All posts tagged: Science Fiction

Two Hundred and Twenty-one Baker Streets

DETAILS Title: TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY-ONE BAKER STREETS Editor: David Thomas Moore Publisher: Abaddon Books ISBN: 978-1781082225 Genre: Speculative Anthology BACKCOVER BLURB “As a Victorian, Sherlock Holmes is more Wilde than Disraeli. He’s not the stuffy, pompous, superior gentleman of the public imagination, but a fey, brooding, dangerous Hob, a mad genius bent on his own destruction, whose passion for the hunt is as much a mark of his unsteady mind as his cocaine abuse. Taking him out of Doyle’s time – Doyle’s world – allows you to showcase the real Holmes, to audiences that might never find him otherwise. This was my chance to do that.” WHAT I THOUGHT This is Abaddon Books first anthology and features fourteen very assorted stories in which the invited authors were given carte blanche by editor, David Thomas Moore, to put Holmes, Watson, Mrs. Hudson and yes, even Inspector Lestrade, anytime and anywhere they want. And, as a result, we are presented with a varied and eclectic mix that include a female Holmes, a gay Holmes, a couple …

Glory Main, by Henry O’Neil

DETAILS Title: GLORY MAIN Author: Henry O’Neil Publisher: Harper Voyager ISBN: 1468107445 Genre: Military SF BACKCOVER BLURB For decades, mankind has been locked in a war with an alien enemy that resembles the human race so closely they are known as the Sims. Both sides battle for control of habitable planets across the galaxies—often at any cost. Lieutenant Jander Mortas is fresh out of officer training and new to the war zone but eager to prove himself. There’s just one problem: disaster strikes while he’s traveling to his first assignment. He wakes to find himself marooned on a planet that appears deserted, with the only other survivors: a psychoanalyst, a conscientious objector, and a bitter veteran of a brutal slave-scout detachment. As the group struggles to reach safety on a nearby base, Glory Main, they discover a Sim colony—which could mean their salvation, or their demise. Thrown together, they must fight the harsh elements, an ever-present enemy, and possibly each other. WHAT I THOUGHT Glory Main is one of those books, once started, you cannot …