The second in the "Nightside" series, in which private eye John Taylor is commissioned to search for the "Unholy Grail" - the cup from which Judas drank at the Last Supper. EVERYONE in the Nightside is after this prize, which promises to confer unimaginable power - and will do ANYTHING to get it. The comedy and horror here are even darker than in the first one - but there are also odd moments of poignance.
This is a collection of entertaining and informative essays - most of them editorials from Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, others from articles or essays he wrote for other publications - on various aspects of science fiction, including the genre's beginnings, the fans, what makes good science fiction, etc.
During China's infamous "Culturual Revolution," two city boys are sent to a remote mountain village for "reeducation. They discover and begin surreptitiously reading, a cache of Western literary classics translated into Chinese; they also form a bond with the daughter of the local tailor. It's a bit slow at points, but overall, a moving tale.
This is such a charming little volume, written by two of the greatest opera singers of all time. Even though it's 100 years old, it contains valuable, practical advice for any singer, combined with amusing and instructive anecdotes from their careers. Unfortunately, their performing lives preceded adequate recording techniques, so we don't have much in the way of their actual voices, but book gives a delightful impression of their personalities.
A rousing literary mystery, translated from the Spanish, in which "book detective" Lucas Corso is drawn into a fantastical plot involving the murder of a noted bibliophile, the original manuscript of "The Three Musketeers," occult practices, and swashbuckling. It gets a little too tangled by the end, but it's an enjoyable ride most of the way. (And the last line is priceless.)
Another in the series of "Stake Your Destiny" books, in which Buffy and the gang must thwart Belakane, whose "Be the Ultimate You!" program is actually a cover for ... well, the cover should give you a clue. The alternate paths will keep you entertained for hours (at least, they did for me).
This second book of Devereaux's "Forever Trilogy" takes steps into even more pure fantasy - sometimes maybe a little too much. But the story will pull you in, make you laugh, and touch your heart, as lead heroine Darci Monroe Montgomery helps a popular TV star find his missing son - and in the process, just might find out where her mysteriously missing husband is, not to mention hints of just how strong her powers are. Yes, the "happily ever after" at the end of the first book has gone bye-bye - for the time being, at least - but there are bigger things going on here, which seem to promise major happenings in the third book.
Part of Sharyn McCrumb's "Ballad" series. It all starts with an apparent murder-suicide leaves the Underhill children orphans - and what seems an open-and-shut case quickly becomes a spiral of tragedy.
Simon Green's "Nightside" books just keep getting better as the stakes get higher for detective John Taylor. This time, he has a mission to discover the origins of the Nightside itself - as well as finally discover the truth about his mother. The snarky humor and appearances by yet more oddball denizens of the territory are in place as always, but the action is starting to get a bit more grim ...
If you've read Bram Stoker's "Dracula" and are fascinated by the themes percolating through it, or if your only image of the character is through the movies, or if you just want to know some more about the story in general, this is an ideal place to start. Extensively researched and packed with fascinating historical detail, the book, as the subtitle indicates, discusses "Dracula" from Stoker's writing and research for the novel up to the famous - some might say "iconic" - 1931 movie version starring Bela Lugosi. Skal is a most entertaining writer, and his chronicle of the history is itself as exciting as any thriller.
To be honest, this is not my favorite Katie McAlister - the story doesn't always hang together well, and Alexandra is a bit of a whiner. However, the sex is as steamy as you would expect and there are many moments of humor - especially the fragments of Alexandra's early novel writing efforts, which are screamingly funny-awful. And her neighbors - gee, wish I could find a place like that!
A graphic novel from DC's Vertigo imprint, using manipulated photographs for the art - which makes for gorgeous result. The story is a fictionalized version of Poe's life from a "long lost" diary; it's deep, dark, rather disorienting and more than a little perverse (sometimes a bit too much for me). But I am, overall, glad to have read it.
From the back cover blurb:
"A trio of hauntingly romantic tales transport you to a Regency England where dashing lords of darkness offer elegant ladies the thrill of their incomparable love: seductive, dangerous, and forever."
This third novel of the Nightside gets even darker - and funnier - than before, as John Taylor searches for the truth behind Rossignol (that's "Nightingale" in French), an up-and-coming singer whose fans seem to think she has a voice to die for. Literally. It is, as usual, laugh-out-loud funny in many parts, but John Taylor faces a lot more nastiness than he ever has as well, which will give you plenty of chills.