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Wednesday, 28 November 2012 22:09

Mystic mysteries in the City of Dark Magic'

Fantasy thriller blends and transcends genres

Prague is a city of mysteries. While many European cities have histories filled with intrigue and mysticism, Prague might well surpass them all. It was once a place of vast wealth and cultural depth; even today, after years of damage done by Nazis and communists, it remains a place of significance.

And according to Magnus Flyte, Prague is also the 'City of Dark Magic' (Penguin, $16). Flyte the shared pseudonym of writers Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch has taken this city that has been home to royalty and rabble and alchemists and artists and constructed a tale of mystical mystery and intrigue.

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Friday, 16 November 2012 10:39

The Curious Steambox Affair' a near miss

Steampunk mystery never quite finds its feet

The relative popularity of steampunk as a literary genre makes a good deal of sense. It combines the romanticism of the Victorian era with the trappings of science fiction, resulting in a mash-up to delight history buffs and sci-fi fans alike. The possibilities of a world where major scientific advances are made with the power of steam are myriad.

Of course, having a lot of directions in which to go also means that there are a lot of directions not worth going.

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Wednesday, 14 November 2012 17:35

Embracing the everyday with Penn Jillette

'Every Day is an Atheist Holiday' humorous and honest

There are plenty of writers out there who celebrate their respective faiths. Religion is a great part of our world's wonderful literary tapestry. Authors everywhere wax poetically about the whats and whys of their beliefs.

And then there's Penn Jillette.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 13:41

Tom Wolfe returns with Back to Blood'

Miami stars in author's first novel in seven years

One of the masters is back in business.

In an age of hyperbole, it's easy to throw around a term like 'literary icon.' However, there are precious few authors who genuinely deserve such a title. Tom Wolfe is such an author. While perhaps best known for groundbreaking non-fiction works such as 'The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test' and 'The Right Stuff,' Wolfe has also written masterful novels that turn his critical eye on the social dynamics of New York City ('Bonfire of the Vanities') and Atlanta ('A Man in Full'), as well as private university life ('I am Charlotte Simmons').

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People sometimes forget that you don't have to shock to scare.

You can scare with shock if you choose, of course, but too often, we forget that sometimes subtlety can be just as scary or even scarier than overt in-your-face tactics. In fact, some of the most frightening tales ever put to page rely on a subtle intensity designed to draw you into their own world rather than shock you out of your own.

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:45

Meeting Strangers on the Beach'

Maine native pens engaging, entertaining thriller

It's easy to tell when an author sets a novel in a place for which he or she has a genuine affection. When that love of place is there, it informs the entire piece with truth and honesty that makes the narrative really come to life.

Author Josh Pahigian clearly carries that sort of affection for Old Orchard Beach, the Maine tourist town that serves as the backdrop to his novel 'Strangers on the Beach.'

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012 14:57

When humor meets horror

This Book is Full of Spiders' transcends its genre

What if the people of the world were slowly being infected by parasitic brain spiders? Spiders that burrowed their way in and waited until the proper moment to simply take complete control of their hosts (with monstrous consequences)? Spiders that no one could even see?

No one but you.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:38

Enraptured by Nerds'

Novel offers satiric look at post-Singularity society

When speculative fiction is at its best, it transcends genre. It becomes a literature of ideas, and if it those ideas are presented in the context of good storytelling, so much the better. Bringing together thoughtful, polished prose and well-developed and fully-realized characters makes for an outstanding foundation upon which to build a vision of the future, be it a millennium away or merely years.

'The Rapture of the Nerds' (Tor; $24.99), co-authored by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, serves as a first-rate example of just how great and how much fun the literature of speculation can be.

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Wednesday, 12 September 2012 14:12

An alternate Armageddon Slow Apocalypse'

Novel offers a gradual end of the world

When we think about the end of the world, we tend to think of it happening in a single moment. One minute here, next minute gone. But what if it wasn't like that? What if society held together long enough for us to actually bear witness to each phase of its ultimate deterioration?

We might see the world of Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author John Varley's 'Slow Apocalypse' (ACE, $25.95). It's a story about what might happen if the world as we know it ended not in one giant flash of Armageddon, but piece by piece.

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Thursday, 06 September 2012 09:05

Taken' urban fantasy at its finest

Quick-turning series offers third book in a year

One of the worst parts of reading a fiction series is the knowledge that when you turn the last page of one of those books, it could be years until you see the next installment.

Unless you're reading something like Benedict Jacka's excellent Alex Verus series; you'll likely have the next book in a matter of mere months. 'Taken' (ACE, $7.99), the third book in the series, has just been released. This is after the first book, 'Fated,' debuted in February and the second book, 'Cursed,' came out in May.

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