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
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
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 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? […]
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
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
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 (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 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: 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 […]