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July 12, 2012 Edition
Lovecraftian horror has a special feel to it: impersonal, implacable, and deeply disturbing. Guran has collected contemporary authors whose stories carry the same aura about them. Look for stories by Neil Gaiman, China Mieville, Caitlin Kiernan, Cherie Priest, and many more. Can world domination be accomplished through…tainted…sushi? What are the strange marbles found by a London cat burglar? And when the Traveler on the Oceans of Night comes to you, will you bind yourself? Most of the stories have been published elsewhere first, but all have earned their place in this collection.
Clementine seems to have it all: she’s a world-renowned artist with a lovely cat and lots of friends and a long life ahead of her. But she’s decided she’s had enough of the manic depression she’s suffered from since she was a teen, and she’s not going out the way her mom did, taking someone else along with her. So Clementine’s planned it out – she’s flushed her meds and is giving herself 30 days to tie up loose ends, find a home for her cat, work as much as she wants, and party like there’s not many tomorrows left. Oh, and a few outrageous acts that Clementine figures won’t get traced back to her until after she’s gone. But the more she tries to shake people off, the more tightly they cling to her even though they have no idea what she’s got planned. And when her 30 days are up, will she stay or will she go? Despite its wrenching topic, Ream writes with humor and grace.
Even though Heather has sworn to never go back to the small town where her father died, she’s found a buyer for the old family farm, so that’s where she’s headed. She just needs to get her mother’s and brother’s signatures and the farm will be sold, her mom will be out from under the burden of property taxes and caring for two elderly uncles, and she and her brother will get their inheritance. But when she arrives in Moses Lake, she finds that her family is “reconsidering their options.” Heather is furious: her promised title of project manager is dependent on the sale, a fact she hasn’t told her family, who already think she’s too wrapped up in her career. As an overnight trip becomes days, Heather has the chance to get to know her family again. But everyone is keeping secrets in this Christian novel, and when they become known, Heather’s world starts to unravel.
|John R. Fultz|
Prince D’zan is only sixteen when he flees for his life, having just seen his father ripped apart at the behest of its new ruler, the sorcerer Elhathym. As D’zan makes his way across the realm of Man in search of the allies he needs to oust Elhathym, he meets with others, including the legendary Giants, who helped men first establish peaceful and prosperous societies, but who are now dwindling in number. This first volume of the Books of the Shaper starts off the series with a bang.
Dr. Martin Gansewein is a coroner – it’s the perfect job, one in which the shy doctor is left alone with no one who wants to chit chat. Until, that is, the ghost of the guy in drawer four begins to try to convince Martin that his death wasn’t accidental. Pascha, a car thief, was dismayed to see himself autopsied, but is more worried about being left in limbo – or, heaven forbid – trapped along with his body in a coffin. As he sees it, the only thing tying him to his body is the unfinished business of having been pushed off a bridge by someone he never saw for having seen something he shouldn’t have. But he’s not sure that putting his death in the hands of a highbrow, map-collecting, intellectual is going to work. Shortlisted for one of Germany’s biggest crime novel awards, this oddball whodunnit is funny and fun.