I'll do a more thorough round-up of online reviews later this evening, but for now:
In an unplanned continuation of Barzak Global Domination Project, Liz Hand has a lovely review of Chris Barzak's One for Sorrow in the Village Voice.
At The Age (Australia) Jane Sullivan talks about Garth Nix's "magic" ring.
Publishers Weekly has a slew of new reviews in their August 27th issue including the following:
- Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips: "British blogger Phillips's delightful debut finds the Greek gods and goddesses living in a tumbledown house in modern-day London and facing a very serious problem: their powers are waning, and immortality does not seem guaranteed. . . Fanciful, humorous and charming, this satire is as sweet as nectar."
- Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning: "Monig's latest feverish Fae dispatch (after Darkfever) finds that in Dublin “the walls are coming down between Man and Faery.” That means that the Buffy-like services of MacKayla Lane—the 22-year-old Georgia-born sidhe-seer (or one who can see the Fae) and slayer—are required. . . addictively dark, erotic and even shocking."
- A War of Gifts: An Ender Story by Orson Scott Card: (Wherein Ender's universe become light and fluffy, apparently) "Card returns to his Hugo and Nebula award–winning Enderverse saga with a heartwarming novella for the holidays. . . Exploring themes of tolerance and compassion, this story about stuffing stockings is, fittingly, a perfect stocking stuffer for science fiction fans of all ages."
- Nova Swing by M. John Harrison: *Starred Review* "In this dense quasi-noir tale set in the universe of Light (2004), Harrison introduces Vic Serotonin, a ne'er-do-well who makes his living running illegal tours of the Saudade event site, where hallucinatory and impossible experiences are the norm. . . Although not for everyone, Harrison's trippy style will appeal to sophisticated readers who treasure the work of China Miéville and Jeff VanderMeer."
- Fatal Revenant: Book Two of the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson: "Difficult but worthwhile, this complicated and emotional continuation of the Thomas Covenant saga is exactly what Donaldson's fans have been hoping for."
- The Merchant's War by Charles Stross: "Readers unfamiliar with Stross's Clan Corporate (2006) and its predecessors should hunt them down before diving into this breakneck fourth Merchant Princes episode. . . For sheer inventiveness and energy, this cliffhanger-riddled serial remains difficult to top."
- Empyre by Josh Conviser: "Robert Ludlum meets William Gibson in this dystopian spy thriller, the sequel to 2006's Echelon. . . the Orwellian atmosphere, intricate plot lines and breakneck pacing make this cyberpunk/espionage hybrid a highly entertaining read."
- The Orc King: Transitions by R.A. Salvatore: "Celebrating his 20th year as one of Salvatore's most popular Forgotten Realms characters, dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden whirls into action in this first installment of a new trilogy. . . Salvatore mixes neatly choreographed battles with philosophical musings from self-styled “renegade soul” Drizzt, lending a little depth to an otherwise straightforward hack-and-slash adventure."
- The Girl Who Loved Animals by Bruce McAllister: "How far would a person go to protect a loved one? That question is at the heart of many of the 17 stories in McAllister's career-spanning collection. . . McAllister's haunting work will enthrall any reader who appreciates thoughtful, evocative science fiction."
- Air Apparent by Piers Anthony: "In this meandering 31st Xanth novel, Hugo, son of the Gorgon and Good Magician Humfrey, vanishes from his cellar, where the body of a murdered man just as suddenly appears."