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 […]

SHADOW OVER AVALON by C.N. Lesley

Shadow Over Avalon

by C. N. Lesley (Kristell Ink)

Everything works in this truly different spinoff of the Arthurian legend.

I’d reviewed C.N. Lesley’s riveting Darkspire Reaches so I was eager to read this, and knew it would be no bedtime read (I missed several […]

THE STARS SEEM SO FAR AWAY by Margrét Helgadóttir

The Stars Seem So Far Away

by Margrét Helgadóttir (Fox Spirit Books)

Margrét Helgadóttir is a Norwegian-Icelandic writer and editor who burst onto the scene in 2012.

I’m very pleased she asked us to review The Stars Seem So Far Away, since it handles the acidification of […]

LONG HIDDEN edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older

Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History

edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older (Crossed Genres Publications)

The editors start off in their introduction saying that before Long Hidden was a book, it was a discussion centering around “representations of African diasporic voices in […]

1Q 2015 Small Press Book Reviews

Lights in the Deep by Brad R. Torgersen (Wordfire Press)

My first exposure to the works of Brad R. Torgersen was the story “Ray of Light” in the November 2011 Analog. Like David Levine’s “Tk’Tk’Tk’, “ I thought it was worthy of awards nominations as soon as it came out. I […]

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. […]