Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection

Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection (The Stormlight Archive #2.5) by Brandon Sanderson Published: Tor Books (Nov 22, 2016) Original Post: Cross-posted(Jan 24, 2017)     SPOILER WARNING: Arcanum Unbounded features major spoilers for Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive, and Elantris. This review contains spoilers for Mistborn & The Stormlight Archive. This anthology is best suited for fans of Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere. ~ Arcanum Unbounded is a collection of fantasy novellas by Brandon Sanderson. All of the stories are set in his Cosmere universe. Each planetary system explored is prefaced by the White Sand’s Worldhopper Khriss. This unique perspective allows Sanderson’s observations Read More …

The Alchemists of Loom (1/10/2017)

The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga #1) by Elise Kova Published: Keymaster Press (Jan 10, 2017) Posted: Cross-posted (Dec 31, 2016)     The Alchemists of Loom marks the beginning of a new fantasy series by Elise Kova. Combining Steampunk and high fantasy, the author revitalizes the questing-high fantasy genre, creating a detail-rich world with unparalleled originality. Alchemists may be extremely easy to read, but don’t let that fool you, there’s a lot to love here! Loom is a world of opposites. Controlled by a powerful race of magic-wielding beings known as Dragons, the downtrodden, gray-skinned Fenthri are forced to Read More …

Signal to Noise

Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Published: Solaris (Feb 10, 2015) Original Post: Edge, Goodreads, Medium (Nov 23, 2016)     “In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.” – TS Eliot “Why can’t music be magic? Aren’t spells just words you repeat? And what are songs? Lyrics that play over and over again. The words are like a formula.” – Signal to Noise   Signal to Noise explores music and magic in a story that bridges two decades. Through the turbulence of youth to the uncertainties of adulthood, the novel blends modern Read More …

The Apothecary’s Curse (10/11/2016)

The Apothecary’s Curse by Barbara Barnett (Blogcritics) Published: Pyr (Oct 11, 2016) Posted: Goodreads (Sep 3, 2016)     The Apothecary’s Curse is an upcoming fantasy novel set in an alternate Victorian England and modern day Chicago. Alternating between two timelines, the novel explores humanity through the lens of its two immortal protagonists: Doctor Simon Bell and the mysterious apothecary, Gaelan Erceldoune. Over the centuries, they’ll need to work together to overcome many obstacles and unravel the secret of their affliction. The author concocts a masterful blend of the finest storytelling elements. With a tempered hand, Bell and Erceldoune’s story 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 …

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 …

Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant #1)

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson Published: Berkley Publishing (Feb 2015) Posted: Goodreads (Oct 14, 2014)   “The medium is the message” – Marshall McLuhan “We have no future because our present is too volatile… We have only risk management. The spinning of the given moment’s scenarios. Pattern recognition.” – Hubertus Bigend, Pattern Recognition * Pattern Recognition is the story of an eccentric trend spotter, Cayce Pollard, and her mission to find the latest viral videos clips attracting a cult-like appeal. William Gibson masterfully blends concise and powerful storytelling with present-day reality in a strangely compelling tale that’ll hook you within Read More …