Happy Fiftieth Anniversary Doctor Who.....
Watcher of the Dark by Joseph Nassise
I missed mentioning this one last week. Joseph's urban fantasy series that began with Eyes to See a couple years ago and its great to see he's got three novels out of it and its so wrong that I will have to get the first as an eBook at this point. This one sounds like a descent into darkness with a protagonist that unintentially sells his ability to see in daylight to see all the things that really exist when the sun goes down. You can go here on tor.com to read an exerpt and take a look at the synopsis.
Jeremiah Hunt has learned a lot since his life was irrevocably hijacked by fate months ago. But when he performs an arcane ritual to reclaim the soul of the magically gifted, beautiful woman who once saved him, he must flee the law once again, to Los Angeles, city of angels, a temporary sanctuary.
In L.A., he has to contend with Carlos Fuentes, who sees in Hunt a means to obtain the mystical key that would open the gates of Hell. Fuentes knows Hunt’s weakness—his loyalty to the woman he loves, and to another “gifted” friend—and uses the real threat of torturing them as a way to get Hunt to help complete his dread quest.
End of the Road edited by Jonathan Oliver
As people who have read my blog for a while know I love themed and even un themed anthologies. The short story is an under appreciated art and I have hopes that Internet sites like Clarkesworld, Apex, Lightspeed and Nightmare magazines and collections like this can help spread the love. Solaris had done several science fiction and fantasy collections over the years and this is one I've been looking forward to for months since I saw the first cover sample... Here is the synopsis and gives little hint as to who in part of the contents but knowing the history of Solaris with these its likely to be awesome.... Here's the link to Solaris also
An incredible anthology of orginal short stories by an exciting list of writers including the bestselling author philip Reeve and the World Fantasy award-winning Lavie Tidhar.
Each step will lead you closer to your destination, but who, or what, can you expect to meet at journey’s end? Here are stories of misfits, spectral hitch-hikers, nightmare travel tales and the rogues, freaks and monsters to be found on the road. the critically acclaimed editor of Magic, End of The Line and House of Fear has brought together the contemporary masters and mistresses of the weird from around the globe in an anthology of travel tales like no other. Strap on your seatbelt, shoulder your backpack, or wait for that next ride... into darkness.
The Land Across by Gene Wolfe
So Gene Wolfe has been my favorite speculative fiction writer since early in 1980's when I first read the amazing red sun story Shadow of the Torturer and made long distant Jack Vance fantasies among my favorite stories. I'm willing to say anything Gene writes is worth reading and that's silly but this does sound good. You can get to an excerpt here and below find the synopsis.
An American writer of travel guides in need of a new location chooses to travel to a small and obscure Eastern European country. The moment Grafton crosses the border he is in trouble, much more than he could have imagined. His passport is taken by guards, and then he is detained for not having it. He is released into the custody of a family, but is again detained.
It becomes evident that there are supernatural agencies at work, but they are not in some ways as threatening as the brute forces of bureaucracy and corruption in that country. Is our hero in fact a spy for the CIA? Or is he an innocent citizen caught in a Kafkaesque trap?
Last to Rise by Francis Knight
I loved the urban fantasy introduction to this second fantasy world with the novel Fade to Black a some months ago and have been anxious for each subsequent volume. This dark fantasy that to me seemed equally influenced by my favorite sword and sorcery tales my love of the near future stories of 200AD, Judge Dredd and the grim future settings like 40k. Francis pulled from so many of her sports entertainment and fictional lives in crafting this world and its inhabitants; I for one hope this is not the last sojourn there and I hope she has more in store for us as a writer no matter what it is.
Here is a link to the except from the book and in the days to come i will link back to my previous posts and excerpts from this marvelous series...
Hope Doctor Who totally rocks....... I love them all even the ones I've seen so few of....
For honesties sake my first doctor who was the non canonical Peter Cushing... Followed by Tom Baker.. Sonic screwdriver for the win....