4Q 2015 Small Press Book Reviews

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

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

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

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 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 (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 […]