The Seer’s Choice

The Seer’s Choice

by J Kathleen Cheney

The 1800s Portugal setting of Cheney’s novella “Of Ambergris, Blood and Brandy” in Abyss & Apex was expanded by J. Kathleen Cheney into three novels set in that magical world: her Tales of the Golden City series, available from Roc. The […]

Serpent of the Shangrove

Serpent of the Shangrove

by C.N. Lesley

Have you read Darkspire Reaches, a book that so captivated me that I missed meals and was unaware the sun had gone down? Read that first, as Serpent of the Shangrove is not exactly a “First Novel” (a book where you […]

Lex Talionis

Lex Talionis

by R. S. A. Garcia

This is a fast-paced, science fiction action-thriller. It’s meaty in more ways than one: 324 pages of skiffy goodness with excellent characters, intrigue, aliens, and a whirlwind plot.

In summary, a young woman is brought to a hospital in very serious […]

Iron Shoes

Iron Shoes:

Three Tales from Hawk’s Folly Farm

by J Kathleen Cheney

This book contains three complete fantasy novellas set in 1800s Saratoga Springs, NY, home of the historic Saratoga Race Track.

In the first novella, “Iron Shoes,” the young widow Imogen Hawkes has inherited a […]

Campaign 2100: Game of Scorpions

Election 2100: Game of Scorpions

by Larry Hodges

In this amusing satire, the American two-party electoral system is now used to elect a World President. The father-daughter team of Toby and Lara Platt might seem caricatures of cutthroat campaign directors to those on the right, but those on […]

The Worker Prince

The Worker Prince (WordFire Press) by Brian Thomas Schmidt

It’s a rare treat to find a book I unabashedly recommend to any parent, elementary school library or middle school librarian. This book has everything a young person could want in the way of great male and female characters they can […]

A Single Light

A Single Light (Odyssey Books)

by Patricia Leslie

Okay, I’m a sucker for detective stories, plucky journalists who doggedly pursue a story, medical thrillers, or something new in the paranormal field. A Single Light is all of these, and the new factor is ghouls who live […]

Ice Magic, Fire Magic

Ice Magic, Fire Magic (Hadley Rille) by Shauna Roberts

Ice Magic, Fire Magic sucked me right in with a unique magical system, and kept surprising me with reversals and twists. Some of it was predictable, but even then the manner of the foretold events unfolding was unusual.

Fila, the […]

Decision Points

Decision Points(WordFire Press) Edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

I’m always a fan of stories that ask, “How would people handle having this new technology, this magical power, this situation? Decision Points asks all of those questions. And it has characters who are usually children or young adults making the hard choices.

The anthology […]

The Shiva Syndrome

The Shiva Syndrome by Alan Joshua (Burst Books)

If you think of this book as the literary equivalent of a first-person shooter game you’d be close. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing. (Add a star if you’re a fan of classic DOOM.)

The setup: The American military comes to […]