If you thought you’d seen it all, guess again. We have a review from Cat Eldridge this morning of a group of stories about a man does see it all — and wishes he couldn’t.
The protagonist of these first person narrated stories, Cal McDonald, is a fucking mess. That’s a result of being able . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Steve Niles: Criminal Macabre: The Complete Cal McDonald Stories
Warning: here be spoilers. Lots of them.
There are no such things as vampires. Everyone knows that, including Bob Howard and the other members of The Laundry, the secret agency that protects the British from the eldritch horrors that are just waiting outside time and space to devour everything here. Why everyone believes that is . . . → Read More: Charles Stross, The Rhesus Chart
If you like your urban fantasies several steps up from the gutter, this is not the book for you. This is closer in tone to the gruesomeness you find on the show, Criminal Minds. Indeed I can easily picture that team investigating the crime that starts off this collection, as they did investigate a crime . . . → Read More: Steve Niles: Criminal Macabre: The Complete Cal McDonald Stories
No writers intentionally writes something that a reviewer doesn’t like, and no fan of that writer ever wants to see a review that is not favourable to that writer. Unfortunately this will happen to every writer at some point and so it was with this review by Richard Dansky of this novella:
Everything about the . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Clive Barker: Tortured Souls: The Legend of Primordium
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
Sometimes, a book defies expectations for the better.
Take, for example, Father Gaetano’s Puppet Catechism, a product of the impressively fertile collaboration between Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola. Reading the back cover text, one might note the inclusion of children and childhood toys in the story and the hint of magic, and assume that this . . . → Read More: Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden: Father Gaetano’s Puppet Catechism
I’ve gotten into the habit of thinking of Mike Mignola as a creator of graphic novels. And so, of course, I find myself faced with Joe Golem and the Drowning City, a collaboration with Christopher Golden, billed as “an illustrated novel.” It’s still pretty much the kind of thing I’ve come to expect from Mignola.
. . . → Read More: Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden: Joe Golem and the Drowning City
Now that all the feasting and merrymaking is winding down, we’ve got some nice reading lined up for you for those cold winter night still ahead.
Let’s start with an old favorite of ours here at GMR, Steven Brust, and his latest tale of Vlad Taltos, Tiassa. It’s about — well, a tiassa. Or maybe . . . → Read More: And a Happy New Year to You, Too!