25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf
A brilliantly modern take on the werewolf slayer trope where a growing, changing character discovers that the real predators are usually the men in her life.
There's much more to this book than how Elkie kills werewolves and works out where they're coming from. Her relationships change, she finds out what she's capable of, not just killing 'furred-up' beasts, but farming, rescuing, growing.
A Bagful of Dragon
I proofread this book for the author, thinking it wouldn't be my kind of thing, but I LOVED IT! Loads of fun, really creepy in parts and full of magic and danger.
Set in Leeds, it includes references to actual magical practices and Yorkshire's thriving magic sub-culture.
A great, fast-paced story with a strong 'Do It Herself' female lead. Can't wait to proof read the sequel.
A Taste of Honey
The beauty of the prose is only matched by the imagination behind the world-building. This novella, while short, breaks my heart, reforms it, and breaks it once more.
While the writing itself might not be to everyone's tastes, you cannot deny its beauty. Each sentence is carved and crafted, each paragraph moulded into art.
Reading Kai Ashante Wilson's work is an experience not to be missed.
Anoka: A Collection of Indigenous Horror
A fantastic collection of gut-wrenching tales.
The imagery will stay with you, as will the depth to which Shane Hawk is willing and able to explore his indigenous Cheyenne and Arapaho heritage. Crafting tales that provide a refreshing point-of-view and unique imagery that get into your brain and writhe behind your eyes.
Can't wait to read a longer work by the author. Need more!
Arachne is an unique entry in the cyberpunk genre. It steps between the dystopia of William Gibson and the otherworldliness of Phillip K. Dick.
Full of 'almost' body-horror, corporations so mega that they transact court cases in nanoseconds, and AI characters with more spiritualism in their circuits than the humans that inhabit this post Big-One San Francisco.
A must-read for cyberpunk fans!
Gaie Sebold has created such a rich universe of worlds and characters in her Babylon Steel novels, that you can't help finding something to enjoy.
For me the two books have been a complete blast and I can't wait for the third... when it arrives.
They are FUN! That's not to say there's no emotion, pathos, danger and risk in them. Not at all.
An absolute riot of multi-world fantasy fiction.
Absolutely loved this occult murder mystery novella!
It's so much fun! It's fast-paced, has tonnes of likeable characters, some f/f smoochieness, magic, demons, and vampires. And while it's the start of a series, it has a complete story of its own - ensuring you get a nice neat-ish ending at the same time as teasing more adventures to come.
Will definitely read this series!
Coeur d'Alene Waters
Filled with flawed characters, a corrupt police force, bought and manipulated by a wealthy local family; it's a rich background to the main tale of redemption, coming to terms and moving on.
Slow in parts, it is however, a worthwhile read in itself, serving as an insight into the mining communities of the region and their demise as a local industry and employer.
Crime fiction is a genre I rarely venture into, but Ruth Sutton's Cumbria-set series may be my gateway.
The story nips along at a nice pace, providing plenty of information while avoiding info-dumps. The characters are likeable in their own ways and the late 60s setting is nicely done, especially the insight into the Cumbrian coastal region of that period.
I can't wait to start the sequel.
Europe in Autumn
Europe in Autumn, Europe at Midnight and Europe in Winter by Dave Hutchinson, combine a believable and prescient view of a soon-to-be Europe with a strange, almost fantastical twist.
It reminds me in part of China Miéville's The City and the City, while also showing flashes of William Gibson's Pattern Recognition, with its "technocultural future-present" setting.
All three are great reads!
Even When the World Has Told Us We Have Ended
If you haven't read any of Cat Hellisen's books before, read this first.
A beautifully crafted tale. Otherwordly, sinister, near-horror, it has sides and edges I couldn't grasp, as my eyes slid off them, unable to focus while it slowly insinuated its pages, paragraphs, sentences, words, and letters into my brain.
A MUST READ, and it will only be the beginning of your journey!
Fermi's Progress 1: Dyson's Fear
This book got me hooked!
It delivers hard science fiction, pathos, beautifully dark comedy, a dig at every lazy sci-fi trope in existence, plenty of laughs, and is simply a must-read.
You know what you're getting into from the clever book titles. The humour is Jonathan Swift meets Red Dwarf. And the science is terrifyingly accurate...
FIYAH - Issue One [EPUB]
I was expecting to be impressed. But instead I was STUNNED!
FIYAH Literary Magazine is an essential work. While the included stories can all be considered speculative fiction, the breadth of ideas is astounding.
It's all finished off with a nice sample of a self-published work. A great idea.
If the subsequent issues are half as good as this first one, you should definitely subscribe.
A really fun read, with more depth and suspense than you might expect.
A parallel world, murder, a seemingly-sleepy village hiding deadly secrets.
A surprise hit with me, this is the first on a series that I really want to get back to.
A beautiful, contemplative journey.
It's hard to slot Jaran into a genre. It's been called "anthropological science fiction", and that kind of fits. But it doesn't cover the ideas of wonder, nature, culture and love, found with a new people on a new world.
If you liked Rosemarie Kirstein's Steerswoman series, Jaran let's you explore and fall in love with another way of life all over again.
A fantastic and fantastical short tale that provides a much-needed respite from medieval-styled Western fantasy.
Written in a mythological format, Jiwe gives us a world of magic, gods, and the usual evils of man. Curses intended to redress balance and strong women working to save broken lives.
Kiko Enjani's work is sublime, and I can't wait to read her longer stories.
Llyfr Glas Nebo
Y llyfr Cymraeg cyntaf i fi ddarllen am sbel.
Ni'n byw mewn bwthyn lan yng Nghymbria. Y fi a'r wedjen, y ddwy gath a'r ci... a'n merch fach saith mis oed.
Fe ddinistriodd y llyfr 'ma fi.
Nofela tuag 40 mil o eiriau sy'n cynnwys llawer mwy na geiriau, na stori, nag emosiynau, na beth bynnag sy'n creu beth wi newydd orffen ddarllen.
Gobeithio fydd hwn ar silf lyfrau pawb.
An amazing story that more than fulfils my need for great world-building. Such a creative mix of the unrecognisable, beautiful prose, and an uncanny skill for weaving technology into mythology.
Memory is slow to build, but when it does, it does so steadily. As our characters explore the 'Ring of the World' we learn with them, understand with them and fight back with them.
A wonderful read.
Much Secret Sorrow: Guy of Gisborne 1
This book pulls you into a richly detailed 12th Century world of politicking lords, dangerous Welsh border raids and a likeable protagonist in the form of Guy of Maebury. A careful, steady feed of recognisable, but not yet legendary, characters tops it all off.
The slow build-up is worth it and does contribute to a much livelier, fuller world and more meaningful character motivations.
Night Calls - Sample Chapter
Well I certainly loved this sample!
Moved along at a nice pace. Plenty of events, but not rushed. Language, descriptions and sense of location & time seem spot-on. It's the first in a series too.
I'm intrigued and excited to read more. Just what a sample should do. And it's from Book View Cafe, so I know 90% my money will go to the author.
Off to buy the full book asap!