Book Review: HALF-RESURRECTION BLUES by Daniel Jose Older

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In HALF-RESURRECTION BLUES, author Daniel José Older puts just the right amount of twist on familiar tropes, and brings a fresh voice to an exciting urban fantasy world. Older’s concept is simple enough: Our hero, Carlos Delacruz, is in between life and death, the only one of his kind–so he thinks. Within the first five pages, Carlos learns […]

The 2015 Sci-Fi Experience on AISFP


Carl V. Anderson is running a community read of all things Sci-Fi, called The 2015 Sci-Fi Experience. Wait, that isn’t just a month, that’s 2015… oh boy, that’s going to be huge. The reading marathon starts Dec. 1, 2014 and goes through Dec. 31, 2015. I’ll update this post with links to book reviews or […]

Book Review: Bathing the Lion by Jonathan Carroll


Jonathan Carroll’s latest novel, Bathing the Lion, opens with a relationship breakup. The breakup is described so vividly that the pain and tension is tangible and convincingly real. But this, along with the ultra-realistic scenes that follow, do not prepare the reader for what comes next. Picture a domestic-scale apocalypse with your world splitting beneath […]

Book Review: Dodgeball High by Bradley Sands


Despite the plot of Bradley Sand’s Dodgeball High being pretty straightforward, I still find myself having a difficult time describing it. The best I can come up with is that it’s like a high school sports movie parody as conceived by the writers at Adult Swim. Justin Lucas has just transferred to Lungville High. He […]

Book Review: The Spectral Link by Thomas Ligotti


When I heard that Thomas Ligotti was coming out with a new collection, I immediately ordered it without really thinking. That was kind of a mistake. Not because the book is bad, but because it turns out the collection only had two stories in it. Paying $20 for a hardcover that turned out to only […]

Book Review: DEAD OF NIGHT by Jonathan Maberry

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Jonathan Maberry is a very talented writer. In a genre full of similar stories with cliche descriptions, Dead of Night was refreshing and scary. The other book I’ve read of his, Patient Zero, had some of the best zombie action I’ve read. Where that book was more of a thriller with zombies, Dead of Night […]

Book Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab


I believe it was the cover that first drew me to Vicious. Something about it screamed ‘Villain’. That the blurb spoke of a story about archnemeses, super powers, and  revenge, and I was pretty much sold. I’m drawn to stories of righting wrongs and heroes that aren’t clean and shiny. What I got … well, […]

Book Review: A NEW DAWN: STAR WARS by John Jackson Miller


A New Dawn brings a new hope to a galaxy far, far away. Amidst all the hullabaloo about Disney purchasing Lucasarts, Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise, one thing became clear – change was inevitable. The greatest change and the most contentious has been removal of all the Star Wars Expanded Universe as canon. With […]

Book Review: The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton

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For all the convenient occurrences, over-explained histories and technologies, and the far-too capable Joshua Calvert it’s still a very engrossing story. The Reality Dysfunction presents a unique universe that has so much to tell.

Book Review: OF BONE AND THUNDER by Chris Evans

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The first page for OF BONE AND THUNDER is dedicated to author Chris Evans‘ comrades in Vietnam. The novel’s prologue then takes the reader over a vast, eerie forest, where a flock of birds are promptly ambushed, surrounded, and eaten–by dragons. Vietnam has been portrayed many times across various media, and this may be the first […]