Back of the Stacks


Fiction Nation - The Back of the Stacks
December 6, 2007

I began this part of the website with the best intentions but I quickly found that reading and reviewing a new book plus preparing an interview with a new author every week (plus a pesky full time job — damn you, mortgage!) keeps me from going back over my old favorites. I have to hit the lottery but quick!

Anyway, it was Jo Reed, the program director at Sonic Theater XM 163 who came to the rescue. (Sonic Theater, the home of audio books, contemporary radio drama, and conversations with authors of every stripe is an outpost of class, style, and wit, and you should make it one of your presets. What I’m doing there is an enduring mystery.) Jo asked me if I’d be interested in reviewing fantasy and science fiction audio books from I knew a whole lot about F&SF but next to nothing about audio books, but who could say no? So thanks to those little voices in my ear I am getting to experience some of my old friends in a completely new way. Like the reviews I’ve written for Ye Olde Fashioned Bookes of Paper, I’ll have the transcripts from my XM reviews right here. (Early results: audio books rock the house and make commuting less murderous! And British people always sound good!) Check back now and then, we’re planning on adding at least one new title a month.

Back of the Stacks Reviews

A Tale of Two Sisters by Anna Maxted
Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke (Audio book version)
World War Z, an Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks (Audio book version)
Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker (Audio book version)
Three fantasy/science fiction audio booksGormenghast by Mervyn Peake, Time Enough for Love by Robert Heinlein, and Dune by Frank Herbert.
Sparkles by Louise Bagshawe
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Audio book version)
Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman