Books received

Posted: May 27, 2014 in Uncategorized
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I’m lucky enough to get sent a book now and then, and last week I received two interesting parcels in the post.


Sphinx: The Second Coming by James Thornton comes with a big tag line, citing the author as ‘one of ten people who could change the world’. This is directed more at Thornton’s work as an environmental lawyer, but it speaks volumes about the man behind the book. I’m going to try to get a review up of this next week as the premise sounds intriguing.

The Sphinx presides over the desert while methane bubbles beneath the ocean’s beds. Catastrophe is coming. A team of westerners is set to unlock a code found deep in the fabric of the Great Pyramid. The puzzle goes beyond time – for secrets of Ancient Egypt are alive beneath modern Cairo. The puzzle stretches into the universe, where distant galaxies stay alert for the future of planet Earth. It’s enough to shake the Ancient Gods to action.

The second book I was sent is the Nebula Awards Showcase 2014 and is stacked with some big names in the sci-fi and fantasy genres. With the likes of Gene Wolfe, Kim Stanley Robinson and Neil Gaimen all featured, I’ll definitely be trying to find time to dip in to this book over the next week.


The Nebula Awards Showcase volumes have been published annually since 1966, reprinting the winning and nominated stories in the Nebula Awards, voted on by the members of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America® . The editor selected by SFWA’s anthology committee (chaired by Mike Resnick) is American fantasy writer Kij Johnson, author of three novels and associate director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas.

This year’s Nebula winners, and expected contributors, are Kim Stanley Robinson, Nancy Kress, Andy Duncan, and Aliette de Bodard, with E.C. Myers winning the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book.


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