Westlake Soul, Rio Youers (ChiZine)

Westlake Soul used to be a surfer dude with a beautiful girlfriend. Now, after a tragic accident, he’s trapped inside himself, living in a permanent vegetative state but with the ability to project his consciousness outside himself and to communicate with his dog (although it must be stated that, as we read the book, we … Continue reading Westlake Soul, Rio Youers (ChiZine)

The Republic of Thieves, Scott Lynch (Del Rey)

Announced as early as 2008, the long, long, long-awaited sequel to The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006) and Red Seas under Red Skies (2007) finally arrives. The story picks up almost immediately after the end of Red Seas. Locke Lamora, professional thief and con artist, has been poisoned (“He was being unknit from the inside; his veins and sinews were … Continue reading The Republic of Thieves, Scott Lynch (Del Rey)

Red Seas Under Red Skies, Scott Lynch (Bantam)

The science-fiction caper novel constitutes a small genre to begin with (Keith Laumer and Harry Harrison may be its best-known names), but Lynch added something entirely new to it with his debut, The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006). That novel, which told the story of a young boy taken under the wing of a master thief, was … Continue reading Red Seas Under Red Skies, Scott Lynch (Bantam)

The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch (Bantam)

On a distant world, orphan Locke Lamora is sold into a crew of thieves and con artists. Soon his natural gifts make him an underworld celebrity, leader of the flamboyantly larcenous Gentleman Bandits. But there is someone who covets Locke’s talents, his success, his very life, forcing him to put everything on the line to … Continue reading The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch (Bantam)

Hang Wire, Adam Christopher (Angry Robot)

There’s a lot going in this genre-bender. Let’s start with the title, Hang Wire, which refers to a serial killer terrorizing San Francisco. Not to be confused with Highwire, the brilliant new circus performer who keeps disappearing from his place of work. There are some ancient gods in human form who are very concerned about making … Continue reading Hang Wire, Adam Christopher (Angry Robot)

The Night Eternal, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (Wm. Morrow)

The concluding volume of the horror trilogy concerning a moden-day vampire invasion (coauthored by noted film director del Toro and noted crime-fiction writer Hogan) finds the ragtag band of human rebels scrambling to find a way to neutralize the Master, the leader of the vampires, before he takes over the world. Human society still exists, … Continue reading The Night Eternal, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (Wm. Morrow)

The Strain, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (Wm. Morrow)

This one’s sure to get a lot of interest. Del Toro, the acclaimed film director (Pan’s Labyrinth), teams up with Hogan, the popular thriller writer (The Blood Artists), to reexamine, if not completely reinvent, the vampire novel. The story begins when an airliner lands at JFK and promptly goes dark. When investigators go aboard, they … Continue reading The Strain, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (Wm. Morrow)