Three Great Lies

Three Great Lies

by Vanessa MacLellan (Hadley Rille)

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed Three Great Lies by Vanessa MacLellan . It felt like a visit to a real place–a real, vibrant culture–with real people that I won’t soon forget and will want to revisit again […]

After the Ruin

After the Ruin

by Harriet Goodchild (Hadley Rille)

After the Ruin is a retelling of the classic boy-meets-girl story. The background for this particular romance is the high fantasy kingdom of Felluria where the immortal (beautiful/tragic) Marwy Ninek rules. Her one-true-love, Assiolo, arrives on her […]

Ghosts of the Forgotten Empire

Ghosts of Forgotten Empires Vol 1

by Michael J Foy (Telemachus Press).

Right off the bat, the prelude says the millennially ancient warbot that lost power may not have made it to its destination but “other planet-killers made it.” Then why the hell is the world repopulated? […]

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

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

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 […]