Murther and Walking Spirits, by Robertson Davies

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Viking Published: 1991 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? This is a frame story; journalist Connor Gilmartin, having been unceremoniously murdered by his wife’s lover, sits incorporeal next to his murderer at the Toronto Film Festival, watching from the afterlife …

Brendell, Apprentice Thief, by Patrick Welch

Genre: Fantasy Anthology Publisher: Double Dragon E-Books Published: 2002 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Fraser Ronald Have you read this book? This is the second e-book I’ve reviewed by Patrick Welch, the first having been the Thirteenth Magician. The quality of writing I noted in that book is also present …

Great Apes, by Will Self

Genre: Modern/Urban Fantasy Publisher: Grove/Atlantic Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? This is a maddening book — sharply written, of course, as one would expect from Will Self — but maddening nonetheless, in more ways than one. For a start we’re …

SZMONHFU, by Hertzan Chimera

Genre: Dark Fantasy Publisher: Eraserhead Press Published: 2001 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul Kane Have you read this book? Do not adjust your mind.On second thoughts, scratch that. Maybe you should. Eraserhead Press, known for their strange taste in fiction, have at long last taken on board a purveyor …

The Fox Woman, by Kij Johnson

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? This is a hardcover I bought on a lark because I was feeling prosperous after a big run-up in my stocks. Well, now my net worth is about half …

The Gammage Cup, by Carol Kendall

Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Harcourt Published: 1959 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? A rising tide lifts all boats, they say. The rising tide caused by the phenomenal success of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books has indeed lifted the boats of many …

American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

Genre: Modern/Urban Fantasy Publisher: William Morrow & Co Published: 2001 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Bill Sheehan Have you read this book? In the introduction to his 1973 collection, Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison stated that “when belief in a god dies, the god dies,” yielding, inevitably, to deities who reflect …

Bridge of Birds, by Barry Hughart

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Ballantine Published: 1989 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? For some little time a top-recommended book for me has been Bridge of Birds. As it was published in 1984, I was somewhat skeptical of my ability to find it: however …

Grendel, by John Gardner

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Random House Published: 1971 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jonathan M. Sullivan Have you read this book? John Gardner was a scholar of Anglo Saxon literature-not to mention one of the finest American novelists of the late twentieth century. His widely acclaimed novel, Grendel, first released in …

The Blue Flower, by Penelope Fitzgerald

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Reader Rating Penelope Fitzgerald is a rather well-known author in the U.K., having been short-listed for the Booker Prize four times and winning once (for Offshore (1979)). The Blue Flower is the story of the romance …

Essential Saltes: An Experiment, by Don Webb

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Reader Rating The dedicated SF reader does well to scrounge other then the Science Fiction shelves. Many books are hard to categorize, and many books are categorized for marketing reasons rather than any formal genre …

Peregrine: Primus, by Avram Davidson

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Wildside Press Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Reader Rating Wildside Press, under the direction of John Gregory Betancourt, has been a respected small press in the field for some time. One of their most worthy projects is the reprinting of most of Avram …

Galveston, by Sean Stewart

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Ace Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Reader Rating Galveston is set in the same world as two of Sean Stewart’s earlier novels, Resurrection Man and The Night Watch, though all three books are set at different times, and feature different characters. It’s an …

The King’s Peace, by Jo Walton

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Tor Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Reader Rating The King’s Peace is an absorbing book, full of action and battles and treachery, which nonetheless reads almost quietly. This is because it is at heart about a rather philosophical subject: the creation of a …

When the King Comes Home, by Caroline Stevermer

When the King Comes Home, by Caroline Stevermer Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Tor Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Reader Rating Caroline Stevermer has a new book out, When the King Comes Home. It’s apparently set in the same world as her fine earlier novel A College of Magics. …

The Last Hot Time, by John M. Ford

Genre: Modern/Urban Fantasy Publisher: Tor Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Reader Rating John M. Ford is one of the best and subtlest writers we have, as well as having outstanding range. His previous books include spy stories, space opera, hard SF set on the Moon, and …

Year’s Best Fantasy, edited by David G. Hartwell

Genre: Fantasy Anthology Publisher: EOS Published: 2001 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by David L. Felts Reader Rating Mr. Hartwell brings us an admirable and global collection of stories culled from a variety of sources. Several continents and countries are represented here, with authors from Great Briton, Australia, Yugoslavia, Canada, and the …