LitStack Review: The God Wave by Patrick Hemstreet

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The God Wave Patrick Hemstreet Harper Voyager Release Date:  May 17, 2016 ISBN 978-0-06-241950-7 The tale starts simply:  neuroscientist Chuck Brenton is musing on the plasma-screened brain wave chart of a cellist as she concentrates on mastering a difficult musical passage, and thinks back to when EEGs of those electrical impulses were recorded, as his [….]

LitStack Review: The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

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The Library at Mount Char Scott Hawkins Crown Publishers Release Date:  June 16, 2015 ISBN 978-0-553-41860-6 When doing research for this review, I was gladdened to read that Scott Hawkins, the author of The Library at Mount Char, likes to do such ordinary and mundane (in a good way) things such as woodworking, computer programming, [….]

Featured Author Review: Kalimpura by Jay Lake

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Kalimpura Jay Lake Tor Books First Edition:  January 22, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-7653-2677-5 The memory of the divine is like the memory of pain – you know you have experienced it, but you cannot relive the experience.  In the years since, I have come to realize this protects us all from the sharp edges with which [….]

Featured Author Review: Endurance by Jay Lake

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Endurance Jay Lake Tor Books, 2011 ISBN 978-0-7653-2676-8 —♦— After reading Jay Lake’s first high fantasy novel, Green, I will admit to being a bit ambivalent about his young heroine, the title character Green.  She was more complicated than I had been anticipating, and it took a while before I was able to shed my [….]

Featured Author Review: Green by Jay Lake

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This month, we have the honor of hosting Jay Lake as our January Featured Author. Jay Lake lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works on numerous writing and editing projects. His books for 2012 and 2013 include Kalimpura from Tor and Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh from Prime. His short fiction appears [….]

Featured Author Review: ‘Gears of the City’ by Felix Gilman

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Gears of the City Felix Gilman Bantam/Spectra, 2008 ISBN 978-0-553-80677-9 —♦— I had to wonder as I read Felix Gilman’s novel Gears of the City (the follow up to his debut novel, Thunderer) if he is an obsessive writer.  He must be.  The sheer density of the world he creates in both landscape and in [….]

Featured Author Review: ‘Thunderer’ by Felix Gilman

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Thunderer Felix Gilman Bantam Dell/Spectra, 2008 ISBN 978-0-553-59110-1 In this breathtaking debut novel, one man embarks on a thrilling and treacherous quest for his people’s lost god—in a labyrinthine Dickensian city that is either blessed . . . or haunted. Arjun arrives in Ararat just as a magnificent winged creature sails over the city. It [….]