Flash Fiction Friday: The Lady Tiger

Julian Fiennes woke up next to a tiger, a Siberian tiger to be exact. Mr. Fiennes was known to be very fond of tigers. Ever since he had first stumbled upon a breathtaking watercolor illustration in one of his father’s great leather-bound books, he had devoted his life to learning all there was to know... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction Friday: Concerning Cancer of the Shark & Other Miscellaneous Maladies

I. Sharks can, in fact, suffer from cancer. This fact is of some importance considering that a large number of people have, apparently, come under the impression that sharks cannot get cancer. The impression that sharks do not get cancer came, oddly enough, from a book entitled “Sharks Don’t Get Cancer,” which would seem to... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction Friday: Proof of Life

The combined research team stared down at the object in question with varying degrees of shock. The initial excitement, and in the case of one junior technician a full-blown panic attack, had finally subsided. The first garbled message had been sent Home, but it would be weeks before they received a reply. In the meantime,... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction Friday: The Star Liner

They built her out of the most durable materials known to man. Her hull was thick enough to withstand a meteor bombardment, and she was filled with the most advanced technology and most decedent luxuries that money could buy. They didn't name her the Titanic. That would have been silly. She first spread her solar... 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 →

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 →

Quozl by Alan Dean Foster: Book Review

First published in 1989 and recently released in a new edition, Alan Dean Foster's Quozl is the comic tale of a race of extraterrestrial rabbits who intend to colonize the third planet from the sun, only to discover it is already occupied, by humans. Foster spends a good portion of the novel developing the Quozl... Continue Reading →

Werewoman by Piers Anthony

Piers Anthony's WereWoman is a tongue-in-cheek fantasy noir romp, filled with Witches, Demons, Weres, Ghosts and Zombies. Anthony has a light comic touch and a strong command of the genres and world he has created. Philomen is a PI—newly licensed and fresh out of school. He is also a shape changing Were with an unusual... Continue Reading →

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes

  I have a weakness for amusingly loquacious titles and Drew Hayes' The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant certainly qualifies. The novel follows the misadventures of Fredrick Frankford Fletcher, a timid twentysomething accountant who, as the title suggests, finds himself turned into a vampire. Fred increasingly finds himself forced into... Continue Reading →

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