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Books: 01-05-08 is when I put the pictures on this page. 03-30-08 is when I got around to putting in the ISBN#s and some links. When I found one of their books mind blowing I went out and bought all that they had in print. Cory Doctorow set me back because he has a lot in print. I'll have to devote an entire section to him like I did for China Mieville.


John Twelve Hawks?

 Interview with John Twelve Hawks "It is safer to live off the grid, unconnected to the vast technology, because unseen people are watching our every move, employing technology we have barely imagined". We've talked to John Twelve Hawks about his latest book The Traveler.

Q: Do you envision a time when you will come off the grid and go public, or at least more public than you have since the publication of The Traveler?

John Twelve Hawks: I have no plans to "go public," though I am considering setting up a website. I have always seen the Internet as an extension of the novel’s fictional world – including the on-line game and the secret websites, which I helped create. But I wouldn’t want to establish a personal site that could be seen as emphasizing ego and/or marketing; I’d like to find a way to give something to the people who read my books.

REVIEW: The Dark River by John Twelve Hawks 

Author John Twelve Hawks
Country United States
Language English
Series The Fourth Realm
Genre(s) Science fiction novel
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date 2007
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 384 pp
ISBN ISBN 0385514298
Preceded by The Traveler

The Dark River opens several months after the events of The Traveler. Beginning in New York City the book takes us around the world to London, Ireland, Ethiopia, and Germany. The setting evolving around the characters Maya, Gabriel, Viki, and Hollis as the set out to protect this world the fourth Realm from the changes beset in motion by a group called the Brethren.(wikipedia)


End of the World Blues

Part mystery, part time-travel tale and part careful character study, this sci-fi noir set on a dying Earth makes the impossible seem far too familiar
End of the World Blues
By Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Bantam Spectra
Trade paper, Oct. 2007
368 pages
ISBN 978-0-553-58996-2
MSRP: $12

End of the World Blues says: "Grimwood introduces a bewildering array of plot strands: the bombing of the bar; the search for the old girlfriend; the net cast by criminal families in London, Tokyo and the far future; Nouveau's guilt for so many past misdeeds; a terrorist chief dabbling in the drugs trade; a war within the Yakusa; and all bring physical pain to Nouveau but are tidily resolved on the road to his self-rediscovery. It is the vivid, disordered science fiction that slips out of the author's grip and stops the whole enterprise feeling too controlled to be anything but artifice. And that's a good thing because, in the final analysis, End of the World Blues is Grimwood's best novel by far. "

Published by Spectra in the US and UK

Trade Paperback, 252 pages

September 2007

Retail Price: $16.00

ISBN: 0553385011 says,

"The sky has fallen, and what this singular turn of events brings to the star port world of Saudade is black market tourism, and trafficking out of alien artifacts with a life of their own.  This is the morally indeterminate world of M. John Harrison’s Nova Swing, the story of Vic Serotonin--an illicit tour operator--as he dodges the mob, the law, and romantic entanglement.


"Space-noir aptly describes the gritty aura enveloping Saudade, named for the Portuguese word signifying a nostalgia after things irretrievably lost. " says: "Cory Doctorow (born July 17, 1971) is a Jewish[1] Canadian[citation needed] blogger, journalist and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favor of liberalizing copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books. Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, Disney, and post-scarcity economics."

That being said, anything he writes is worth reading. But this one broke my brains. The protagonist is a man whose mother is a washing machine and his father is a mountain. I kid you not, and he makes it work.

The picture is linked to the Wikipedia for "Someone comes to town, someone leaves town" The Official Site, yes, that's the name of his site. I love him too much.



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