Indie Spotlight 2: SPFBO 2017

Hello again. Another week, look at the competition. Er...I mean another batch of fantasy novels from the Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog-Off. A chance to take a peek at the wonderful, diverse world of Indie Publishing and Fantasy. This week: gods, thieves, superpowers, and haunted furniture... Talent Storm Kindle Edition by Brian Terenna  Hundreds of years after the... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Postmortal by Drew Magary

Drew Magary's The Postmortal is an intriguing pre-apocalyptic at a world where science has finally provided the 'cure' for old age and near immortality requires only a relatively inexpensive gene therapy. Diseases are still fatal. There are still accidents and murder, but eternal life is suddenly a very real possibility. The novel takes the form... Continue Reading →

Lincoln’s Bodyguard by T.J. Turner

T.J. Turner's Lincoln's Bodyguard is an alternate history adventure story set in an antebellum world where Lincoln survived John Wilkes Booth's assassination attempt and has presided over a restive South engaging in guerrilla warfare. By an accident of scheduling, I find myself reading and reviewing two alternate history novels in a row. Turner is playing in one... Continue Reading →

Joe Steele by Harry Turtledove

Harry Turtledove's Joe Steele is an alternate history of the United States stretching from the Great Depression to the 1950s in which a version of Stalin who had immigrated to the United States becomes President instead of FDR. Turtledove is the prolific master of alternate history having written over fifty novels in the genre in... Continue Reading →

The Whispering Swarm by Michael Moorcock

Michael Moorcock's The Whispering Swarm is part autobiography and part sprawling literary fantasy. Moorcock is a giant of the genre whose contributions stretch, like his fictional counter part, from the pulp science fiction of the 1950s to the New Wave and beyond. His concept of the Eternal Champion has inspired generations of imitators and his... Continue Reading →

The Suicide Exhibition by Justin Richards

Justin Richards's The Suicide Exhibition is the first novel in an alternate WWII, sci-fi romp. Richards is no stranger to science fiction, having edited the BBC Doctor Who line for many years and written a number of Doctor Who books as well, one of which involved aliens and the Third Reich. The Suicide Exhibition is,... Continue Reading →

Cannonbridge by Jonathan Barnes

Jonathan Barnes' Cannonbridge promises to be a fantastical journey through an alternate 19th Century, where a Matthew Cannonbridge is the greatest English literary figure of the age. He's been everywhere, written everything. He was there when Mary Shelley first dreamed of Frankenstein. He encouraged a young Charles Dickens, visited Oscar Wilde in prison, and went... Continue Reading →

Emissary by Chris Rogers

Chris Rogers' Emissary is an odd hybrid of political thriller, murder mystery, and science fiction epic. There are a lot of moving parts with different characters and genres interacting and conflicting. Some elements will be more successful than others depending on the reader. Personally the science fiction concepts and the slow exploration and explanation of... Continue Reading →

The Witch of Napoli by Michael Schmicker

Michael Schmicker's The Witch of Napoli is an engrossing historical tale based in part on the life of Eusapia Palladino, a 19th century Italian Spiritualist and medium who toured Europe and was examined by numerous experts before being dismissed as a clever but fraudulent fake. Schmicker's fictional creation, Alessandra Poverelli, is a Neapolitan peasant and... Continue Reading →

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