Reviews of Thomas Boyczuk’s The Book of Thomas Vol 1: Heaven, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, and Helen Marshall’s Hair Side, Flesh Side, plus a full list of sf/f reviews in the Dec. issue.
Gentle, Mary. The Black Opera. Night Shade. ISBN 9781597802192. pap. $15.95; eISBN 9781597804158. A pair of librettists pit their musical talents against each other in a magical duel that will either save or destroy the world in an alternate 19th-century Naples. Attention to period detail and an understanding of opera make this a one-of-a-kind historical [...]