Other Book Reviews

The book reviews are alphabetical by author and subdivided via genre.  In cases where more than one of an author's works are reviewed, they are listed in order of publication.  Some of these reviews were written by other people back when the Sci-Fi Fan Letter was an in store newsletter at the World's Biggest Bookstore.  With one exception, they were all WBB bookstore employees (and the exception was an Indigo bookseller from another Toronto store).  Their pseudonyms in no particular order are: Mel, Cat, Sheila, DG-88, Leeman, Chud, James Duncan, Sandra, Rose, Gord, Kat and James Bernard.  They helped me make the newsletter a success for the 19 monthly issues it ran before I switched over to more regular and varied blog posts.  Their reviews are all credited to them, and shown on this page in brackets as guest reviewers.  As to my own reviews, it took some time before I'd devised my current format (with pros/cons) so go easy on my beginner work.


Out of Tune - Jonathan Maberry, Ed.
The Alloy of Law - Brandon Sanderson, narrated by Michael Kramer
The Thirteen Hallows - Michael Scott and Colette Freedman, narrated by Kate Reading

Books on Writing
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers - Renni Browne and Dave King
Stein on Writing - Sol Stein

Another - Yukito Ayatsuji
Mr. Shivers - Robert Jackson Bennett
Psycho - Robert Bloch
This House is Haunted - John Boyne
The Girl With All the Gifts - M. R. Carey
The Bone Mother - David Demchuk
Into the Drowning Deep - Mira Grant
172 Hours on the Moon - Johan Harstad
The Year of the Witching - Alexis Henderson
The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black - E. B. Hudspeth 
Psychomania: Killer Stories - Stephen Jones, Ed.
Carrie - Stephen King
The Crimson Labyrinth - Yusuke Kishi
At the Mountains of Madness - H.P. Lovecraft (Guest Reviewer)
The New Hunger - Isaac Marion
I Am Legend - Richard Matheson (Guest Reviewer)
Beyond - Graham McNamee (teen)
The Thirteen - Susan Moloney
Certain Dark Things - Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Monstrous Affections - David Nickle 
Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism - David Nickle
Volk: A Novel of Radiant Abomination - David Nickle
The 'Geisters - David Nickle
Wild Fell - Michael Rowe
Dead Inside: Do Not Enter, Notes from the Zombie Apocalypse - Various
Slights - Kaaron Warren 
The World More Full of Weeping - Robert Wiersema (novella)
The Tomb - F. Paul Wilson

Graphic Novels (Alphabetical by title)
American Vampire - Scott Snyder and Stephen King
Batman: The Long Halloween - Jeph Loeb (Guest Reviewer)
Blood Work - Kim Harrison
Civil War - Marvel Comics (Guest Reviewer)
Code Monkey Save World - Greg Pak
Denver Moon #1: Murder on Mars (single issue) - Warren Hammond and Joshua Viola 
DMZ: On the Ground - Brian Wood and Miccardo Burchielli (Guest Reviewer)
FTL, Y'all!: Tales From the Age of the $200 Warp Drive - Edited by Amanda Lafrenais
The Furnace - Prentis Rollins
The Ghost, The Owl - written by Franco, illustrated by Sara Richard
Gravity Falls Lost Legends - Alex Hirsch
Pariah Volume 1Created by Aron Warner, Written by Philip Gelatt and Illustrated by Brett Weldele
Shame - Lovern Kindzierski (writer), John Bolton (illustrator)
Transformers: The Movie Adaptation - Kris Oprisko (Guest Reviewer)
Witchblade vol 1 - Ron Marz and Mike Choi
X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills - Chris Claremont
Zita the Spacegirl - Ben Hatke (kids SF)

Manga (Alphabetical by title)
Akira, vol 1 - Katsuhiro Otomo
Heaven's Design Team, Vol. 1Hebi-Zou and Tsuta Suzuki
Neko Ramen, vol 1 - Kenji Shonichi
Vampire Knight Manga, Vol. 1 - Matsuri Hino (Guest Reviewer)

Fantasy Short Stories, Issue 1 - Mark Lord, Ed.
Lightspeed 48 (May 2014) - John Joseph Adams, Ed

History and Mythology
Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians, 2E - Bob Brier and Hoyt Hobbs
The Alchemy of Paint: Art, Science and Secrets from the Middle Ages - Steve Bucklow
Physiologus: A Medieval Book of Nature Lore - Translated by Michael Curley
Myths and Legends: Thor, Viking God of Thunder - Graeme Davis
Big Buttes Book - Michelle Enzinas (Elizabethan cookbook)
Ethiopia: the Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom - Mary Anne Fitzgerald
Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia - Maria-Jose and Bob Friedlander
The History of the Church in Art - Rosa Giorgi
African Zion: the Sacred Art of Ethiopia - Marilyn Heldman
The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages - Geraldine Heng
The Medieval Cook - Bridged Ann Henisch
Building the Great Cathedrals - Francois Icher
Ancient Inventions - Peter James and Nick Thorpe
Towards a Global Middle Ages - Edited by Brian Keene
The Medieval Kitchen: A Social History With Recipes - Hannele Klemettila
Ethiopian Painting in the Late Middle Ages and During the Gondor Dynasty  - Jules Leroy
Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish Iconography - Sara Lipton
Myths and Legends: Knights of the Round Table - Daniel Mersey
Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World - Edited by Elizabeth Morrison with Lisa Grollemond
The Third Horseman - William Rosen
Splendor Solis: The World's Most Famous Alchemical Manuscript - Stephen Skinner, Rafel Prinke, Georgiana Hedesan, and Joscelyn Godwin
Who Was Dracula? - Jim Steinmeyer
The Turnip Princess And Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales Collected - Franz Xavier von Schönwerth; translated by Maria Tatar; edited by Erika Eichenseer

Inferno - Dante Alighieri (poetry)
R. U. R. - Karel Capek (SF play)
14 - Peter Clines (Apocalyptic Mystery)
The Way We Fall - Megan Crewe (modern dystopian YA)
Prague Cemetery - Umberto Eco (historical fiction) 
Talus and the Frozen King - Graham Edwards (historical mystery)
Fail Harder - Fail Blog Community (humour)
Claws and Saucers - David Goldweber (movie guide)
Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison!: A Memoir - Harry Harrison (SF author memoir)
The Reason I Jump - Naoki Higashida (non-fiction, autism)
Cold Earth - Sarah Moss (general fiction)
Crossfire - Miyuki Miyabe (mystery)
The Death House - Sarah Pinborough (literature/speculative fiction)
Black Dog Summer - Miranda Sherry (literature/speculative fiction)