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Abyss & Apex reviews THE SHADOW COLLECTOR by Bonnie Randall

 The Shadow Collector (Tellwell) by Bonnie Randall It takes at least a decade to become an “overnight success,” or in this case two decades. In June of 2023 this A&A author and veteran indie writer Bonnie Randall’s latest work became … Continue reading

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Abyss & Apex reviews DEATH TANGO by Lachi

Death Tango  (Running Wild Press/ RIZE ) by Lachi The book opens with a grisly murder by a nameless someone who is not fully human and feels not only slighted by a scientist named Dr. Ferguson but threatened by him–so … Continue reading

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A&A Reviews SINGULARITY SYNDROME

Singularity Syndrome (Pandamoon Publishing) by Susan Kuchinskas I was pleasantly surprised by The Singularity Syndrome. I guess you could call it “hacker noir,” and by hacker I mean both biological as well as computer hacking. It involves biological chimeras in … Continue reading

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A&A Reviews ESPRIT DE CORPSE

Esprit de Corpse (NeoParadoxa) by Ef Deal This is a fun romp of a steampunk tale. Jacqueline Duval is an inveterate tinkerer, an innovator, and holds many mechanical patents in 1840s France. Her twin sister, Angélique, used to be a … Continue reading

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A&A Reviews GREENSMITH

Greensmith (Unsung Stories) by Aliya Whiteley A thought-provoking tale that lingers in the mind. I’m going to categorize Greensmith as a “thought experiment” because it has the usual flaw of stories that are outside of human experience. States such as … Continue reading

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A&A Reviews: Ashes of Regret

Ashes of Regret (MudHouse Publishing) by Searby Gray On a Summer Solstice, imprisoned Mesopotamian gods broke free of their sun god’s prison and literally rained fire on our world, changing it forever. Called “The Misbegotten” because of their petty and … Continue reading

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A&A Reviews: Wicked Crown

Wicked Crown (City Owl Press) by Joya Luna If you like steamy romances as part of your fantasy reading, and enjoy stories involving the court intrigue of non-human and supernatural beings, then you’ll love Wicked Crown. The crown of the … Continue reading

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A&A Reviews: The Insane God

The Insane God  (Water Dragon Publishing) by Jay Hartlove  Sarah’s been institutionalized for years with schizophrenia. A healing meteorite crystal necklace not only cured her–immediately–but intrigued her psych grad student brother Nate to the point where he tracked its origins, … Continue reading

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A&A Reviews Frankenstein: Monsters of the Abyss

Frankenstein: Monsters of the Abyss (Padwolf Publishing) by John L. French and Patrick Thomas It’s best to think of this as a “secret history” of Frankenstein and his monster. It’s done in the style of Mary Shelley’s original work but … Continue reading

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A&A Reviews: Blunt Force Magic

Blunt Force Magic by Lawrence Davis (WildBlue Press) It took me a short while to get past the way the author interrupted action scenes with reflections, but those were in the past tense and well done—so I quickly fell into … Continue reading

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