The Bitter Twins – Review

A return to Sarn with more fleshed out characters and world, Jen William’s brilliant humour and imagination, and the building blocks in place for an exciting finale When I wrote my review for The Ninth Rain, I asked readers who prefer fast paced books to stick with it as it begins slowly but heats upContinue reading “The Bitter Twins – Review”

Do you think too much about your reviews?

A short look at keeping reviewing fun! It’s bullet point mania here. Are you guilty of any of the following? Making sure you write enough in your review to prove you’ve read the book. Forcing yourself to finish a book you aren’t enjoying because you’ve already spent time reading it. Above, but so you canContinue reading “Do you think too much about your reviews?”

Neon Leviathan – Review

Author: T. R. Napper Pages: 358 Publisher: Grimdark Magazine, Feb/March 2020 Synopsis A collection of stories about the outsiders – the criminals, the soldiers, the addicts, the mathematicians, the gamblers and the cage fighters, the refugees and the rebels. From the battlefield to alternate realities to the mean streets of the dark city, we walkContinue reading “Neon Leviathan – Review”

An Interview with Deck Matthews!

I’m thrilled to welcome Deck Matthews, author of the Riven Realm series aswell as Varkas chronicles, both set within his wider world of Varkas! I gave The First of Shadows 5 stars, if you’d like to read the review! Social Twitter: @varkaschronicle Facebook: Varkas Chronicles Instagram: @varkaschronicle Website: VarkasChronicles.com Hi Deck! It’s great to beContinue reading “An Interview with Deck Matthews!”

Review of the novelette, Bloodchild – Octavia E.Butler

Publisher: Headline This review does contain potential spoilers Synopsis: Years ago a group known as the Terrans left Earth in search of a life free of persecution. Now they live alongside the Tlic, an alien race who face extinction; their only chance of survival is to plant their larvae inside the bodies of the humans.Continue reading “Review of the novelette, Bloodchild – Octavia E.Butler”

The First of Shadows – Review

The worldbuilding, characterisation and intrigue of a full novel packed into less than 200 pages. The perfect shorter fantasy read. Author: Deck Matthews Pages: 159 Publication: Self Published, January 2019 Synopsis How do you kill a shadow? As a raging storm descends on the Blasted Coast, the crippled young rigger, Caleb Rusk, meets a strangerContinue reading “The First of Shadows – Review”

This Is How You Lose The Time War – Review

Authors: Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone Pages: 209 Publication: Jo Fletcher Books, 16th July 2019 Synopsis Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading.Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, whatContinue reading “This Is How You Lose The Time War – Review”

10 Fantasy and Science Fiction Standalone Novels to read in-between series.

Most people love a good series to get lost in, but sometimes it can just be a bit much. You need a break and to enjoy a story that’s all wrapped up within the space of one book. Here are 10 standalone suggestions for when you next feel daunted by the thought of a newContinue reading “10 Fantasy and Science Fiction Standalone Novels to read in-between series.”