ZEUS IS DEAD by Michael G. Munz

ZEUS IS DEAD

by Michael G. Munz (Booktrope)

Terry Pratchett meets Douglas Adams in this farce of Greek gods returning to modern times.

The idiot ball, for those who are unaware, is the bane of good fiction. In any television show, movie, neighborhood play, or, yes, novel whenever [...]

THE GAIA WARS – Books One and Two – by Kenneth G. Bennett

THE GAIA WARS – Books One and Two

by Kenneth G. Bennett

Since I enjoyed EXODUS 2023 so much, I asked the author what else he had, and although these were published through Createspace, I had a go. I was not disappointing.

Book 1 of THE GAIA WARS series, by Kenneth [...]

ESCAPE PLANS by David Sakmyster

Escape Plans by David Sakmyster (Wordfire Press)

This short speculative fiction collection by veteran A&A author contains two stories published in this magazine: “Turning Time” and “The Wrong Basement.” The former is chilling, the latter whimsical and heartwarming. So I knew David Sakmyster had range before I picked up this [...]

3Q 2014 Small Press Book Reviews

EXODUS 2022 by Kenneth G. Bennett (Booktrope)

Wow. As appalling and wide in its scope as Blood Music, new writer Kenneth G. Bennett spins a tale of mercenaries and ecology, life and death, love and sacrifice, fate and karma. You’ll be listening to the music of the spheres for days [...]

2Q 2014 Small Press Book Reviews

Sorcerers in Space

by Larry Hodges (Class Act Books)

If you think puns are the lowest form of humor, move along, nothing to see here. But if you think puns are awesome are you ever in for a treat when you read Sorcerers in Space. [...]

1Q2014 Book Reviews

Old Souls and the Grammar of Their Wanderings

by Berrien C. Henderson (Papaveria Press)

I’ve been waiting to read this retelling of Arthurian Legends, Old South style. Henderson needn’t have worried; it is not the love child of Jeff Foxworthy and Malory. It’s lyrical, and the [...]

3Q 2013 Book Reviews

Flow (Double Dragon Publishing) by Lindsey Duncan

Veteran A&A author Lindsey Duncan has a book out, and we were excited to read it. Flow is a fantasy about inherited magical abilities, faerie-being manifestations, and being royally pissed at someone else choosing your destiny based on things that happened [...]

2Q 2013 Small Press Book Reviews

Abyss & Apex 2Q 2013 Small Press Book Reviews

Darkspire Reaches

by C.N. Lesley (Kristell Ink)

Despite the cover this is not yet another book about magic and dragons. It is about a young woman’s journey of self-discovery. On par with the lowly Wart of Arthurian legend, fifteen-year-old Raven starts out [...]

1Q 2013 Small Press Book Reviews

Near+Far by Cat Rambo.

Welcome to the dark and realistic future worlds of veteran science fiction writer Cat Rambo. Two of the stories in this double collection were originally published in Abyss & Apex so when it came out we asked to look at it. We were not disappointed. Buy this and you’ll [...]

July 2012 Small Press Book Reviews

The Chosen

by Jay Hartlove

(Damnation Books)

Okay, this I was not expecting. Chosen by Jay Hartlove is sort of black-Jason-Bourne-meets-Egyptian-Voodoo mashup. It chronicles an ancient rivalry between the chief magician of the Pharaoh mentioned in Exodus and his replacement when Pharaoh’s magician was shown to be a traitor for [...]