Stephen King’s got novel number 60 out. Steve F takes a look at it. Is it garbage, word slaw, Pulitzer-worthy, or what? See what Steve thinks.
Steve prepares for a Vancouver visit from Annalee Newitz, whose latest book Autonomous, is reviewed here. He’ll be there, will you?
Xaghra’s Revenge is a well-written, time-travelling historical fantasy. Highly recommended!
Amusing at times, shocking at others, a touching and somehow wonderful SFF read.
Many who enjoyed the thriller-type TV series of the seventies and eighties, plus Stephen King’s wonderful novel Needful Things, will enjoy the collection of tales called Marvelry’s Curiosity Shop.
The Alchemist is an excellent example of the true magic that happens when literary fiction and genre fiction work together.
Reviewer John Dodds loved Steel Sky, which reads like Alexandre Dumas crossed with Isaac Asimov.
The Genesis Fleet: Vanguard is not a perfect story, but as another entry into the Gearyverse, it’s still an enjoyable read.
If you like weird, absurd, meta fiction, then check out King of the Worlds, but if that isn’t your cup of tea…
If zombie fiction is your cup of entrails, Mutation, the first novel in Nerys Wheatley’s Twenty-Five Percent trilogy provides an action packed thrill ride with some interesting new twists.
101 Stumbles in the March of History is an entertaining volume of essays on what the world would have looked like if certain historical mistakes had not happened.
In her new book Breath of Earth, Beth Cato finds a way to create an entertaining alternate history centred on the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Golems, Kabbalists and NAZI Germany collide in The Book of Esther
Napoleon Bonaparte once famously said “history is a set of lies agreed upon;”
Bombs Away by Harry Turtledove was a good, if flawed, book. That being said, how does its sequel, Fallout, hold up to the original? Our story continues (and maybe skip the next two paragraphs if you haven’t read Bombs Away) immediately after the atomic bombing of Paris. Soviet forces are pushing hard across western Europe and are on the verge […]
…our characters find alcoholic children, rampant inflation, polygamy, universal gun ownership and a bandit who steals everyone’s fine linens.
I was happy to get a chance to read The House of Daniel, a fantasy story about baseball set during the Great Depression.
Some might argue I am spoiling The Last Pilot, but it is important to talk about this because Johncock’s description of what parents go through when they lose a child is very realistic.
The Ear, The Eye and The Arm combines traditional African culture with science fiction technology
The first book in the Great Library series
Flatland – characters are two dimensional.
Greek myth and a quirky treatment of French characters informs this Formula 1 plus Hogworts novel.
Life in a western under the sea
The true origins of Celtic fairy tales.
A novel about deep sea living isn’t the deepest, but then it’s a Western too….
Sorcerers and Crime Bosses take over America
Shakespeare vs Cthulhu? The Bard as Bond? I think I need ‘Q’ to explain all of this to me….
if you don’t mind reading in depth details about fictional worlds…
In advance of the SyFy mini-series of Arthur C. Clarke’s classic “Childhood’s End,” Steve reviews the actual book and finds it worth a read!
Steve once again covers the ubiquitous Stephen King, who’s got a new collection of short stories out. A new collection of King is usually something to crow about, and this one’s no exception.