Book Review: Red by J.B. Wise

My latest #GreatIndieRe­view­Pro­ject book is Red by J.B. Wise. Taking char­ac­ters from classic fairy tales (in this case Red Riding Hood), bringing them to the present day and giving them a para­normal spin is a concept that is rife with poten­tial. I see glim­mers of that poten­tial in Red but some­times the execu­tion gets in … Continue reading Book Review: Red by J.B. Wise

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Weekly Free Fiction Roundup — March 28th 2015

There’s a lot of high quality fiction avail­able on the internet these days. So much that it’s hard to keep up with it, never mind read it all. Each week I publish a roundup of science fiction, fantasy or horror stories that I’ve read and think are worth a few minutes of your time. Below … Continue reading Weekly Free Fiction Roundup — March 28th 2015

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Dragon Hoard Part 7: Gluttony

I watched in growing horror as Lee Anne crammed more and more food into her mouth. Grease drib­bled down her face and some of the food fell to the floor but she was pushing an impos­sible amount into her mouth and she swal­lowed it without chewing. I shud­dered as a large mass of food made her throat bulge.  Her whole body seemed to be swollen and bloated I real­ized, growing at an impos­sible rate as she consumed her food. I reached out to stop her from taking another bite, but she pushed me away and bared her teeth at me, the smell of burgers, fries and fat strong on her breath.  My step back­ward was invol­un­tary, for a moment she seemed almost feral in her protec­tion of her food. Some­thing had to be done quickly though. What­ever the source of the magic it was harming Lee Anne and if things went much further they might be irreversible.

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Book Review: Hawkwood’s Voyage by Paul Kearney

This is part one of “The Monar­chies of God”. Presum­ably the tradi­tional fantasy trilogy. Which is appro­priate because this is a fairly tradi­tional fantasy story. No elves and dwarves though. Instead the author has plumped for some­thing closer to Europe in the middle-ages. The so called “Monar­chies of God” (a group of coun­tries) are being invaded by the heathen Murduks. And they’re losing. Their most holy city has been sacked yet they wrangle amongst themselves.

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Fiction: Douglas Brodie — Meeting the PMSA

Perhaps the new members of our little group would like to take this oppor­tu­nity to intro­duce them­selves.” The speaker, a man so tanned I thought I could see the skin cancer forming, shot me a tv smile. Everyone else stared too.

It’s awkward when you meet people for the first time. Even more so if your intro­duc­tion to them is to correct a mistake they have made. In telling the bearded and bespec­ta­cled man, whose name now escapes me, that he shouldn’t continue his exper­i­ments with pentag­onal summoning matrixes my aim was to keep him alive. I also hoped to avoid unleashing the hoards of a demon plane on our world, but that was more of a secondary goal.

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Book Review: The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton

This is a very BIG story. I don’t just mean this (1225 page) book either since its part one of The Night’s Dawn Trilogy. I don’t just mean the trilogy is big either. The scope of the story is huge. The number of char­ac­ters involved is large and the ideas aren’t exactly small either. [amazon template=image&asin=0316021806] Its hard to summarise a book of this size and nature. There are a number of plot threads running throughout the book. Only one of them could really be described as resolved by the time you read the last page.

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Book Review: Fated by Benedict Jacka

It’s fair to say that Fated, the first book in Bene­dict Jacka’s Alex Verus series had a lot in common with a certain Chicago based mage.  It’s a simi­larity that Jacka even acknowl­edges with an in story refer­ence.  I’m sure there are people who will dismiss the series as a cheap copy based just on a handful of familiar elements. And that would be a shame because while it is hard not to make compar­isons early on (raised by a dark mage… check!) Alex Verus is not Harry Dresden. Both his powers and his char­acter are different. This is some­thing that becomes increas­ingly obvious as the book progresses.

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