Literary Matters: Adria Laycraft & Janice Blaine (editors): Urban Green Man

We tend to think of the Green Man as a woodsy, countryside sort of figure, but there’s no reason that has to be the case. So, we have an anthology of short stories on the theme of the Urban Green Man, edited by Adria Laycraft and Janice Blaine.

Richard Dansky took a look at . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Adria Laycraft & Janice Blaine (editors): Urban Green Man

Adria Laycraft & Janice Blaine (editors): Urban Green Man

Themed anthologies carry with them an inherent risk. Make the topic too broad and there’s no sense of cohesion among the stories. Make it too narrowly focused – the apocryphal “vampire cockroach anthology” David Niall Wilson once threatened to publish standing as prime example – and the risk is that in order to fit, the . . . → Read More: Adria Laycraft & Janice Blaine (editors): Urban Green Man

There’s Still Time

To pick up some last-minute New Year’s gifts — take a look at what we’ve got here today.

We start off today with a couple of novels from Iain M. Banks, who comes up with some doozies — as in Surface Detail, a novel of the Culture, in which a sex slave is after revenge . . . → Read More: There’s Still Time

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 . . .

You Were Warned

And here I am, back again with more reviews. Hmm — where to start?

Zombies! Cant’ live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em — which seems to hold true for some people, at least. Christopher Golden has come out with an anthology that reinvents the zombie, according to our reviewer — 21st Century Dead. Or . . . → Read More: You Were Warned

Thought I’d Pop Over

and lend a hand with an update. There’s a few things in the hopper worth your time, I think.

First up, a fun little book from Glen Cook. Fun? you say? From Glen Cook? Yep. Take a look at Sung in Blood to see what I mean.

Ever hear of MI37? Thought not. There’s a . . . → Read More: Thought I’d Pop Over

2012 — Day Two at GMR

Yes, it’s January 2nd here at GMR, and as I promised yesterday, we have more to keep you occupied on those long evenings.

First, Brian Lumley’s The Fly-By-Nights, a slightly different take on vampires.

And as long as we’re looking at vampires, we have Jeaniene Frost’s One Grave at a Time, in which the heroes . . . → Read More: 2012 — Day Two at GMR

Words: Short Fiction Considered

Four looks at short stories this outing; two are author collections and two are anthologies. None grabbed my interest, but maybe something will capture yours!

We lead off with Deathbird, a collection of stories by one of the Grumpy Old Men of New Wave SF, a man who elevated being testy to an art form. . . . → Read More: Words: Short Fiction Considered