Literary Matters: Glen Cook: Working God’s Mischief

Arnhand, Castauriga, and Navaya lost their kings. The Grail Empire lost its empress. The Church lost its Patriarch, though he lives on as a fugitive. The Night lost Kharoulke the Windwalker, an emperor amongst the most primal and terrible gods. The Night goes on, in dread. The world goes on, in dread. The ice . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Glen Cook: Working God’s Mischief

Glen Cook: Working God’s Mischief

It’s been too long a wait, but the next book of Glen Cook’s The Instrumentalities of the Night has finally made its appearance. It’s hard to know how to lead into this one, so I’m going to let Cook do it:

Arnhand, Castauriga, and Navaya lost their kings. The Grail Empire lost its empress. The . . . → Read More: Glen Cook: Working God’s Mischief

Literary Matters: It’s Been a Nasty Winter

For some of us, at least. Fortunately, some hardy souls have managed to defy the elements and send in some new reviews, so let’s take a look.

First, Death’s Apprentice from K. W. Jeter and Gareth Jefferson Jones, featuring, among other things, a killer for hire to works for the Devil.

Next up, from steampunk . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: It’s Been a Nasty Winter

K.W. Jeter and Gareth Jefferson Jones: Death’s Apprentice

Death’s Apprentice is a book that really, really wants to be a movie. The story of three unlikely heroes who band together to defeat the Devil himself, it suffers from by-the-numbers plotting, on the nose writing, and paper-thin characters who go where the plot leads willy-nilly. It all ends in a messy small-scale Amageddon, complete . . . → Read More: K.W. Jeter and Gareth Jefferson Jones: Death’s Apprentice

Steven Brust and Skyler White: The Incrementalists

In my view, a new novel by Steven Brust is something to be eagerly awaited. And when he collaborates with another writer, the results can be both unexpected and very rewarding. And so, I opened The Incrementalists with a large measure of anticipation.

The Incrementalists are a group who have been guiding humanity toward a . . . → Read More: Steven Brust and Skyler White: The Incrementalists

Mike Resnick: The Doctor and the Rough Rider

Mike Resnick, as I’m sure I’ve stated before somewhere – probably here – is one of those writers who should not need an introduction. He’s one of most prolific – and versatile – writers in science fiction, and one of the most awarded, having won five Hugos and been nominated thirty-seven other times. If you . . . → Read More: Mike Resnick: The Doctor and the Rough Rider

Elizabeth Bear: Book of Iron

With Book of Iron, Elizabeth Bear pays another visit to the world of Bijou the Artificer, the Wizard of Messaline who makes creatures out of bone, jewels, and metal and who embarks on adventures, whom we first met in Bone and Jewel Creatures.

Bijou and her fellow adventurers, Prince Salih, second son of the Bey, . . . → Read More: Elizabeth Bear: Book of Iron

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro: Night Pilgrims

In literature, films, and television virtually choked with vampires, Yarbro’s Count Saint-Germain remains the suede, the elite, the unique. You won’t find Saint-Germain gnawing on bloody kills, wallowing in gratuitous violence, or throwing blatant sexuality around either. No. His vampiric encounters are tastefully erotic, and the very detail that the Count is a vampire is . . . → Read More: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro: Night Pilgrims

And for your reading pleasure . . .

We have books. (Big surprise, that.)

First, let’s see what’s in store in Brandon Sanderson’s The Emperor’s Soul — how do you rebuild an Emperor in 100 days (or less)? Hint: failure is not an option.

Next, an anthology assembled by John Joseph Adams, Epic: Legends of Fantasy, that puts heroic fantasy in a new . . . → Read More: And for your reading pleasure . . .

Mike Resnick’s Stalking the Zombie

There’s actually a fairly long history for the fantasy detective genre, going back at least to Randall Garrett’s stories of Lord Darcy from the 1960s. The genre has enjoyed a roster of stellar practitioners — Michael Moorcock, Glenn Cook, Steven Brust, Tanya Huff, to name just a few. Add to that list Mike Resnick, who . . . → Read More: Mike Resnick’s Stalking the Zombie