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 […]

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 […]

Book Review: A DARKLING SEA by James Cambias

A Darkling Sea

There are many reasons to enjoy science fiction. If hard science fiction is your thing, read how Kim Stanley Robinson extrapolates our current technology to posit a utopian future. Or if you prefer social science fiction, pick up a novel by Ursula K. LeGuin and see how she integrates anthropology into fictional worlds as if […]

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, […]

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 […]

Review: Assassin’s Creed (Graphic Novels)

Hawk cover

As a player — and fan — of the Assassin’s Creed on the Xbox 360, I was delighted to have the opportunity to review graphic novels based on the game. The first collection, The Ankh of Isis Trilogy (Titan Books) comprises three sequential tales called, repectively, Desmond, Aquilus and Accipter, named after characters in the narrative. Desmond […]

Book Review: TALUS AND THE FROZEN KING by Graham Edwards

Talus and the frozen king

The manic energy of modern day our modern Sherlock Holmes is a difficult thing to transpose to a book. To take such a character and place them in the Stone Age without the aid of modern technology runs the risk of creating a story so at odds with itself that any trunk it’s hidden in […]

Audiobook Review: THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir


Fans of space exploration and science will salivate over The Martian. Andy Weir‘s debut novel combines dramatic survival in a unique environment with laugh-out-loud humor. Our astronaut has been stranded on Mars after a freak accident convinced his team that he was dead. He is a biologist and an engineer, and a brilliant one at […]


Technicolor Terrorists by Andre Duza

I was first introduced to Ande Duza‘s (NSFW) work in the Orange edition of the Bizarro Starter Kit. His contribution was a Roger Rabbit/Cool World-esque novella called “Don’t F(bleep)k with the Coloureds” about cartoons coming into the real world. Recently, I also read his collaboration with Wrath James White called Son of a Bitch, a […]