Husk, Corey Redekop (ECW Press)

Redekop follows up his 2007 debut, the very funky Shelf Monkey, with the story of Sheldon Funk, a struggling actor, who wakes up during his own autopsy. Undead but still functional, Funk looks for a way to keep himself out of the wrong people’s hands, land a plum acting job, and (eventually) weather the storm of … Continue reading Husk, Corey Redekop (ECW Press)

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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)

K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America’s Most Unlikely Tourist, Peter Carlson (PublicAffairs)

Most North Americans remember Nikita Khrushchev, the Russian dictator, as the guy who banged his shoe on his desk at the UN in 1960. Few recall that the shoe-banging was preceded by a 1959 visit to the U.S. in which Khrushchev, or K as he was headlined in the press, toured the country and captivated … Continue reading K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America’s Most Unlikely Tourist, Peter Carlson (PublicAffairs)

Winnipeg Free Press column, December 2012

If you're looking for something for a book-lover's Christmas stocking, start with Michael Crichton and Richard Preston's Micro (HarperCollins, 536 pages, $11). The novel was unfinished when Crichton died in 2008. Preston, who lives in New Jersey, completed it, but the collaboration is seamless: this reads like Grade A Crichton all the way. Without blowing … Continue reading Winnipeg Free Press column, December 2012

Winnipeg Free Press column, May 2010

Dracula the Un-Dead (Penguin, 591 pages, $14) is a rousing and occasionally very frightening sequel to Bram Stoker's Dracula. Authors Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt, working from Bram Stoker's handwritten notes, have taken his characters and crafted a new story, set a quarter century after Dracula. Not only do they continue the story of Mina … Continue reading Winnipeg Free Press column, May 2010

The Serpent of Venice, Christopher Moore (Morrow)

What do you get when you stitch Othello, The Merchant of Venice, and “The Cask of Amontillado” together? Well, you get this rollickin’ adventure in which Pocket, the royal fool introduced in Moore’s Fool (2009), is lured to Venice, where he thinks he’ll be having a fun time with the beautiful Portia, but where three men (including a fella named … Continue reading The Serpent of Venice, Christopher Moore (Morrow)