Reviews for the Year 2009

The Re-Readable Collection  Of  SF&F
Selected by  Jacqueline Lichtenberg
 The Romantic Times Award Winning
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Jacqueline Lichtenberg

Year 2009 Titles Well Worth Re-Reading


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Books Reviewed

January 2009

Honing Imagination










Mr. Holland's Opus film from Hollywood Pictures 1995




The Karen Montgomery Series, by Jennifer St. Clair, Writers Exchange E-Publishing









by D. M. Cornish, Speak, an imprint of Penguin Group USA April 2008







Once Upon a Spring Morn, by Dennis L. McKiernan, RoC HC Oct. 2006








Once Upon A Dreadful Time by Dennis L. McKiernan, RoC HC Oct. 2007


February 2009 Poetic Justice: The Fragile Universe










The Book of Names by Jill Gregory and Karen Tintori, St. Martin’s paperback Feb. 2008








Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait by K. A. Bedford, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy, Aug. 2008

This one is a must-read.







The Reel Stuff, Brian Thomsen & Martin H. Greenberg, eds., DAW Books, June 2008









Stakeout, film, 1987, starring Richard Dreyfus -- and a sequel not reviewed.

Watch this with Blake Snyder's SAVE THE CAT GOES TO THE MOVIES! in mind. 



March 2009   Karma of World Prominence









Also a novel of Crosspointe:






Synthesis & Counseling in Astrology by Noel Tyl, Llewellan, 1994







Valor’s Trial by Tanya Huff, DAW HC June 2008








Key to Redemption by Talia Gryphon, Ace Fantasy pb, October 2008








The Cipher by Diana Pharaoh Francis, RoC Fantasy pb Nov 2007






The Black Ship (not reviewed in this issue)









The Excalibur Murders by J. M. C. Blair, Berkley Prime Crime Historical Mystery, July 2008

April 2009 Soldier and Warrior








Valor’s Trial by Tanya Huff, DAW HC June 2008








Kris Longknife: Intrepid by Mike Shepherd, Ace pb Nov 2008 

Interestingly, I met Mike Shepherd in the bus going back to the airport after Worldcon in Denver.  He's friendly and amazing! 






The Lost Fleet Series by Jack Campbell: Dauntless, Fearless, Courageous, Valiant, Relentless, Ace SF pb June 2006 to April 2009.







The Hidden City, A Novel Of The House War, by Michelle West, DAW HC March 2008

May 2009   Life As A Problem Set









  Also see my blog entry on Life as a Problem Set. 

Deja Demon by Julie Kenner, Berkley pb July 2008







Unquiet Dreams by Mark Del Franco, Ace Fantasy, Feb 2008








Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs, Ace Fantasy, Jan. 2008







Heart of Light by Sarah A. Hoyt, Bantam Spectra Fantasy, March 2008






Direct sequel to Heart of Light

Soul of Fire by Sarah A. Hoyt, Bantam Spectra Fantasy, August 2008

June 2009 Language and Magic












Draw One In The Dark by Sarah A. Hoyt, Baen Fantasy pb, May 2008







Reserved For The Cat by Mercedes Lackey, DAW hc Nov 2007








The Shenandoah Spy by Francis Hamit, Brass Cannon Books,TP, 2008.






Dawnkeepers by Jessica Andersen, Signet Eclipse Paranormal Romance, Jan 2009







Teach Me Everyday Spanish and Teach Me Everyday German, book and CD from 

July 2009 Why Do You Pull Your Magical Punches?


















Fortune and Fate by Sharon Shinn, Ace HC, Nov 2008







Reader and the Raelynx by Sharon Shinn, Ace HC, Nov 2007








Spell Sword of Darkover by Marion Zimmer Bradley, 1974








The Fetch by Laura Whitcomb Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009








Sex on the Altar, Vol. 1, by Wencke Braathen,







Black Ship by Diana Pharaoh Francis, RoC pb, Nov 2008







Death of a Musketeer by Sarah D’Almeida, Berkley Prime Crime Mystery, 2006







Peacekeeper, a Major Ariane Kedros novel by Laura E. Reeve, RoC pb Dec. 2008

August 2009  The Mystery of Magic:
Part I, Arm of the Law




And a new one, not reviewed in this issue:



Which is in other formats, too




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The Musketeer’s Seamstress by Sarah D’Almeida, Berkley Prime Crime, April. 2007







The Musketeer’s Apprentice Sarah D’Almeida, Berkley Prime Crime, Sept. 2007






A Death in Gascony by Sarah D’Almeida, Berkley Prime Crime, April. 2008
















The Mercedes Coffin by Faye Kellerman, Wm Morrow, 2008
















Flipping Out by Marshall Karp, Minotaur Books, April 2009







The Increment by David Ignatius, WW Norton, May 2009

September 2009 The Mystery of Magic Part II: Hard & Soft Fantasy













Deader Still by Anton Strout, Ace Fantasy pb, March 2009








Deathwish by Rob Thurman, RoC Fantasy pb, March 2009








Mean Streets, collection from RoC TP, January 2009







Reaper TV Series 

Supernatural TV Series

Blood Memories by Barb Hendee, RoC TP Oct. 2008

October 2009 The Mystery of Magic: The Magician’s Apprentice












  The Mystery of Magic: The Magician’s Apprentice


Turn Coat by Jim Butcher, RoC HC April 2009






Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow, razOrbill, June 2009







You Are So Undead To Me by Stacey Jay, razOrbill Jan 2009







The Magician’s Apprentice by Trudi Canavan, Orbit, Feb 2009







Forbidden: The Temptation by Samantha Sommersby, Linden Bay e-book.







The Alchemist’s Pursuit by Dave Duncan, Ace pb, March 2009








Borne in Blood by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Tor HC, Dec 2007

November 2009

The Mystery of Magic Part IV: Journeyman










Prophets: Apotheosis Book One by S. Andrew Swann, DAW pb March 2009







Hope’s Folly, by Linnea Sinclair, Bantam pb March 2009







The Devil’s Eye, An Alex Benedict Novel by Jack McDevitt, Ace HC Nov. 2008








WWW.WAKE by Robert J. Sawyer, ACE HC, April 2009







The Turning Tide by Diana Pharaoh Francis, RoC pb May 2009

December 2009

The Mystery of Magic: Part V Master Magician


As usual in December I’m not going to review any new titles to refrain from fueling the commercialization of the season. So let’s contemplate what we’ve learned.  

This column talks about what Master Magicians do in their spare time and how that brings us closer to World Peace. 



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