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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...
   

The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato

th_b_cato_clockworkdagger The Clockwork Dagger is Beth Cato’s debut novel and as the title may lead you to believe, it is very much a steampunk story.  The story features a gifted healer, a hidden princess, goblins, a mysterious man with a mechanical leg, a war, and much, much more. The protagonist, Octavia Leander, is a medician...

Joe Steele by Harry Turtledove

joe steele Over the past twenty years or so Harry Turtledove has established himself as a major creator of alternate history novels. Joe Steele is his latest: a tale of politicians dating from 1930’s America until the 1950’s. The titular character, Joe Steele, is an imagined one for the novel, although being...
   

The Just City by Jo Walton

22055276 The Just City by Jo Walton is a typically unique novel by an author who has become one of the major names in genre writing, combining science fiction with elements from Classical Greek literature and mythology. Walton is a Welsh-Canadian writer who has worked across both science fiction and fantasy genres,...

Fire with Fire by Charles Gannon

Cover Art by Sam Kennedy Set about 100 years in the future, Charles E. Gannon’s debut novel Fire with Fire is many things: first contact novel, military/conspiracy thriller, and political thriller. All of what the novel is falls on the shoulders of the protagonist Caine Riordan. He is an intelligence analyst/political operative...
   

Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz

21965714 Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz is an urban fantasy with a number of unique elements that should make it flare brightly in a crowded subgenre. While this is his first novel, since attending Clarion Writer’s Workshop in 2008 Steinmetz has published a number of short stories in various periodicals and online...

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

the-invisible-library The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman is a debut released by Tor UK in January, and is pitched as ‘Doctor Who with librarian spies’. Suffice to say that this in itself was enough for me to pick up the book, not to mention the enthusiasm of the publisher and that many a reviewer were singing its...
   

Iron Dragon’s Daughter by Michael Swanwick

534875 Nila descends into the belly of Michael Swanwick’s beast: The Iron Dragon’s Daughter. The Iron Dragon’s Daughter by Michael Swanwick Paperback Published September 1997 (originally published January 1993) Review by N. E. White. One of my goals this year is to read more widely. And to me, that means...

Sleeping Late on Judgement Day (Bobby Dollar #3) by Tad Williams

th_b_williams_judgmentday As Sleeping Late on Judgement Day, the third Bobby Dollar novel, begins, the one-time advocate finds himself on trial arguing for his soul, as we know from previous novels: The Dirty Streets of Heaven and Happy Hour in Hell. Bobby is a cynic and hasn’t always fallen in line, at least philosophically,...
   

Macaque Attack by Gareth L Powell

macaque-attack-cover “I’m happy as long as I get to wreck stuff and hurt people.” Macaque Attack is the concluding volume in Gareth L Powell’s Macaque Trilogy. The first novel, Ack-Ack Macaque (review), was the joint recipient of the BSFA award for best novel in 2013, while its sequel, Hive Monkey (review),...

Touch by Claire North

22314178 Touch by Claire North is a contemporary fantasy thriller and the British author’s second novel writing under this pseudonym. Under her real name, Catherine Webb has published eight young adult novels, the first of which was written when she was fourteen years old. As Kate Griffin, she has published...
   

Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers #1) by Rachel Aaron

RachelAaron-NiceDragonsFinishLast Rachel Aaron (and Rachel Bach, for that matter) has a well-deserved reputation with a fun and popular Sword and Sorcery series, Eli Monpress under her Aaron name and the Paradox trilogy under her Bach name.  Not content with spinning fun, fast paced tales in two sub genres of Speculative Fiction, she...

The Mechanical (Book One of The Alchemy Wars) by Ian Tregillis

MGear-2 The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis is the first book in the author’s new trilogy The Alchemy Wars. It is a book that belies easy genre classification, spanning fantasy, alternative history, and steampunk subgenres. The author’s fifth novel overall, following on the heels of the well-received Milkweed...
   

Willful Child by Steven Erikson

willful-child Willful Child is the latest novel by Steven Erikson, an author famous for his fantasy epic, The Malazan Book of the Fallen. This novel, however, is about as far from that series as you can get: it’s comedic sci-fi that pokes fun at the genre. Specifically, it uses Star Trek: The Original Series as...

When We Wake by Karen Healey

when we wake When We Wake by Karen Healey is a young adult science fiction novel first published in Australia in 2013 and was, at the time, the author’s third book. I first heard of When We Wake when Sean Williams recommended it on Episode 203 of the Coode Street Podcast as an Australian science fiction book people...
   

The Providence of Fire (A Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne) by Brian Staveley

Cover Art by Richard Anderson What is the job of a sequel or second book in a series?  Its job is to essentially do more of the same, but bigger and better as well as expand the story.  Brian Staveley attempts these things (and more) in The Providence of Fire, the second book in his Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne series. Staveley...

The Blood Red City by Justin Richards

Blood red city small This is a book I picked up almost immediately after reading the first book in the series, The Suicide Exhibition (review here.) In Book 1 I said that we were just beginning to see the opening moves of the alien Vril against the human race in 1941. Here in The Blood Red City, the focus widens to encompass...
   

Clade by James Bradley

clade There is a good reason that bees feature prominently on the cover of Clade by James Bradley, the Australian author’s latest impressive foray into literary science fiction. Firstly, it is easy to explain the structure of the book as a honeycomb, each chapter a self-contained cell forming part of the...
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