September 27th, 2007
|01:42 pm - New Realms of Fantasy|
And, a few days before it hits the shelves and stores, I've gotten my contributor copies of the newest issue of Realms of Fantasy, cover-dated December 2007.
In this issue, my column covers the following YA Books:
Wicked Lovely, by Melissa Marr
Vintage, by Steve Berman
The Silver Moon Elm, by MaryJanice Davidson and Anthony Alongi
Interworld, by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reeves
The Princess and the Hound, by Mette Ivie Harrison
Alex Unlimited: The Vasarak Code, by Dan Jolley
The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney, by Suzanne Harper
Edited out of the column for unknown reasons (perhaps space issues, or just the wisdom of the editor knowing when a review is just pointless) was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling.
Fiction in this issue includes stories by Graham Edwards (I -love- his stories about his nameless detective, I'd be first in line to buy a full book!), Richard Parks, Sandra McDonald, David Barr Kirtley, Joe Murphy, and Von Carr.
Currently working on my next YA review column. The tentative lineup includes books by Justine Musk, Rachel Caine, Shannon Hale, and Perry Moore, with a number of others still engaged in a full-contact steelcage deathmatch for the remaining spots. Strong contenders include E.B. Baker, Charles de Lint, and Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi. So many good books this time around, so little space.
Current Mood: creative
In the interests of keeping you from going nuts, here's what I wrote.
Vintage, by Steve Berman, Haworth Press, March 2007
When a young man meets the ghost of a long-dead teen along an empty stretch of road, it pulls him into a decades-old mystery. What seems at first to be a gay love story stretched across the years soon turns sinister and deadly, and the hero has to draw upon his friends and his own strengths to put things right before he pays a heavy price. Vintage is a powerful, haunting story, very atmospheric and spooky. The characterizations are crisp and believable, the interactions are real, and the main characters are fun to watch as they maneuver through life, love, and the occult. Berman's got a great voice, and he weaves a splendid ghost story/gay coming-of-age tale.