The Gates of Sleep, by Mercedes Lackey (Daw Books, 2002)

The classic tale of Sleeping Beauty is reimagined and retold with a Victorian flavor in this new offering by Mercedes Lackey. Like her previous book in the Elemental Masters series, The Serpent’s Shadow, this one brings the sensibilities and customs … Continue reading

The Complete Big Books of… Review

The Big Book of the ’70s, by Jonathan Vankin (Paradox Press, 2000) The Big Book of Bad, by Jonathan Vankin (Paradox Press, 1998) The Big Book of Conspiracies, by Doug Moench, (Paradox Press, 1995) The Big Book of Death, by … Continue reading

Beast, by Donna Jo Napoli (Simon and Schuster, 2002)

It’s hard not to be familiar with the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, even if the version most people are familiar with is the Disney movie. Man finds abandoned castle, steals a rose to bring back for the sake … Continue reading

A Morbid Initiation, by Philippe Boulle (White Wolf Publishing, 2002)

(Being the first volume of three, in which we uncover many a mystery, are introduced to an enigmatic and most secret society of night-walking fiends, and enjoy the company of a lovely lady of noble blood as she descends into … Continue reading

The Wild Angel, by Pat Murphy (Tor, 2001)

After a brutal murder deep in the gold rush hills of California leaves her orphaned, young Sarah McKensie becomes something straight out of dime novels, a creature inspired by Burroughs and fleshed out by Kipling: the Wild Angel. Feral, raised … Continue reading

Serpent’s Shadow, by Mercedes Lackey (Daw, 2001)

I’ve always had a soft spot for the works of Mercedes Lackey. I discovered her soon after her first book, Arrows of the Queen, first in her long-running Heralds of Valdemar series, came out, and I stuck with her as … Continue reading

The Flight of Michael McBride, by Midori Snyder (Tor, 1995)

“Once, long ago when the Tuatha Da Danann rode their fairy horses over the green hills, a mortal man fell in love with Etian, the second and much-neglected wife of Midhir, King of the Fairy Hill of Bri Leith. This … Continue reading

A Night In The Lonesome October, by Roger Zelazny (Avon Books, 1993)

It’s October, sometime in the late 1800s, and the fate of the world is at stake. Come the end of the month, a Ritual will be held, one that will determine once again whether the Great Old Ones break through … Continue reading

The Beggar’s Opera, by John Gay (Barron’s Educational Series, 1962)

The Beggar’s Opera, or at least the edition I recieved for review, and I, have an unusual history. Ever since I received this book in the mail, one thing after another manifested to distract me from my mission. Every time … Continue reading