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 […]



by Joseph MacKinnon (Guy Faux Books)

I was not the target audience for this book.

The main character of CYPLUCHRE, Dr. Paul Sheffield, is the quintessential mad scientist. Never mind that his madness has perfectly good reasons. He’s living in an altered state of consciousness. A descent […]

The Cross Cutting Trilogy


The Cross Cutting Trilogy

by Wendy Hammmer (Apocalypse Ink Productions)

Protagonist Trinidad O’Laughlin is a child of vastly different cultures, but her parents had a common unique gift: Earth magic. Working closely with the land, city or whatever area a Walker cares for is called, they defend the area. […]

The Ramshead Algorithm and other stories

The Ramshead Algorithm and other stories

by KJ Kabza (Pink Narcissus Press)


KJ Kabza seems to specialize in altered states, dream states, and has a range from flights of fancy to gut-wrenching terror. I have to say I really liked the black-and-white, full-page pen-and- ink illustrations, which […]

A&A Reviews Genehunter

The Genehunter: The Complete Casebook

by Simon Kewin (Stormcrow Books)

In receiving author bios I discovered that veteran Abyss & Apex author Simon Kewin, who has a story in this edition, has written novels. Here is my review of his science fiction noir gumshoe book, The Genehunter.

Very […]

The Poet King

The Poet King

by Mark Nelson

(forthcoming from Hadley Rille Books)


If you’re looking for a new series to read, a new fantasist to discover, I highly recommend the work of Mark Nelson.

Finishing up the trilogy he started with The Poets of Pevana and […]

An Eighty-Percent Solution

An Eighty-Percent Solution (CorpGov Chronicles Book 1)

by Thomas Gondolfi (TANSTAAFL Press )


My credulity was strained repeatedly by this book. Cats, illegal? They never say why, not to my satisfaction. Helping others not legal? Pfft. Magic? Not much of a case for how it shows up […]

Walking on the Sea of Clouds

Walking on the Sea of Clouds

by Gray Rinehart (Wordfire Press)


If you’ve ever wanted to be a colonist on the moon, this is as close as you will ever get without going there yourself.

Fans of THE MARTIAN will appreciate the technical struggles of Frank and […]