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Gone, But Not Forgotten - Part 2

15th Dec, 2010

Author: Peter Tennant

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It's time to say goodbye to some more books that have now grown too long in the tooth to be eligible for review in Black Static.

Boston Noir (Akashic Books paperback, 240pp, £9.99) edited by Dennis Lehane is one of a series of crime anthologies set in various American cities, in this case Boston, obviously. I'm not sure why it was sent to me, as not really the kind of thing I review in Black Static (I'll consider crime fiction, but preferably of the perverted psychopath variety). One name stood out for me in the Table of Contents - Stewart O'Nan. I really want to get more up close and personal with his work. Somewhere around here there's a copy of his novel The Night Country that I'm saving for a rainy day. Matthew C. Funk reviews Boston Noir at the Spinetinglers website.

Death Disco (Radical Robot paperback, 224pp, £8.40) by David Conway is another that fell by the wayside. With buzz words like 'femme fatale', 'symbolism' and the 'Marquis De Sade' it had my attention initially but then got lost in the shuffle, a victim of too many books, too little time. Alas, I can't find a review online, so instead I've posted a link to the publisher's website.

Blacklands (Bantam hardback, 288pp, £14.99) is more what I'm interested in when it comes to crime fiction, a story of dysfunctional families and serial killers. It's the first novel by screenwriter Belinda Bauer, and I've been sitting on it ever since January. On Amazon the book currently has 114 customer reviews, so it's hardly been overlooked even if I missed the boat. They even liked it over at The Guardian.

I reviewed one anthology edited by Ellen Datlow in #18 and two more in #19, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to let Tails of Wonder and Imagination: Cat Stories (Night Shade Books paperback, 500pp, £11.99) go. With contributors like Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Joyce Carol Oates and Kelly Link, it's certainly an enticing selection of feline fiction, but alas, its nine lives have all been used up. Kerry Serini gives it the once over at bookgasm.

I've been sent several titles by Thomas Emson, but not got round to any of them, and I have no idea why, as there's nothing off putting about the book, quite the opposite in fact. Publishers Snow Books are going to get fed up soon and stop sending me review copies, and I wouldn't blame them one bit. So, Prey (Snow Books paperback, 350pp, £7.99), is the second volume in a series and the latest book by Thomas Emson not to be reviewed in Black Static. I have one more by him in the TBR pile, and once our all-women special is published, it's a priority. Meanwhile you can find a review of Prey over at blogcritics.

More to follow, as and when time allows.



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