Hellboy: The Lost Army, by Christopher Golden

Genre: Dark Fantasy Publisher: Simon and Schuster Published: 2004 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by James Michael White Have you read this book? Hellboy, the big rough-and-tumble, red-skinned devilish dude whose comic-book history tells us was accidentally brought into this world by evil Nazis at the end of WWII, and who …

Hellboy, by Yvonne Navarro

Genre: Movie Novelization Publisher: Simon and Schuster Published: 2004 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by James Michael White Have you read this book? Yvonne Navarro’s novelization of Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy screenplay is a quick, fun read full of slam-bang monster-fighting action and occultish Nazi intrigue conveyed with workman-like (okay, workwoman-like) …

Puzzles of Flesh, by Jason Brannon

Genre: Horror Anthology Publisher: Silver Lake Publishing Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by James Michael White Have you read this book? It isn’t fair to criticize a work solely for lacking originality. After all, it’s not whether ideas are common or uncommon that distinguishes them nearly as much as …

Outlet, by Randy Taguchi

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Vertical Inc. Published: 2003 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by James Michael White Have you read this book? Randy Taguchi’s novel, Outlet, a best seller from Japan, possesses qualities both peculiar to Japanese SF and what in western circles is known as “chick lit,” which may mean …

The Guin Saga, by Kaoru Kurimoto

Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Vertical Inc. Published: 2003 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by James Michael White Have you read this book? Young adult heroic fantasy may be overshadowed these days in a market saturated with gigantic multi-volume world-building word orgies bulging with all the jejune appeal of silicone teats (think …

King Rat, by China Mieville

Genre: Modern/Urban Fantasy Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by James Michael White Have you read this book? Any story that makes you want to be more like its heroes, even its tragic ones, has something going for it, even if those heroes happen to be …

The Glasswalker, by M. Abrahamson

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Morris Publishing Published: 2002 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by James Michael White Have you read this book? Rarely has a worse book been written, and never has a worse one been read. Lest that seem unfair, let me hasten to add that rarely have I ever …

CounterClock World, by Philip K. Dick

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Knopf Published: 1967 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by James Michael White Have you read this book? Philip K. Dick starved in relative obscurity for most of his career, being one of those “genre writers” and, perhaps even worse, one of those “science fiction” writers. Then along …

Haroun and the Sea of Stories, by Salman Rushdie

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Penguin Published: 1990 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by James Michael White Have you read this book? Any novel that poses the question, “What’s the use of stories that aren’t even true?” has just cobbled together a pretty big shoe to fill, and Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the …

Ring, by Koji Suzuki

Genre: Horror Publisher: Vertical Inc. Published: 2003 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by James Michael White Have you read this book? Okay, I confess, I saw the American theatrical version of The Ring before I read the novel and my reaction to the original source material has no doubt been tainted …

Dark Shadows on the Moon, by John B. Ford

Genre: Horror Anthology Publisher: Hive Press Published: 2001 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by James Michael White Have you read this book? There’s this huge orchestra, see, and in it are all the expected instruments and sections, yeah yeah, all the brass and strings and woodwinds and percussion and even some …

Touching the Flame, by Paul Kane

Genre: Horror Anthology Publisher: Rainfall Books Published: 2002 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by James Michael White Have you read this book? Among the blurbs of praise on the book’s back cover you will find this one by David Langford (quoted from SFX magazine), “Kane is best when taking risks with …

Ebb Tides, by Mary Soon Lee

Genre: Science Fiction Anthology Publisher: Dark Regions Published: 2002 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by James Michael White Have you read this book? Ebb Tides is a collection of twenty short stories by Mary Soon Lee who explores the sociological side of science fiction (as opposed to the hard gadget/techy/wow side) …

Tonton Macoute, by William Allan

Genre: Horror Publisher: Eggplant Productions Published: 2002 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by James Michael White Have you read this book? Among the guidelines of some horror fiction editors you will find a plea that goes something like, “For God’s sake, don’t send us stories set in clubs or where the …