Here are the books that found a home on my shelves over the last week:
Staring Into the Abyss
by Richard Thomas
In this collection of short stories Richard Thomas shows us in dark, layered prose the human condition in all of its beauty and dysfunction. A man sits in a high tower making tiny, mechanical birds, longing for the day when he might see the sky again. A couple spends an evening in an underground sex club where jealousy and possession are the means of barter. A woman is victimized as a child, and turns that rage and vengeance into a lifelong mission, only to self-destruct, and become exactly what she battled against.
These 20 stories will take you into the darkness, and sometimes bring you back. But now and then there is no getting out, the lights have faded, the pitch black wrapping around you like a festering blanket of lies. What will you do now? It's eat or be eaten--so bring a strong stomach and a hearty appetite.
by Keith R.A. DeCandido
For two seasons, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine® chronicled the intense struggle of the Federation, fighting alongside the Klingons and the Romulans against the overwhelming forces of the Dominion in some of the most exciting hours of television ever produced.
Now, for the first time, see how the Dominion War affected the entirety of the Star Trek universe. From the heart of the Federation to the bridge of the Starship Enterprise™. From the front lines of Klingon™ space to the darkest recesses of the Romulan Empire. From the heroic members of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers to the former crew of the U.S.S. Stargazer. From the edge of the New Frontier to the corridors of station Deep Space 9™.
Some of the finest Star Trek novelists have been gathered to provide a dozen new tales from this seminal period in galactic history. Heroes from three generations -- Sisko, Picard, Spock, Kira, Calhoun, Klag, McCoy, Gold, and so many more -- brought together in these... Tales Of The Dominion War.
by Stephen Zimmer
Journey into realms of darkness and explore the regions where angels fear to tread! Welcome to the Hellscapes, featuring tales of the infernal in settings where the horror never ends and the inhabitants experience the ultimate nightmare. In "Blood Dreams" follow the tale of a woman who knew great political authority and influence in life, as she discovers the reward awaiting her in the next world. "The Grove" welcomes a new arrival, a wealthy man who is looking forward to a weekend of indulging in lust and libation, as he has for many years in this secluded convocation for the elite. Something is different this time, though, and he soon finds that his visit will be taking a very different turn. In "The Smallest Fish", the story is told of a ruthless business mogul who finds himself in an abandoned, ruined version of the city he knew well ... in life. This city won't be remaining vacant for long. "Drowning in Tears" tells the story of a young man's unhealthy obsession for a suicidal girlfriend that leads him on a path of severe transformation. The final tale of Volume 1, "Lords of War", follows the story of a man who wielded military power on a worldwide scale as a Secretary of Defense, who now learns the deeper nature of war and what kinds of monstrosities it breeds. Hellscapes, Volume 1 is the first release in an exciting new themed horror collection from Stephen Zimmer.
As for what we're reading, the team has reviews coming up over the next 2 weeks for:
What's topping your shelves this week?