THE RAINDROPS’ ADVENTURE: From Raindrops to Rainbows, written and illustrated by Kimberly Kerr. Kimberly Kerr Press, 1999, 43 pp., $14.95. ISBN 0-9672073-0-4
Requests for book reviews sometimes come in the most unusual ways and places.
While on vacation in Virginia, we stayed at an excellent bed and breakfast by the name of Chestnut Hill in Orange, Va., and spent several days in the fine company of its innkeepers, Troy and Kathleen Ayers. We introduced ourselves and our company, True Review, and provided the innkeepers with a proof copy of the redesigned site.
Kathleen excitedly mentioned that her sister, Kimberly, was a published author, and Kathleen showed us THE RAINDROPS’ ADVENTURE, a book of rhymes and reasons for the existence of rainfall. What causes rain? And what do clouds and “condensation” have to do with rain?
You’ll find a fun way to come up with the answers in RAINDROPS’ ADVENTURE, which isn’t just a book, it’s much more. RAINDROPS’ includes a bookmark and lots of activity pages, too! Kerr does triple-duty as publisher/author/illustrator. RAINDROPS is an easy to read account of the who, what, where, and why, of raindrops, a mini-science lesson that should appeal to the elementary crowd as well as a fun and easy to use teaching aid for educators.
CYBERABAD DAYS, by Ian McDonald. Pyr/Prometheus (www.prometheusbooks.com), 2009, 279 pp., $15.00. ISBN 978-1-59102-699-0
Seven stories in CYBERABAD DAYS are set in the year 2047 in India, including a Hugo Award winner and nominee.
THE THIRD SIGN, by Gregory A. Wilson. Five Star/Gale Cengage Learning (www.gale.cengage.com), 2009, 351 pp., $25.95. ISBN 978-1-59414-765-4
Calen Gollnet, resident of the country of Klune, watches as his world goes to war, as the peace made by the king and the arlics has become tenuous at best. But the armies are the least of his concern, as the Soul Wall appears. Prophecies are coming true - and what will the latest portend?
BY BLOOD WE LIVE, ed. by John Joseph Adams. Night Shade Books (www.nightshadebooks.com), 2009, 485 pp., $15.95. ISBN 978-1-59780-156-0
There is a strange craving for these types of stories, felt by mostly teenage girls suddenly feeling the throngs of post-puberty. And there are plenty of authors to accommodate this strangeness, indeed.
TWO EXCELLENT TACHYON ANTHOLOGIES:
THE SECRET HISTORY OF SCIENCE FICTION, ed. by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel. Tachyon (www.tachyonpublications.com), 2009, 381 pp., $14.95. ISBN 978-1-892391-93-3
I remember reading most of these SF classics when they were first published, with seminal work by Thomas M. Disch, Ursula K. LeGuin, Lucius Shepard, Connie Willis, Gene Wolfe, James Patrick Kelly, and many others.
THE VERY BEST OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, 60th Anniversary Anthology, ed. by Gordon Van Gelder. Tachyon (www.tachyonpublications.com), 2009, 475 pp., $15.95. ISBN 978-1-892391-91-9
Many of these I read collected in other anthologies, and some I read in the magazine itself. (I have subscribed to F&SF regularly from 1977-2007, and off and on since 2008.) Included are works by Ray Bradbury, Alfred Bester, Theodore Sturgeon, Kurt Vonnegut, Harlan Ellison, Damon Knight, Ursula K. LeGuin, Neil Gaiman, Ted Chiang, and others).
A Sample Of Our Upcoming Reviews...
GASLIGHT GROTESQUE Nightmare Tales of Sherlock Holmes, ed. by J.R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec. Edge (www.edgewebsite.com), 2009, 311 pp., $16.95. ISBN 978-1-894063-31-9
TESSERACTS THIRTEEN ed. by Nancy Kilpatrick and David Morrell. Edge (www.edgewebsite.com), 2009, 317 pp., $16.95. ISBN 978-1-894063-25-8
THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR Vol. 1, ed. by Ellen Datlow. Night Shade Books (www.nightshadebooks.com), 2009, 321 pp., $15.95. ISBN 978-1-59780-161-4