Book Review: Blackwater Lights by Michael M. Hughes

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A mysterious phone call from an old friend prompts Ray Simon to return to the town of Blackwater, where he had spent part of his childhood. The visit isn’t something he is too keen on, however, since something happened to him back then, something of which he has no memory. But Kevin’s evident distress overrides […]

Book Review: Apocalypse Weird: Texocalypse Now by Michael Bunker and Nick Cole


In Apocalypse Weird: Texocalypse Now (Digger #1), Michael Bunker and Nick Cole show improvement in what has already been great storytelling and prose in their earlier works. For those who are unaware of Apocalypse Weird, Shaun just posted a nice summary of this groundbreaking endeavor to change face of indie publishing. They call it Marvel […]

Book Review: The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq


The French author Michel Houellebecq has had an interesting year so far. On the same day of the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices, his caricature was featured on the front cover of that magazine. This was also the day his new novel Submission was published, which takes place in the year 2022 where the […]

Review: Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L. Powell


Imagine if you will a World War II fighter pilot…who also happens to be a monkey. The eponymous Ack-Ack Macaque isn’t all he seems, however, as Powell’s seriously entertaining alternate history novel proves. Based on Powell’s Interzone reader’s poll-winning story in 2007 (included in the book), which is more metaphorical and focuses on a failing relationship, […]

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 […]