The Sorcerer's Plague by David B. Coe: "Volume one of a new series, this is epic fantasy with an Important Moral Lesson. Prejudice is wrong. Just in case you didn't get the memo, this novel drives the message home with sledgehammer subtlety. . . The weakly drawn characters fail to sustain the tension in this mildly interesting but ultimately limp sword-and-sorcery tale." (Ouch.)
Cauldron by Jack McDevitt: "Latest addition to McDevitt's longstanding space-adventure series (Odyssey, 2006, etc.). . . Not peak McDevitt—slow to develop and not especially surprising—but workmanlike and brimming with the author's trademark low-key charms."
Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips: "In this disarmingly matter-of-fact farce, the London-based author's debut, the gods of Olympus are living in London and running the world with increasingly diminished powers. . . Phillips nimbly creates a present-day alternative universe where belief in the true gods has been replaced by a false Judeo-Christian ethos, and she does a particularly fine job envisioning an underworld that is neither heaven nor hell but simply eternal death. Not for the pious, but lots of fun for everyone else." (I really want to read this!)
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Kirkus Reviews round-up (September 15th issue)
Time for yet another Kirkus Reviews round-up, kids! No starred SF/F reviews this time around, I'm afraid: