The Sunken by S.C. Green

 S.C. Green's The Sunken is a steampunk-infused alternate history novel populated by metal men, dinosaurs, cannibals, dystopia, and a sprinkling of history. It makes for a fun filled romp that mixes and matches history and genre with infectious abandon and gleeful confidence. Set in an 1830s London very different from our own, it follows four young... Continue Reading →

Rooms by Lauren Oliver

  Lauren Oliver's Rooms is an intriguing chamber piece. It has all the successful ingredients for a proper ghost story—an isolated setting, a small cast of characters, family secrets, and even an inventive conception of ghosts. Set in an old, ramshackle house following the death of the owner, Richard Walker, the novel follows five central... Continue Reading →

Pivot by L.C. Barlow

L.C. Barlow's Pivot is a surprisingly thoughtful and emotionally rich horror novel. As a child, Jack Harper was taken by Cyrus, a mysterious man with great powers and the ability to bring back the dead. Jack is indoctrinated into his cult, granted powers of his own and taught to kill. A murderer, thief, and addict,... Continue Reading →

London Falling by Paul Cornell

Paul Cornell's London Falling is a headfirst dive into urban fantasy. Recently this has been a genre dominated by noir and hardboiled detective influences. The Dresden Files is probably the primary and most successful example. Cornell has taken a slightly different tactic, wedding urban fantasy to a gritty cop drama. The result feels surprisingly fresh... Continue Reading →

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

Grady Hendrix's Horrorstor is a good old-fashioned haunted house story. This is, on the surface, an odd observation to make of a novel formatted like a retail catalogue, and set in Orsk, a furniture store with more than a passing resemblance to Ikea. Hendrix has a great deal of fun with the concept. Each chapter... Continue Reading →

Krabat by Otfried Preussler

First published in 1971, Preussler's Krabat is a retelling of a Wendish fairy tale. Translated from German by Anthea Bell, the novel follows the titular character in 18th century Saxony as he is lured to a strange mill and inducted into a Black School of sorcery under the miller. Thankful for a roof over his... Continue Reading →

Infinite Science Fiction One by Dany G. Zuwen

As with any short story anthology, Infinite Science Fiction One is a solid if variable collection of science fiction stories from around the world. Zuwen has pulled together a number of different authors and ideas of varying lengths and quality. Of the fifteen stories there were five standouts—Tin Soul by Elizabeth Bannon; Slow by Jay... Continue Reading →

Willful Child by Steven Erikson

Steven Erikson's Willful Child wears its influences boldly on its sleeve. Captain Hadrian Sawback is the youngest captain in the fleet. He solved the nearly insolvable Mishmash Paradox by cheating, and the Admiralty is determined to prove it. In the meantime Captain Sawback has command of the ASF Willful Child on its maiden voyage. Hotheaded... Continue Reading →

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