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Hunter’s Run
by George R.R. Martin (with Gardner Dozois and Daniel Abraham)
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Review forthcoming.

Old Man’s War 3
by John Scalzi
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Old Man’s War

John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War,  which has made the 2006 Hugos shortlist for Best Novel and garnered Scalzi a place on the Campbell Award shortlist for best new writer, been hailed by readers as reviewers as following in the footsteps of Robert A. Heinlein. This is, as Scalzi admits, entirely the intention. Does he succeed? Perhaps too well.

My copy of The Cat Who Walks Through Walls is very nearly the most-ragged, most-reread book in my collection (only A Game of Thrones and The Lions of Al-Rassan top it). It’s the first half—“the good half” as some call it—that mostly gets me (the second half

Shadow Twin
by George R.R. Martin (with Gardner Dozois and Daniel Abraham)
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Review forthcoming.

Windhaven
by George R.R. Martin (with Lisa Tuttle)
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Review forthcoming.

Dying of the Light 4
by George R.R. Martin
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Dying of the Light

Dying of the Light, a work clearly influenced by Jack Vance’s Dying Earth tales, is set primarily on the planet of Worlorn, which flourished to life as it passed near to the life-giving heat of a star but is now wandering further away into the grip of eternal cold. Turned into a cultural fairground, populated by human cultures from across the galaxy, Worlorn is now abandoned as it dies. Or almost so, in any case, as Dirk t’Larien arrives at the summons of his former lover Gwen. Yet whatever hopes he had about her summons, it turns out that she is bonded—practically married—to two fierce