Like Andre Duza, Bruce Taylor, (a.k.a. Mr. Magical Realism), is an author who’s work I first came across in the Orange edition of the Bizarro Starter Kit. The Final Trick of Funnyman is Bruce’s first collection of short stories and includes the story that hooked me on Bruce’s writing: “The Breath Amidst the Stones” is a […]

SF Book Releases This Week: April 15, 2014


The Lost, from Galileo Games, edited by J.R. Blackwell The Lost is stories of hope, tragedy, and the people the world turns away from. From a young woman struggling with addiction to a streetwise Santa looking out for his friends, these stories range from literary to magical realism. The Lost is an anthology of stories […]

Audiobook Review: DARK DAYS (Apocalypse Z) by Manel Loureiro, Narrated by Nick Podehl

Dark Days

Two zombie books in a row, I know. Blame the narrator, Nick Podehl, whose gift for giving voice to suspense could keep me glued to the Golf Channel. It turns out my fandom is not alone, Nick has won multiple Earphones Award, Best Voices of the Year awards. Add to this The Walking Dead’s season […]

Book Review: COLDBROOK by Tim Lebbon


Seeing my enthusiasm for this book’s kickbutt ending, a friend teased me: “you and your zombies.” Yes, I still love zombies, but the more I read them the more I need the story and characters to stand out and excel. Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon suits every tastebud of my zombie fettish, even sprinkling on a […]

SF Book Releases This Week: April 8, 2014


Revelations (Extinction Point, Book 3) by Paul Antony Jones There is nowhere left to run. In the wake of the deadly plague that virtually annihilated the human race, a vast red jungle teeming with alien creatures and lethal plants is devouring Earth, swallowing buildings whole and ruthlessly decimating what life remains. A witness to the […]

Game of Thrones Box Set Giveaway: Seasons 1-3

GoT giveaway

Terry’s Blinds in the UK is offering a giveaway of a box set of Game of Thrones TV series, Seasons 1-3. The odds at this point are pretty ridiculous in your favor, so I felt I had to share. An easy way to enter is to retweet my tweet:, or scroll down to the […]

Reader Interview: Epic Fantasy Reviewer, Will Ramirez

William Ramirez

A new series of blog posts I’m eager to share with our audience are Q and A’s with my review staff on their preferred genres. For our first discussion, I’ve invited Will Ramirez to share on what types of Fantasy he enjoys as well as an extended discussion on his fandom of Brandon Sanderson. Will […]

Book Review: HOLLOW WORLD by Michael J. Sullivan

Hollow World

One of the first things that appealed about Hollow World was how easy it was to get into the story. Written in the classic style of H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, Michael J. Sullivan’s Hollow World produces a modern story just as enjoyable, if not more so, than its predecessor. The main character, Ellis Rodgers, […]

SF Book Releases This Week: April 1, 2014


Hollow World by Michael J. Sullivan THE FUTURE IS COMING…FOR SOME SOONER THAN OTHERS Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing, but when diagnosed with a terminal illness, he’s willing to take an insane […]

Book Review: ALIEN: OUT OF THE SHADOWS by Tim Lebbon

Alien cover

The deep-ore mining vessel, Marion, is in orbit above the inhospitable planet LV178 from which the Kelland Mining Company is extracting precious trimonite. During a shift change, the Marion’s crew of 10 are concerned by the lack of contact with the remaining 40 crewmembers on the surface. They soon discover what’s happened to them when […]