Book Review: The Thief’s Gamble by Juliet E. McKenna

This review was orig­i­nally written in September 2000 and is being reposted here as part of a project to get all my reviews hosted in one place. This, you won’t be surprised to discover, is a fantasy novel. It’s also “The First Tale of Einarinn” although quite what that means isn’t clear. It might be inter­con­nected stories … Continue reading Book Review: The Thief’s Gamble by Juliet E. McKenna

Book Review: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

This book defies genre conven­tions in a number of ways.  It does feature a young man who turns out to be crit­i­cally impor­tant to the future of a fantasy land. But the thing is that Maia, the epony­mous Goblin Emperor is not special. In fact he is excep­tional in his ordi­nar­i­ness. The story is also strangely lacking in … Continue reading Book Review: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

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 the way. It’s worth … Continue reading Book Review: Red by J.B. Wise

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 and in no partic­ular order … Continue reading Weekly Free Fiction Roundup — March 28th 2015

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 … Continue reading Book Review: Hawkwood’s Voyage by Paul Kearney

Fiction: Douglas Brodie — Meeting the PMSA

The following scene was written exclu­sively for members of my mailing list (see the form at the bottom of the page). It intro­duces the Para­normal, Mystical and Spir­i­tual Asso­ci­a­tion, an orga­ni­za­tion that will play a role in future stories. The first couple of para­graphs are visible but reading the rest of the scene requires a pass­word which mailing … Continue reading Fiction: Douglas Brodie — Meeting the PMSA

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. Its hard to summarise … Continue reading Book Review: The Reality Dysfunc­tion by Peter F. Hamilton

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 … Continue reading Book Review: Fated by Bene­dict Jacka

Weekly Free Fiction Roundup — March 21st 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 and in no partic­ular order … Continue reading Weekly Free Fiction Roundup — March 21st 2015

Book Review: Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds

GoodReads recom­men­da­tion engine has been suggesting Alas­tair Reynold’s Reve­la­tion Space to me for a couple of years now and it’s not hard to see why, after all it’s epic scaled science fiction written by a British author, and that is kind of my thing. Well it finally made it to the top of my to read pile and … Continue reading Book Review: Reve­la­tion Space by Alas­tair Reynolds

Book Review: Foundation’s Fear by Gregory Benford

I approached this book with consid­er­able trep­i­da­tion. I’m a big fan of Asimov’s orig­inal Foun­da­tion Trilogy but was not overly impressed by his later addi­tions to the series like Foundation’s Edge where he attempted to tie the Foun­da­tion stories in with his robot stories. So, knowing that this book took place prior to the setting up … Continue reading Book Review: Foundation’s Fear by Gregory Benford

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