Fleet of Worlds by Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner | Book Review

“Fleet of Worlds” is part of Larry Niven’s Known Space future history best known as the setting of the Ringworld books. However, while it utilizes characters and settings from other Known Space books, extensive knowledge of Known Space isn’t essential to understanding the book. The book does contain a number of other nods to other […]

The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall | Book Review

Some reviewers have been comparing The Raw Shark Texts to the movie Memento. It’s a largely uninspired comparison based solely on the fact that both protagonists share some form of memory loss. But it’s a superficial comparison at best and probably only lasts for the first 30 pages or so. Since the Raw Shark Texts […]

Scalped: Indian Country | Review

Indian Country collects the first five issues of the monthly series Scalped. The art in Scalped is very good. Offering up shadows with hidden depths at times and bright, clear and detailed panel at others that may represent the duality of the story. Perhaps indicative of the pervasive skin tones of the characters or just […]

Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb | Book Review

The first volume in the Liveship Traders trilogy. In this trilogy Hobb returns to the realm of the Elderlings where her hugely successful Farseer trilogy is set. Anyone expecting a return to the Six Duchies and Fitz is in for a surprise though. Except for the world the trilogies are very much different. Although they […]

Shakedown by Charlie Stella | Book Review

Hello fellow, potential and future crime fiction readers, I think that an introduction may be in order. I’d like you to meet Charlie Stella. Mr. Stella here is a friend of ours and also happens to be the best-kept secret in crime fiction. His first four novels, Eddies World, Jimmy Bench-Press, Charlie Opera & Cheapskates […]

The Art Director | an Irene Gallo interview

I was finally able to get in touch with Irene, as she has a very busy schedule. This interview was all prompted from meeting Irene at last year’s New York Comic Con where I think I interrupted her lunch. Being the courteous person that I am, I figured I would let her finish lunch and […]

New Spring: The Novel by Robert Jordan | Book Review

On September 16th, 2007, Robert Jordan, one of the giants of epic fantasy, left us. The biographies in the back of his books said that he intended to write until they nailed shut his coffin, and from what I can tell from his blog that is exactly what he did. Despite that, he left the […]

Unnatural History by Jonathan Green | Book Review

Unnatural History is the first book in the Pax Brittannia series, written by Jonathan Green. The story is set in 1997 in an alternate universe, steampunk era London. In this universe the British Empire has continued to flourish under Queen Victoria, now in her 160th year of rule. The Magna Britannia Empire now controls two-thirds […]

Campaign Cartographer 3 | Review

  Do you have what it takes to create your own world? I came across this gem of a program while doing some research work on the web, sometimes it pays to be lucky.  After talking to the fine folks over at ProFantasy Software LTD I was able to obtain a review copy of Campaign […]

Night of Knives by Ian Cameron Esslemont | Book Review

A novel of the Malazan empire by Steven Erikson’s partner in crime Ian C. Esslemont. Originally developed for use in roleplaying games, Esslemont and Erikson developed the world of the Malazan empire together and later agreed to each write certain parts of the story. Night of Knives is the first of 5 (some sources say […]

Shadowstorm by Paul S. Kemp | Book Review

Shadowstorm is the second release in Paul S. Kemp’s Twilight War Trilogy. It delivers the reader right back into the chaos that was brought to us by the first book, Shadowbred. In doing so, Kemp was able to sustain the A Song of Ice and Fire type presentation of multiple point-of-views, and, like George R. […]

1610: A Sundial in a Grave by Mary Gentle | Book Review

In 1610: A Sundial in a Grave Gentle mixes history and fiction into something that is not quite a historical novel and not quite historical fantasy. I am not completely familiar with Gentle’s oeuvre but I was very much impressed by Ash – A Secret History, a novel in which she uses the same techniques, […]

The Shotgun Rule by Charlie Huston |Book Review

Over the course of his brief career Huston has very quickly become one of the top crime fiction writers. One of the things that is the most impressive about Huston’s career so far is that he appears to be getting stronger with every new book. In The Shotgun Rule, his first stand alone thriller, Huston […]