Newton, Editor, Victorian Fairy Tales

Charles Stross, The Annihilation Score

Consider the matter of an antique violin, one of a number constructed by a man called Erich Zan, and made of human bone taken from multiple live donors. Violins which are solely intended to produce music capable of murdering demons. The problem is that a demented soul lives within this particular violin and it thrives on . . . → Read More: Charles Stross, The Annihilation Score

Summer Queen 2015, Interview with S.J. Tucker

The shelves and windowsills were crowded with ravens; the hedgehogs took the first row of seats; even a few of the local fae could be seen peeking shyly around corners now and again. The Jacks and the Annies were in attendance, of course, and most of the staff from both Green Man Review and Sleeping Hedgehog.

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