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 […]

Three Great Lies

Three Great Lies

by Vanessa MacLellan (Hadley Rille)

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed Three Great Lies by Vanessa MacLellan . It felt like a visit to a real place–a real, vibrant culture–with real people that I won’t soon forget and will want to revisit again […]

After the Ruin

After the Ruin

by Harriet Goodchild (Hadley Rille)

After the Ruin is a retelling of the classic boy-meets-girl story. The background for this particular romance is the high fantasy kingdom of Felluria where the immortal (beautiful/tragic) Marwy Ninek rules. Her one-true-love, Assiolo, arrives on her […]

Ghosts of the Forgotten Empire

Ghosts of Forgotten Empires Vol 1

by Michael J Foy (Telemachus Press).

Right off the bat, the prelude says the millennially ancient warbot that lost power may not have made it to its destination but “other planet-killers made it.” Then why the hell is the world repopulated? […]

4Q 2015 Small Press Book Reviews

The Black Trillium by Simon McNeil (Brain Lag)

Imagine a post apocalyptic world where swashbuckling meets a good Kung Fu movie meets I Am Legend, in Canada.

I hesitate to call this book Sword and Sorcery since the “magic” is more of the kind you’d find in a martial […]

RECOIL by Bonnie Brunish

Recoil by Bonnie Brunish

 

There is simply not enough far-future science fiction being written, and this novel, first in a series, is a new addition to the subgenre of what may happen to the future human race if we become a spacefaring people who discover some form of faster-than-light travel.

And, in […]

JEWS VS ALIENS

Jews Vs. Aliens

edited by Lavie Tidhar and Rebecca Levene (Jurassic London)

Jews vs Aliens is a charity anthology supporting Mosac (Greenwich, South London), which provides practical and emotional support to non-abusing parents, carers and families of children who have been sexually abused.

But don’t buy it to […]

Sword of Shadows

Sword of Shadows (Kristell Ink, Grimbold Books) by C.N. Lesley

This book is all about a quest for a legendary sword, but the Excalibur of this tale is the key to an alien race. It’s not only a war of swords and stealth, it’s a war for genetic and technological […]

Pandora’s Gun

Pandora’s Gun by James Van Pelt (Faiwood Press)

 

If you enjoyed Paul Melko’s THE WALLS OF THE UNIVERSE, or Jay Lake’s ROCKET SCIENCE, you’ll love this!

Peter is a high schooler who’s best friend is drifting away from much of the closeness they shared since elementary school. He’s found […]

BACK, BELLY, & SIDE by Celeste Rita Baker

Back, Belly, & Side: True Lies and False Tales

by Celeste Rite Baker (Aqueduct Press)

Overall, I enjoyed reading this compilation of thirteen short stories by Celeste Rita Baker. As a collection, Back, Belly, & Side was thematically (mostly) consistent. The voice was lyrical and varied. I found […]