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DEEDS OF HONOR: Paksenarrion World Chronicles by Elizabeth Moon

th_b_moon_deedsofhonor Elizabeth Moon has been a published writer for more than 25 years, her first novel which introduced Paksenarrion – Sheepfarmer’s Daughter – published in 1989 and she’s never looked back. Over those years she’s published a significant amount of short fiction, enough to fill multiple volumes...
   

The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. LeGuin

word_for_world_is_forest small The Word for World Is Forest is an unusual addition to the  Gollancz SF Masterworks series, yet a terrific one. Being little more than 100 pages (and that includes a three-page Introduction by Ken MacLeod and a six page Introduction by the author herself) it was the winner of the Hugo Award in 1973...

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

the-long-way The result of a successful Kickstarter campaign, and self-published in 2014, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers has received a fair amount of buzz after it was short-listed in the ‘best debut’ category for the Kitchies this year. It has since gone on to find a traditional...
   

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

17928887 The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi is the writer’s second science fiction novel for adults, after a slew of young adult novels, and his first since the Hugo and Nebula Award winning debut The Windup Girl in 2009. It is a book I’ve been looking forward to for some time and one which does...

THE GRACE OF KINGS by Ken Liu (Book One of the Dandelion Dynasty)

th_b_Liu_TheGraceOfKings Few debut novels come loaded with as many high expectations as does Ken Liu’s The Grace of Kings. For starters, Ken Liu is the first writer to receive the “Triple Crown” of genre awards (Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy Award) for a single story, “The Paper Menagerie.” Furthermore, Liu received...
   

Michael Moorcock Library Vol 1: Elric of Melnibone

comics-the-michael-moorcock-library-elric-of-melnibone-01 There is a bit of a Moorcock / Elric revival going on at Titan Books at the moment. To add to the two volumes of the new graphic novel version (The Ruby Throne, review HERE and Stormbringer, review HERE) we have this older version of Michael Moorcock’s most famous literary creation. So, to be clear,...

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

71yaTpRiJgL How do I start to explain what the new book, The Buried Giant, by British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro is? Yes, it’s an Arthurian fantasy. Undoubtedly, it’s exquisitely written in Man Booker prize winner Ishiguro’s trademark controlled and elegant prose. And of course there are the peripheral...
   

THE THORN OF DENTONHILL by Marshall Ryan Maresca

th_b_maresca_thornofdentonhill Marshall Ryan Maresca’s debut, The Thorn of Dentonhill, is one of the first novels to be published which was workshopped in the Book Country online writer’s community. The novel takes place in a city with both a magical university and dark streets populated by gangs and crime lords. Though set in...

Starborn by Lucy Hounsom

starborn small Kyndra’s fate holds betrayal and salvation, but the journey starts in her small village. On the day she comes of age, she accidentally disrupts an ancient ceremony, ending centuries of tradition. So when an unnatural storm targets her superstitious community, Kyndra is blamed. She fears for her...
   

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (Translated by Ken Liu)

Cover art by Stephan Martiniere When a global author makes his or her US debut, there is usually a great deal of preamble. In the case of Cixin Liu, the arrival of The Three-Body Problem was preceded with much fanfare. The novel and the author are recognized in China on the same level that writers like Arthur C. Clarke are recognized...

Elric Vol. 2 – Stormbringer

ELRICv2Cover.jpg.size-600 Back in September 2014 I reviewed Volume 1 of this series, The Ruby Throne (Review HERE) which introduced us to a new graphic novel version of Michael Moorcock’s most famous literary creation. This series is the retelling of Mike Moorcock’s famous Elric books through the graphic medium, the story...
   

The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord

TheGalaxyGame-Large The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord is the sequel to the Barbadian writer’s 2013 science fiction novel, The Best of All Possible Worlds. This is Lord’s third novel overall, in what has been, thus far, a relatively short career, yet one that has already seen much praise directed towards the writer,...

Gemini Cell by Myke Cole (A Shadow OPS Novel)

Cover Art by Larry Rostant Gemini Cell is Myke Cole’s fourth novel and is set in the same milieu as his previous three Shadow OPS novels, but is completely separate from those novels in terms of characters, timeframe, and storyline. In other words, this is the perfect entry point for new readers. In it, Myke introduces readers...
   

The Eternity Quartet

eternity_quartet Nila samples The Eternity Quartet’s spring with Seizing the Torch and An Evil Wind. The Eternity Quartet: Seizing the Torch and An Evil Wind by Ed Greenwood and Robert B. Marks Review copies provided by author(s) Published February 15, 2015 and March 15, 2015 (respectively) Review by N. E. White. I...

The Devil’s Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth

Devils detective Reading this one, I was tempted to imagine how its sales pitch went. “It’s a detective story, set in Hell – you know, the opposite of Heaven.” For it must be said that The Devil’s Detective is certainly original in that respect. To this world we are introduced to Fool, occasionally named Thomas,...
   

The Whispering Swarm (Book One of The Sanctuary of the White Friars) by Michael Moorcock

Jacket art by Ross MacDonlad I consider Michael Moorcock one of the yawning chasms in my genre reading. I have read smatterings of Elric, smidgeons of Hawkmoon, a bit of Jerry Cornelius, and Mother London. It is possible that, were I a devotee to the man recognised to be one of the Grand Masters of Science Fiction, I might have...

The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett (Demon Cycle #4)

th_b_brett_theskullthroneus Readers were left hanging on a cliff – literally – at the end of The Daylight War, the third installment of Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle sequence.  Some would call that a rude thing to do to readers, others might call it a bold thing for a writer to do. Regardless of what you call it, Brett picks...
   

Persona by Genevieve Valentine

th_b_valentine_Persona In the near future, diplomats are Faces and their handlers do much of the moving and shaking. In Genevieve Valentine’s fast paced novel Persona, Suyana Sapaki is that “Face” who represents the United Amazonian Rainforest Confederation collective of nations in the International Assembly (presumably...

A Darker Shade of Magic by V E Schwab

UK cover UK cover The latest book by rising star V E Schwab is one that begins with a wonderful concept. In a universe of multiverses, we have Antari – Travellers – who can, with the aid of magic (and a little blood), travel between them. For some reason, for our characters this seems to be based around...
   

Something Coming Through by Paul McAuley

9781473203938 In 2013, Paul McAuley completed The Quiet War sequence, one of the major hard science fiction series of the last decade. Something Coming Through, set in the same milieu as a recent slew of short stories, marks not only a new series of novels, but also a clear change in tone and direction. Whereas The...
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