Young, Ross: Dead Heads (Gloomwood) (2012)

I like this cover. Kudos to Mr. Young (old link stopped working) for managing to come up with an original idea for a fantasy novel. I cannot remember ever having seen something like Gloomwood described. Let’s see if I can describe it to you. In Gloomwood the head honcho is The Grim Reaper – yes the skeleton … Continue reading Young, Ross: Dead Heads (Gloomwood) (2012)

Cross, K. (2014). Miss Mabel’s School for Girls. (Network I). Antebellum Publishing.

Without strings attached, K. Cross offers a free copy of Miss Mabel’s School for Girls to any and all on her website. I stared at the lavender flowers on the white china and willed my heart to stop pounding. Papa’s advice whispered through my head like the balm of a cool poultice, settling my nerves … Continue reading Cross, K. (2014). Miss Mabel’s School for Girls. (Network I). Antebellum Publishing.

Stross, K.M.: The Man in Black – The Woman in White (2013)

The Man in Black – The Woman in White shows us what the earth could be like in almost 200 years if we keep on letting it go to pieces and allow money to rule the world. Stross presents us with a world without hope, a dark story of loss, poverty, inequality and disinformation. The … Continue reading Stross, K.M.: The Man in Black – The Woman in White (2013)

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A   B    C    D    E    F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z A Aaron, Rachel Aaronovitch, Ben Aaronson, E.; Wilson, T.D. & Akert, RM Abbey, Lynn Abulhawa, Susan Adair, Liz Adina, Shelley Afonso, Alexandre (reblogged) Aldiss, Brian … Continue reading Authors

Davis, Milton & Ojetade, Balogun (ed); Steamfunk! (2013)

Steamfunk! is my first encounter with the genre. Like all anthologies I have ever read, some of the stories appealed to me while others did not. No wonder, given the span of genres. Steamfunk is a US-centric collection of stories that love their steam. I keep on wondering to what extent steam could be an … Continue reading Davis, Milton & Ojetade, Balogun (ed); Steamfunk! (2013)

Priest, Cherie: Four and Twenty Blackbirds (Eden Moore 1) (2003)

“Hey,” I said, not to greet her but to get her attention. “Hey.” Her eyes rolled to meet mine. She opened her mouth but did not yet speak. Instead it seemed every sound in the forest was pulled inside her gasping lungs and I was standing in the vacuum. I knew my friends were only … Continue reading Priest, Cherie: Four and Twenty Blackbirds (Eden Moore 1) (2003)

Gaiman, Neil: The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013)

Thank you, to my sister-in-law for giving me a copy of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. In December, right before I turned seven my family moved from Australia to Norway. One of my memories tied to that move is stepping outside the plane into the middle of Norwegian winter. Moving was not … Continue reading Gaiman, Neil: The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013)

Williams, Liz: Snake Agent (Detective Inspector Chen I) (2005)

I know very little about PRC and Singapore. My knowledge has greatly increased since before reading about Detective Inspector Chen Wei, the snake agent, of Singapore 3’s Police department. Singapore 3 is a Franchise city. At the beginning DI Chen wonders whether there is another DI Chen in the other Singapores. I would really like … Continue reading Williams, Liz: Snake Agent (Detective Inspector Chen I) (2005)

Klasky, Mindy L.: The Glasswrights’ Apprentice (Glasswrights I) (2000)

“Mind your caste”, Rani is told several times both by people who wish her well and those who do not. But what is your caste when you family is killed along with most of the guild you were apprenticed to and you, yourself, are wanted for a murder you did not commit? Add to that … Continue reading Klasky, Mindy L.: The Glasswrights’ Apprentice (Glasswrights I) (2000)

Nix, Garth: Sabriel (Old Kingdom Chronicles I) (1995)

Sabriel is one of many children born to power. Her type of power is the kind that can lay the dead to rest or raise their spirits from it. Necromancy is a craft fraught with danger for its wielder. The temptation to abuse what powers we have been given seems to come the way of … Continue reading Nix, Garth: Sabriel (Old Kingdom Chronicles I) (1995)

Halstead, Jason: Dark Earth (Dark Earth I) (2011)

  In my opinion Dark Earth seems aimed at a younger Young Adult audience. Jason Halstead starts off the story in modern US and then takes us to a parallel world set to a pre-industrial age. He describes this Dark Earth as meaner and greedier than our own. Perhaps that is due to the younger audience … Continue reading Halstead, Jason: Dark Earth (Dark Earth I) (2011)

Bell, Alden: The Reapers are the Angels (2010)

“Doggone it, she says. Why do livin and dyin always have to be just half an inch apart?” Bloody hell! Some reviews hurt more than others to write. My father was a couple of years old before the Germans invaded Norway during WWII. He had passed his 7th birthday when they left. Yet there are … Continue reading Bell, Alden: The Reapers are the Angels (2010)

Sadedin, Suzanne: How the Woman got her Period (Quora, 2014)

HOW THE WOMAN GOT HER PERIOD Contrary to popular belief, most mammals do not menstruate. In fact,it’s a feature exclusive to the higher primates and certain bats*. What’s more, modern women menstruate vastly more than any other animal. And it’s bloody stupid (sorry). A shameful waste of nutrients, disabling, and a dead giveaway to any … Continue reading Sadedin, Suzanne: How the Woman got her Period (Quora, 2014)

Anderson, E. David: Into the Valley (Triton) (2012)

Into the Valley is supposed to be E. David Anderson’s first installation in the Triton series. I believe Into the Valley is Anderson’s first published work. It does not show in its presentation and substance. Into the Valley is an engaging story including elements from Greek mythology and steam-punk (although it might be science fiction … Continue reading Anderson, E. David: Into the Valley (Triton) (2012)

Hunter, T.M.: Seeker (Aston West) (2011)

T.M. Hunter describes Aston West thus: “Aston is not what your first choice for a hero would be. He doesn’t fit the stereotype of the (as my favorite label from the “Firefly” series indicates) “big d*** hero” like most in the genre do. He’s the everyman who just happens to get into more than his … Continue reading Hunter, T.M.: Seeker (Aston West) (2011)