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J LHLS Archives: September 2004
Friday, September 10, 2004
by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Publisher: Pocket Star
Review by Kathryn L. Ramage
Dungeons and Dragnetů
A warrior, an elf, a dwarf, a barbarian, a priest, and two halflings stop for the night at a seedy inn in the city of Cliff's End. Typical quest, or set-up for an elaborate Tolkien-geek joke? Keith R.A. DeCandido's fantasy-oriented detective novel, Dragon Precinct, tends toward the latter. First, the warrior is murdered at the inn under mysterious circumstances. Then the elf is killed in the same way. Cliff's End Castle Guard detectives Torin ben Wyvald and half-elven Danthres Tresyllione are called in to investigate the case. [more]
Posted by Kathryn L Ramage @ 02:49 PM PST [Link]
Hot and Sweaty Rex
By Eric Garcia
Published by Villard Books, 2004
Review by Ida Vega-Landow
Our boy Vinnie is at it again! This time Vincent Rubio, the dinosaur detective, is up to his artificial eyebrows in mob business. For those of you who missed the first two books in this serio-comedy series by California writer Eric Garcia (also the writer of "Matchstick Men", which was recently made into a movie starring Nicholas Cage), the premise, in brief, is that all the dinosaurs (who were really quite intelligent, despite their walnut-sized brains) faked their own extinction and now live among us, disguised as humans in stretchable latex outfits and masks, similar to the ones used on the original "Mission Impossible" TV series. They also have their own sects and secret societies within this human-dominated world. One of them is their own version of the Mafia. [more]
Posted by Ida Vega Landow @ 01:15 PM PST [Link]
By James Gunn
Publisher: Pocket Books
First Trade Paperback Edition September 2004
Review by John D. Groper
I love short stories. The best of them astound the reader with the author's ability to draw one in, tell a tale, bring light to characters and events, and quickly withdraw - all in the space of a few short pages -leaving the reader with a new understanding, but also with a strong desire to return to that which had only just become familiar, but is now gone. One wishes this was one of those books in which each additional tale brought greater clarity to the subject, and appreciation of the talents of the author. It is not.
This book is a collection of five stories: four written in a seven-year period beginning in 1955; one new from April of 2004. The author recounts the history of the writing in a preface that shows, ironically, that some stories seem to have a life of their own. Ironically, because the subject matter here is immortality. All have appeared in various Science Fiction magazines, and ABC made a Movie of the Week in 1969, based on ideas from the early stories. [more]
Posted by John D Groper @ 12:43 PM PST [Link]
Monday, September 6, 2004
Between The Cracks - All Miracles Have a Price
By: Harris O'Malley
Published by: Studio Underhill
Review by Kathy LaFollett
According to the back cover:
"A dead woman awakes to the sound of gunfire.
A chance meeting of eyes across a crowded club lead to a whirlwind of secrets and lies. A cursed musician seeks to escape his immortal lover, while a writer's addictions force him to face creatures from myth. And a young woman's search for love exacts a horrible cost.
Welcome to Abbott."
What I found was closer to:
The Bride of Frankenstein becomes a prostitute. [more]
Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 05:11 PM PST [Link]
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