Reviewed on 12/13/2004 They're Made Out of Meat
by Terry Bisson This candy is dandy...:
...and even liquor couldn't be quicker than this little gem -- a little Douglas Adams, a little Roald Dahl.
Reviewed on 12/13/2004 A Dry, Quiet War
by Tony Daniel Contemplate your good fortune:
There are a few stories that, when you have finished reading them, force you to pause and contemplate your good fortune: you've witnessed something great, and your life is now richer than it was. Dan Simmons' Hyperion
was such a work for me, and so is 'A Dry, Quiet War.' I commend it and the other stories in The Robot's Twilight Companion
wholeheartedly to fellow readers.
Reviewed on 12/13/2004 Our Lady of American Sorrows
by Jay Lake Beautifully crafted:
Reading this story, you can tell why Jay Lake won the 2004 Campbell Award: 'Our Lady of American Sorrows' is beautifully crafted, evoking a reality both familiar and vividly strange. But Lake's touch is light and deft, leaving much of that world just guessed at -- and in guessing, the reader walks in the very shoes of the 16-year old boy at the center of the story, learning to see his world for the first time. Great writing.
Reviewed on 12/13/2004 Drifting Off the Coast of New Mexico
by Steven R. Boyett Dust off the Mark Twain:
The literary conceit at the heart of this story gives an interesting twist to a Butch and Sundance-style plot. If it prompts you to dust off the collected works of Mark Twain, well, that's a reward in itself.
Reviewed on 12/12/2004 Snow Crash
by Neal Stephenson Top Ten First Chapters:
Others will have other reasons to recommend this excellent Neal Stephenson novel, but for my money, this book rivals the first chapter of William Goldman's The Princess Bride
and the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark
for the best openings ever. Read for yourself.