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...
   

An Unwelcome Quest by Scott Meyer (Magic 2.0 #3)

an-unwelcome-quest An Unwelcome Quest (Magic 2.0 #3) by Scott Meyer sees us return to the medieval world of wizard geeks who use their computer smarts to bend reality to their wishes by use of the file. But not all is well, for Todd has gained access once again to a computer, and revenge is in his mind… From the publisher: Ever...

Crown of Renewal (Paladin’s Legacy #5) by Elizabeth Moon

Cover art by Paul Youll After four books in The Paladin’s Legacy series, Elizabeth Moon brings the storyline to close in the fifth and final novel in the series, Crown of Renewal.  Moon not only brings together the storylines first introduced and she began to unravel in Oath of Fealty, the first of this five book series,...
   

Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

20499240 Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch Kindle Edition Published November 2014 Review by N. E. White. Foxglove Summer is the fifth book in the Peter Grant series written by Ben Aaronovitch. Unlike the previous four novels set in London proper, this tale takes us to the English countryside where we get to...

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

half-the-world-by-abercrombie We start Half the World with a slight disjunction, in that rather than take up exactly where we left Prince Yarvi of Gettland in Half A King, we begin with two new young characters, Thorn and Brand. Sixteen year old Thorn (Hild) Bathu is a teenage girl, desperate to follow in her dead father’s footsteps...
   

The Peripheral by William Gibson

the peripheral The Peripheral, William Gibson’s latest book, is the noir prophet of cyberpunk’s version of a time travel novel. However, it is a distinctly Gibsonian concept of time travel presented in this book, used as way to explore how the past and the present, the present and the future, are in constant conversation....

No Life But This by Anna Sheehan

no-life-but-this No Life But This by Anna Sheehan is a stand-alone sequel to her 2011 novel, A Long, Long Sleep (review). When I read that novel upon its release I was surprised to find such an intimate and emotional story, one that pulled me in and completely captivated me with the writing and characters. Seeing that...
   

Impulse by Dave Bara (Lightship Chronicles #1)

Cover Art by Stephan Martiniere Military Science Fiction and Space Opera are practically kissing cousins in the Science Fiction branch of the Speculative Fiction tree. A good deal of Military SF takes place in the dark, vastness of space giving credence to this relationship.  These two ‘cousins’ intersect in Impulse, Dave Bara’s...

The Boy Who Wept Blood by Den Patrick

Boy Who Wept Blood small In Book Two of The Erebus Sequence we return to the world of Landfall and the castle of Demesne. Nine years after the events of The Boy With A Porcelain Blade we are a wiser reader, now knowing that the King’s reign was a time of horror and almost mystical wonders. Lucien, the ‘Boy’ (or Orfano)...
   

Wolves by Simon Ings

simon-ings-wolves small Wolves is a novel set in the near future that deftly explores the disjunct between perception and reality. Failures in perception pierce the Simon Ings’ narrative like shards of glass. It is through the prism of these shards that we glimpse a near future world start to wash away under the waves.  The...

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Cover Art by Cynthia Sheppard Elizabeth Bear is one of the more prolific writers in Science Fiction and Fantasy, penning stories across the wide landscape of the genre. In Karen Memory, she tells the story of a “seamstress” in the Pacific Northwest of the 19th Century, though it is not quite the 1800s we know. Mind readers, robots...
   

Farside by Ben Bova

Farside Bova It’s been a while since I read, never mind reviewed, any of Dr. Bova’s novels. In fact, the last one I reviewed was the Ben Gunn anthology, The Sam Gunn Omnibus (2007) back in, erm… 2007. So what do we have here, eight years on? For those who don’t know, for over two decades Ben has been...
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