Under the Amoral Bridge (The Bridge Chronicles #1)

Under the Amoral Bridge by Gary Ballard Published: CreateSpace (January 31, 2008) Posted: Goodreads (Aug 28, 2016)   Under the Amoral Bridge by Gary Bollard is the first novel in The Bridge Chronicles trilogy. Originally published in installments on the author’s blog, Amoral Bridge is a story about a hacker-turned-fixer named Artemis Bridge. With a healthy bit of hatred towards the human race, Bridge is forced to play a game of dealing in deadly secrets with morally reprehensible enemies. Artemis knows people. Whether you have a dirty deed that needs doing or a festering secret that needs burying, he can Read More …

Zero History (Blue Ant #3)

Zero History by William Gibson Published: G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Sep 7, 2010) Posted: Goodreads (Aug 26, 2016) [Start here: Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant #1) & Spook Country (Blue Ant #2)]   “Time moves in one direction, memory in another.” – William Gibson “When you want to know how things really work, study them when they’re coming apart.” – Hubertus Bigend   Zero History is the epic conclusion to William Gibson’s Blue Ant trilogy. In the novel, the author distills a lot of what made Pattern Recognition great and expands upon it successfully. Gibson gives us an original and well written Read More …

Spook Country (Blue Ant #2)

Spook Country by William Gibson Published: Putnam Adult (Aug 7, 2007) Posted: Goodreads (Aug 15, 2016) [Review of Pattern Recognition]     “We have no future… For us, of course, things can change so abruptly, so violently, so profoundly … our present is too volatile.” – Pattern Recognition “Secrets… are the very root of cool.” – Hubertus Bigend, Spook Country Summary Spook Country is the second novel in William Gibson’s Blue Ant trilogy. While it’s unlike the first novel in many ways, Spook Country is an interesting work of speculative fiction that manages to blend high technology, espionage, mystery, and Read More …

Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening (Issues #1-6) (Graphic Novel)

Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers. – Monstress synopsis, Image Comics This article combines reviews of the 6-part single issue release of the ARC Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening graphic novel. If you prefer to read each review at a time, you Read More …

Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2)

Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2) by Brandon Sanderson Published: Tor Books (Mar 4, 2014) Posted: Goodreads     Words of Radiance is the second installment of Brandon Sanderson’s The Stormlight Archive. If this is your first Stormlight Archive novel, you should probably go check out The Way of Kings as this review contains a few spoilers! If you read and enjoyed the first volume, the second will blow your mind! *** Where The Way of Kings establishes the detail rich world of Roshar, complete with a large assortment of characters, Words of Radiance expands upon that depth a Read More …

The Peripheral

The Peripheral by William Gibson Published: Oct 28, 2014 Posted: Goodreads (Jan 15, 2015)     The Peripheral is a novel that combines a lot of elements of other works of science fiction and manages to create something new and interesting. The tone is Gibson at his finest, complete with a dystopian glimpse of the future and terrific characters. The novel’s world is described in split timelines: one is a world inhabited by former special ops, ex-Marine, Burton Fisher and his sister, Flynne Fisher. Burton Fisher – a former high-tech recon Special Forces soldier – suffers from haptic feedback issues, Read More …

Altered America: Steampunk Stories

Altered America: Steampunk Stories by Cat Rambo Published: Plunkett Press (Jun 12, 2016) Posted: Goodreads (Aug 4, 2016)     Altered America: Steampunk Stories by Cat Rambo is a collection of the author’s short stories. Unlike other Steampunk works, Rambo focuses on crafting an alternate history of the world in which dreadful magic returns and supernatural threats run rampant. Most of the stories take place in America during the mid-1800s, early 1900s. Unlike other shorts in the genre, those in Altered America focus on a singular, pivotal event: the mysterious return of fairies, heralding in other forms of magic and Read More …