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 …

Resistance (Divided Elements #1) (1/30/17)

Resistance (Divided Elements #1) by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky Published: KYRIJA (Jan 30, 2017) Posted: Dec 9, 2016     In the post apocalyptic wastelands of France, one nation-state remains vigilant against a dying world. Within the walled city of Otpor, life has no uncertainties. Humans are created through artificial means. The process both eliminates disease and grants mankind with great skill and unparalleled ability. The Commonwealth of Otpor is a Utopia ruled by the consent of the people. The only true crime warranting capital punishment? Freedom. Chaotic and unpredictable, all forms of resistance is abhorred. While jobs are chosen by people, Read More …

First Impression of Empire Games by Charles Stross (Sample) (1/17/17)

Empire Games (Empire Games #1) by Charles Stross Published: Tor Books (Jan 17, 2017) Posted: NetGalley, Medium (Nov 29, 2016) Tentative Rating: 2 to 3 Stars*     Charles Stross is one of the greatest futurists of science fiction. Not only was he one of the first great post-singularity novelists, but he also gave artificial intelligence a lot of legitimacy in his works. So, when I saw a 150-page sample of his new Empire Games on NetGalley, I dropped everything to read it. I don’t normally write reviews of samples but, hey, it’s Charles Stross! What follows is my impression Read More …

Cyber World: Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow (11/08/2016)

Cyber World: Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow by Jason Heller & Joshua Viola Published: Hex Publishers (Nov 8, 2016) Posted: Goodreads (Oct 31, 2016)     Speculative fiction has come a long way since the long nights spent at the Chatsubo. The torrents of neon reflected rain drops, once painting the megaplex streets like technicolor oil paint, have ceased. Noir is nostalgia. Adapting to the times, the punk of tomorrow has become a dark reflection of our present. Cyber World: Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow embraces this and emphasizes the need for the genre to be malleable, technically, socially, and environmentally in-tune Read More …

Invisible Planets: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese SF in Translation (11/01/2016)

Invisible Planets by Ken Liu Published: Tor Books (Nov 1, 2016) Posted: Goodreads (Oct 24, 2016)     Invisible Planets: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese SF in Translation is a collection of Chinese speculative short fiction edited and translated by Ken Liu. A master of storytelling in his own right, Liu shares 13 stellar visions of the future by 7 of China’s top science fiction writers. It also features 3 essays that examine the role of sci-fi in modern China. This collection includes stories from Chen Quifan, Xia Jia, Ma Boyong, Hao Jingfang, Tang Fei, Cheng Jingbo, and Liu Cixin. Read More …

Savant

Savant by Nik Abnett Published: Solaris (Oct 4, 2016) Posted: Goodreads (Oct 14, 2016)     Science Fiction is the genre of taking chances. Rolling the dice, Savant by Nik Abnett explores what it means to be human from an entirely new perspective. The story revolves around a single deviation in an otherwise ordered existence… a single change that threatens to upend the planet’s safety. The Earth’s Shield must be maintained at all costs. But when one of its protectors is distracted, does the center hold? Tobe is a creature of habit. A highly respected Master at one of Earth’s Read More …

The Star of the Sea (Weird Space #4) (10/25/2016)

The Star of the Sea by Una McCormack Published: Abaddon (Oct 25, 2016) Posted: Goodreads (Sep 30, 2016)     The Star of the Sea. Stella Maris. The inhospitable world made habitable by the mysterious Weird is the focus of this epic interstellar adventure. The Weird Space series continues in this epic 4th installment by Una McCormack. The novel is natural continuation of The Baba Yaga by Una McCormack and Eric Brown and may contain spoilers for it. In The Star of the Sea, the reader is brought back to the desert world of Stella Maris to explore the results Read More …

Bridging Infinity (Infinity Project #5) (11/08/2016)

Bridging Infinity by Jonathan Strahan Published: Solaris (Rebellion) (Nov 8, 2016) Posted: Sep 15, 2016     Bridging Infinity is the latest science fiction anthology from the Infinity Project by Johnathan Strahan. His well-written introduction poses a question that forms the basis for the anthology’s tight scope. In an age of understanding, with advanced scientific tools, can engineering concepts found in sci-fi help us solve the problems we face today? This anthology provides readers with 16 speculative short stories by some of the greatest authors in the field. The topics in these stories run the gamut of sci-fi’s most beloved Read More …

4001 A.D. (Graphic Novel) (10/25/2016)

4001 A.D. by Matt Kindt Published: Dynamite (Oct 25, 2016) Posted: Sep 19, 2016     4001 A.D. by Matt Kindt is science fiction graphic novel featuring sleek art and illustrations by Clayton Crain and David W. Mack. This graphic novel combines all 4 parts of the previously released Rai series. While the story leaves a lot to be desired, the journey is aesthetically pleasing and fun to read. The story is surprisingly simple and focuses on the atrocities committed by an all powerful artificial intelligence. A megalomaniacal entity, The Father pacifies the masses living onboard the floating satellite city 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 …

The Twilight Zone: The Shadow (Graphic Novel)

The Twilight Zone: The Shadow by David Avallone Published: Dynamite (Oct 18, 2016) Posted: Sep 16, 2016     “How many Shadows does a Shadow cast?” – The Twilight Zone / The Shadow The Twilight Zone: The Shadow by David Avallone is the graphic novel release of four comic books issues. A long time fan of both The Shadow and The Twilight Zone, I was skeptical as to whether or not a combination of the two would be worth reading. Putting it bluntly, the idea of this crossover might strike you as bat shi… erm, crazy. So is this crazy 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 …

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 …

White Sand (White Sand #1) (Graphic Novel)

White Sand (White Sand #1) by Brandon Sanderson Published: Dynamite Entertainment (Jun 28, 2016) Posted: Goodreads (Jul 24, 2016)     White Sand is New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson’s first graphic novel. While it’s based on his unpublished first novel of the same name, it’s been re-imagined and released in a visual form. The graphic novel is written by my favorite fantasy novelist, but does past success transfer to this medium? White Sand takes place on the planet of Taldain, in the author’s Cosmere, the same “universe” as his Mistborn and Stormlight Archive series. Taldain is tidal locked, Read More …