by Jo Jordan (Heliosphere Books)

Calamity is a Wild, Weird West version of the story of Calamity Jane, “Being an account of Calamity Jane and her gunslinging green man.” Her “green man” is an alien, one of two species visiting earth, and he has antennae and huge […]

Scylla and Charybdis

Scylla and Charybdis

by Lindsey Duncan (Kristell Ink)

Four generations ago a genetically-engineered disease that is only transmitted by human males, Y-poisoning, caused widespread death and anarchy, and destroyed Earth. To escape that, a group of women set up a hidden, self-sufficient space station. They chose to name […]

Review: The Amiestrin Gambit

The Amiestrin Gambit (The King’s Daughter, Book 1)

by J. Kathleen Cheney (Dream Palace Press)


The book opens with a ranking officer who is also a seer playing chess with the young man Llelas, who came to find out why he was being sent to the newly-reopened […]

Walls and Wonders

Walls and Wonders

by S. R. Algernon (ReAnimus Press)

ReAnimus Press is a small press publisher that brings back great books whose rights have reverted to authors. S.R. Algernon’s short story collection is divided into four parts: Calling Out, Breaking Through, Tearing Down, and To Build Anew. I’ll […]

Guardians of Evion: Destiny

Guardians of Evion: Destiny

by Evelinn Enoksen (Kristell Ink)

The author of this book is not merely a writer but also an artist and it shows: I very much appreciated the unshaded, gothic-gray illustration; it was quaint, precisely-detailed and lovely.

The book was not a bad read and […]

Our review of Born to the Blade (series)

Born to the Blade (series)

by Marie Brennan, Cassandra Khaw, Michael Underwood, and Malka Older (Serial Box)

This 11-episode series (season 1) is set in an interesting world of floating islands in the sky where noble classes rule. Below these islands are the dangerous Mists where monsters menace […]

Our review of Markswoman


by Rati Mehrotra (Harper Voyager)

Abyss & Apex only reviews small press publishers, and this book was from a major publisher. But Rati Mehrotha is an A&A author (“Hatyasin”) and I read this. So please follow this link to my review of Markswoman over at Goodreads.


The Experience Arcade

The Experience Arcade and other stories

by James Van Pelt (Fairwood Press)

Jim Van Pelt is both a storyteller and a teacher, so it’s fitting that each story in this entire collection has a short preface, and a short afterword teaching about the craft of writing. As is […]


Original (The Horn, Book 2)

by J. Kathleen Cheney

This worthy sequel to Oathbreaker (A&A’s review here), starts where Dalyan the outsider and Amal left off: with Dalyan recovering from being shocked to death, and then re-shocked to life. Amal wonders if it also fried his personality. They’re […]


Overseer (The Horn, Book 3)

J. Kathleen Cheney (EOP Press)

In this worth sequel to Oathbreaker and Original, Dalyan and Amal deal with more infiltrators from Cince. Foremost of those is Aulis an older man who is a version of the same original man as Dalyan. They’re both […]