Stephen King: "The Little Green God of Agony" ***** - Excellent.
Leah Bobet: "Stay" **** - Do love me a good Windigo yarn.
Simon Bestwick: "The Moraine"Stephen King: "The Little Green God of Agony" ***** - Excellent.
Leah Bobet: "Stay" **** - Do love me a good Windigo yarn.
Simon Bestwick: "The Moraine" **** - Nice.
Laird Barron: "Blackwood's Baby" ***** - Mr. Barron is quickly becoming one of my favorite horror writers.
David Nickle: "Looker" **** - Creepy cool.
Priya Sharma: "The Show" *** - Very good, but none of the characters are very personable - and having a sympathetic character in the mix helps with horror. Still sometimes bad things do happen to bad people.
Margo Lanagan: "Mulberry Boys" *** - Interesting, but it seem horrific to me... Then again I usually root for the Mad Scientists.
Brian Hodge: "Roots and All" **** - Again not all that horrific, but I liked that in the end he had to .... well no spoilers. I liked the end.
A.C. Wise: "Final Girl Theory" ** - Wild idea, but I just didn't enjoy it.
Livia Llewellyn: "Omphalos" *** - Solid story.
Simon Bestwick: "Dermot" ***** - Yes, in those circumstances I fear too many would make the same deal.
Alison Littlewood: "Black Feathers" ***½ - Good and creeps, but it touches a little too close to home.
Chet Williamson: "Final Verse" *** - Not bad, but kind of predictable IMOP.
Terry Lamsley: "In the Absence of Murdock" ***½ - Good. No idea why he disappeared when he did, but it was nice and creepy.
Glen Hirshberg: "You Become the Neighborhood" **** - Slow unfold, but the payoff is excellent.
John Langan: "In Paris, in the Mouth of Kronos" ***½ - Nice. It was a bit predictable, but I did like it.
Anna Taborska: "Little Pig" ****½ - Yep, that is horror.
Peter Straub: "The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine" ** - Meh!...more
- “Some Desperado” by Joe Abercrombie - A Red Country story ***** - DAMN GOOD!
- “My Heart is Either Broken” by Megan Abbott ***** - Wow. Very, VERY Go- “Some Desperado” by Joe Abercrombie - A Red Country story ***** - DAMN GOOD!
- “My Heart is Either Broken” by Megan Abbott ***** - Wow. Very, VERY Good.
- “Nora’s Song” by Cecelia Holland *** - I DO NOT like historical fiction, but the story is well written.
- “The Hands That Are Not There” by Melinda Snodgrass **** - Great story, but the ending felt a little forced. IMOP the aliens should have killed him (that would be the logical thing to do), but if they had done that there would be no story. Also, I didn't really feel the menace from the dangerous woman (she felt more liked a miffed maven or a pissed-off pawn).
- “Bombshells” by Jim Butcher - A Harry Dresden story **** - Excellent, would have gotten a 5 save I cannot stand it when everyone is beautiful and brilliant and bad- arse (and hints at maybe death can be cheated... I REALLY HATE that).
- “Raisa Stepanova” by Carrie Vaughn **** - Great story.
- “Wrestling Jesus” by Joe R. Lansdale **** - My only complaint is that the dangerous woman of the story wasn't dangerous at all, and barely featured in the story - in fact she was just a sexual backdrop and motivator for the men. I found that kind of disappointing.
- “Neighbors” by Megan Lindholm *** - A good, solid story - mayhaps a little over-long.
- “I Know How to Pick ’Em” by Lawrence Block ** - Didn't really like this one. Well written, clever; just not my thing.
- “Shadows For Silence in the Forests of Hell” by Brandon Sanderson ***** - Excellent. I would love to have this as a RPG setting.
- “A Queen in Exile” by Sharon Kay Penman *** - Another Historical Fiction, also well written.
- “The Girl in the Mirror” by Lev Grossman - A Magicians story *** - Solid, if a bit Harry Potter-like.
- “Second Arabesque, Very Slowly” by Nancy Kress **** - Very, Very Good.
- “City Lazarus” by Diana Rowland **** - Nice!
- “Virgins” by Diana Gabaldon - An Outlander story ** - I have a bias against this series, so my opinion may be slanted - but I believe I would give it a 2 even if I didn't have this bias. The story was meandering, filled with beautiful sexy super geniuses, and the woman in question acted illogically on several points.
- “Hell Hath No Fury” by Sherilynn Kenyon **** - Felt like a good old fashioned Southern Ghost Story.
- “Pronouncing Doom” by S.M. Stirling - An Emberverse story *** - Good story, but a point off because all the technology that failed works on differing principles (and I HATE that people just put a blanket over all technologies without considering some might stop and others continue to work fine. Fire and water seem unaffected, but no steam power? It does not track)
- “Name the Beast” by Sam Sykes *** - Interesting. Nice to see humanity on the other side.
- “Caretakers” by Pat Cadigan *** - Solid story, but maybe a little longer than it needs to be.
- “Lies My Mother Told Me” by Caroline Spector - A Wild Cards story **** - I do love me a good Wild Cards Story, I just felt the ending didn't make a lot of sense from the bad guys perspective (that is for a group trying to control and manipulate Aces they had a piss-poor plan for delivering ultimatums... massively stupid IMOP)
- “The Princess and the Queen” by George R.R. Martin - A Song of Ice and Fire story ***** - Simply Faboo!
The Repairer of Reputations - ***** The Mask - ***** In the Court of the Dragon - ** (kind of forgettable) The Yellow Sign - **** The Demoiselle d'Ys - **The Repairer of Reputations - ***** The Mask - ***** In the Court of the Dragon - ** (kind of forgettable) The Yellow Sign - **** The Demoiselle d'Ys - *** The Prophets' Paradise - *** The Street of the Four Winds - **** The Street of the First Shell - *** (non-genre, but the last bit bumped it up to a good story... just) The Street of Our Lady of the Fields - **** (Love story - really good) Rue Barrée - *** (Love story, not bad)...more
The main reason it gets a 2 is the editing stunk. A good editing, standardizing the text, dealing with the non-standard English, making the cartoons clThe main reason it gets a 2 is the editing stunk. A good editing, standardizing the text, dealing with the non-standard English, making the cartoons clearer - it would have earned a solid 3. Some of the individual stories were very, very good.
Story Ratings: Dracula's Guest - *** (not bad... not great either) The Judges House - **** (I like a good rats in the walls story) The Squaw - *** (If thStory Ratings: Dracula's Guest - *** (not bad... not great either) The Judges House - **** (I like a good rats in the walls story) The Squaw - *** (If the cat had lived I would have given it a 4) The Secret of Growing Gold - ** (Poor copy of the Tell Tell Heart) The Gypsy Prophecy - ***(The Prophecy was true... and misinterpreted) The Coming of Abel Behenna - ** (Meh!) The Burial of the Rats - ** (Also Meh!) A Dream of Red Hands - *** (Not bad) Crooken Sands - ** (Another Meh!)
I picked it up for "The Horla", and i was a little disappointing in that story (it might deserve 3 stars, but it gets 2 because I was unhappy with it)I picked it up for "The Horla", and i was a little disappointing in that story (it might deserve 3 stars, but it gets 2 because I was unhappy with it). Overall I really enjoyed his work.
My ratings of each story: Mademoiselle Fifi - ***** An Affair of State - **** The Artists - **** The Horla - ** Miss Harriet - *** The Hole - *** Love - ** The Inn - **** A Family - ** Bellflower - **** Who Knows? - ***** The Devil - **** Epiphany - **** Simon's Papa - **** Waiter, a “Bock” - *** The Sequel to a divorce - *** The Mad Woman - *** In various Roles - **** The False Gems - *** Countess Satan - ** The Colonel's Ideas - **** Two Little Solderer's - *** Ghosts - **** Was it a dream? - *** The Diary of a Madman - ***** An Unfortunate Likeness - *** A Country Excursion - **
Long and dull, as many history books are. If you are interested in the history of history it might be worth perusing, or maybe if you want to write a sLong and dull, as many history books are. If you are interested in the history of history it might be worth perusing, or maybe if you want to write a story set in the period and would like to better grasp the ideas and prejudices of the day.
Even if you are not so inclined the you should read the intro/preface, written by a contemporary of Newton to the Queen by John Conduitt (Politician and relative of Newton) - It is as fine and wonderful example of Obsequious Narcissism as I have ever read. It is a must-read!
The information is overly simplistic, he relies far too much on 'Flatland' (you would be better off reading Flatland inI wanted to like it.
The information is overly simplistic, he relies far too much on 'Flatland' (you would be better off reading Flatland in fact), hes repetitive, the 'fiction' story is drivel, and I do not believe he can go more than three pages without mentioning God or Gods.
If you are interested in 4D objects and beings and you have no idea what those things are, then maybe this book would be okay... maybe, but I don't see how.
I suggest you PICK OVER this one as it deserves to be at the bottom of a CLIFF (Yes I am bad and I should be punished). ...more
**spoiler alert** In comparison to some other books I have read recently, I have to say it was refreshing to read smart people acting smart. Now I hav**spoiler alert** In comparison to some other books I have read recently, I have to say it was refreshing to read smart people acting smart. Now I have plenty to grouse about, in particular when smart people suddenly do something so incredibly stupid that the only explanation is the author had reached and impasse and to move the story in the direction she wanted she had to have them be idiots... but I digress.
A few minor points: I do not believe the CDC sends out individuals, ever (they send teams) – and if they did it would not be a statistician with no medical and limited field experience. Prion diseases are certainly real, but I am really suspicious of this ones scope and speed (doesn’t quite track, but its fiction and here I know I am nit-picking).
To the good: the Vet comes across very nicely and the animals are portrayed quite realistically (the predators are attracted to humans not because they think to eat the humans but because they equate humans with feeding time and treats)
The main point – Chapter 40 begins with our intrepid hero demanding access to the evil-doers lair, and when they are rebuffed (as they knew they would be as the hero had visited once before and been told in no uncertain terms to have a warrant next time) they threaten to call in backup (emphasis – THREATEN). The bluff works but they are required to surrender their telephones and recording devices (Which the dumb-arses DO!). They then have the audacity to be surprised when the 2D Corporate scumbag tosses them into a closet and uses them as guinea pigs for their experimental cure.
I fear that cost the book a star.
The only other major complaints was the obligatory “We humans are short-sighted prigs” speech given by our hero (I would have loved for they feisty Veterinarian to slap his fool face for that) and the forced physical/romantic relationship between our hero and heroine.
In the end, it was a good book – 3 Solid Stars!
Addendum - I have skimmed some other reviews and they pointed out errors I forgot to mention such as: The President does not have the authority to call out the National Guard. That is the purview of the state Governors. The Guard does not wear dress uniforms in the field. There is no such rank as a brigadier colonel.
To defend the book from some other complaints I have to say the government's actions are reasonable and consistent, if harsh. Killing all the livestock and then all of the pets makes sense. I dont like it, but it IS logical. ...more