Book Reviews

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  • John F.D. Taff is a well-respected purveyor of horror fiction, his short stories have received numerous nominations over the past handful of decades. Tor Nightfire launched in 2021 as a horror-focused imprint of Tor books, a much welcome and – dare this reader say – needed imprint. Who better to curate what aims to be*…
  • Holly Black is a superstar/bestselling/award-winning writer of young adult fantasy novels, she’s something of a brand name. With Book of Night, Mrs. Black makes the leap into adult fiction, an urban fantasy about shadow magic and the criminal element that looks gain control of that world. Charlie Hall has never found a lock she couldn’t…
  • Kingfisher has been taking up space in my “must read list” for a few years thanks to her horror novels. Nettle & Bone is a slight veering from those horrific, uneasy tales, but there’s an undercurrent of dread nonetheless. Most princesses want to marry the prince, in this case, the princess wants to dispose of…
  • John Gwynne’s Norse-inspired epic, The Bloodsworn, continues in The Hunger of the Gods, the second installment of the saga (The Shadow of the Gods, book 1, reviewed here). Gwynne picks up the story shortly after the ending of the first installment, so this review will contain some mild spoilers. Set in a Norse-inspired world and…
  • Recent comments in the SFFWorld Forums coincidentally led to this omnibus tome arriving on my desk. I approached it with some caution, admittedly. Whilst aware of the dated nature of stories from a similar age – racism, sexism, gender bias, etc – what else is there to say on a book which has influenced so…
  • I last reviewed the first book in this series back in 2021. A History of What Comes Next told us of the covert actions of  the alien race known as the Kibsu. For thousands of years the Kibsu have been guiding the human race, with the ultimate aim being to go to the stars before…
  • Norse Mythology is one of the most fertile ground for fantasy stories and novels – gods, warriors, monsters, demi-humans, and grand scale events. John Gwynne plucks many elements from Norse myth (along with some of his own creations) for The Shadow of the Gods, the first installment of The Bloodsworn. You could call this a…
  • Mickey Barnes is an Expendible – the person on a colony spaceship who is used for those activities when a human is necessary, but knowing that he is likely to die. For many that would be bad news, but Mickey has an ace up his sleeve in that if he dies – actually more a…
  • The idea that ‘free’ fiction equals a substandard quality is once again debunked. This time by the U.K. site, Mythaxis.co.uk, which has been home to speculative fiction for fourteen years. Established in in 2008, by Gil Williamson, Mythaxis.co.uk is now under the care of Andrew Leon Hudson. The advert free site continues to provide an…
  • John Scalzi is one of the more popular, prolific, accessible, and intelligent Science Fiction writers plying his trade these days. I’m a big fan of his Old Man’s War series, as well as the other many, many books he’s written. When I learned he was tackling one of my favorite SF mainstays, the Kaiju, I…