Night Shade News & Notes

  • The District Messenger (The Sherlock Holmes Society of London newsletter) reviews The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: – “A satisfyingly chunky 450-page anthology… [features] twenty-eight curious accounts by a remarkable array of authors. … The contributors seem to be drawn equally from the worlds of crime fiction and science-fantasy, so it’s no real surprise to discover that the problems facing the great detective range from the rationally explicable to the frankly irrational. Sometimes, as Mr Adams says, you can’t eliminate the impossible. What all these tales have in common is improbability, and we can’t say we weren’t warned. On a literary level, Anthony Burgess’s ‘Murder to Music’ and Neil Gaiman’s ‘A Study in Emerald’, completely different otherwise, are superb. It’s a grand collection altogether.”
  • Mysterious Galaxy Books reviews The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi: – “Beautifully written with a cast of characters both major and minor who will make it extremely difficult on the reader as to whom to root for, The Windup Girl is an important, perhaps even cautionary tale about a very possible future, set in a Thailand one can almost taste and feel. Plan to see it on many a best-of list and most likely a few award short lists as well. It’s the end of the world as we know it, so eat your Soylent Green and enjoy the show. Dystopia Rules! “
  • Omphalos’ Book Reviews reviews THE LIVING DEAD: – “There are actually two types of zombie stories. On one hand you have the gory, flesh-and-brain eating type stories. … They tend to deal more with zombie uprisings, catastrophe and the like. But there is a second type of zombie story that I personally find easier to relate to. Those are the stories about the pathetic side of death. In them you will often find more humane treatment of the dead – though that is not always the case – and you might even realize something new about the human condition. As a died-in-the-wool zombie aficionado I find something of interest in both types of stories. This collection, which provides the latest and greatest word on both (but also gives some historical perspective), is one of the most enjoyable anthologies I have read in some time – certainly the best this year. It is also a spectacular follow-up to the editor’s first anthology, Wastelands.” NOTE: site has extensive spoilers.

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