3001: The Final Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke | Book Review

The fourth and final part in Arthur C. Clarke’s Odyssey series was published in 1997. Almost 30 year after the first book, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The final book is set early in the 4th millennium and tells the story of humanity’s last encounter with the monoliths that seem to have influenced the evolution of […]

All the Windwracked Stars by Elizabeth Bear | Book Review

Elizabeth Bear has been quite prolific in the past few years. She is perhaps best know for her ambitious Promethean Age novels, the fourth of which appeared this summer. She’s written a number of other novels as well, two of which, Hammered and New Amsterdam, have been reviewed on Boomtron. Somehow she has managed to […]

Pride of Carthage by David Anthony Durham | Book Review

David Anthony Durham recently ventured into fantasy with his book Acacia: The War with the Mien, a novel which drew Jay’s attention. Before that he wrote a number of historical novels, making him a very interesting writer for someone who likes both fantasy and historical fiction (and hybrids thereof). Pride of Carthage tells the story […]

Starlady and Fast-Friend by George R.R. Martin | Book Review

In July Subterranean published this book containing two novelettes by George R.R. Martin. Both of these stories have been first published in 1976 so if you are hoping for new material I will have to disappoint you. Subterranean has chosen an interesting format to publish these stories though. They are presented in a similar fashion […]

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson | Book Review

The Hero of Ages concludes Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. I have recently read and reviewed the first two books and where I merely liked the Mistborn: The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension turned out to be an impressive epic fantasy novel. For The Hero of Ages I am somewhere in between. Sanderson has delivered a […]

Severance Package by Duane Swierczynski |Book Review

At a time when workers feel increasingly insecure about their positions with The Company Severance Package acts as a pretty savage critique of corporate culture. With a comic book feel and a throw the physics out the window off handed approach it takes the dog-eat-dog, crabs-in-a-barrel mentality of co-workers; the it’s hard to kiss ass […]

2061: Odyssey Three by Arthur C. Clarke | Book Review

Clarke’s third entry in the series that started with what probably is his best known work, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Like 2010: Odyssey Two, Clarke maintains that is is not a direct sequel, but rather a variation to a theme. One could argue that such a huge novel as 2001: A Space Odyssey doesn’t need […]

Reaper’s Gale by Steven Erikson | Book Review

The seventh book in Erikson’s Malazan series. Although quite a few of our regular reviewers like Erikson this hasn’t resulted in a lot of reviews of his books. I suspect the reason for that is because they are a pain to review. At least I think they are. The sheer size of his novels (some […]

The Given Day by Dennis Lehane |Book Review

For me historical fiction has two strengths, the ability to teach (in an entertaining way) about that era and to illustrate the cyclical nature of history by showing the parallels to the present, and the best examples of the form exhibit them both. Two recent examples that come to mind and that I’ve written about […]

The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia | Book Review

History as it is written is full of holes, of secrets and of omissions. The so-called “secret histories”, fictional or otherwise, are the stories of the forgotten and the suppressed, the stories of those who have been deprived of a voice to tell their version of the past. Ekatarina Sedia’s The Secret History of Moscow […]

Sly Mongoose by Tobias Buckell | Book Review

Sly Mongoose is the third novel of Tobias Buckell. It is part of the same future history as its predecessors Crystal Rain and Ragamuffin, but it is a self-contained story that can be read on its own. It has been decades since humanity rose up and overthrew their oppressors, the alien Satraps and their client […]

Jhegaala | a Steven Brust interview (2008)

Another repeat interviewee, we are joined by Steven Brust. Steven is well known for his Vlad Taltos series, one of my favorite Sword and Sorcery series to date.  Also, he is  one of my favorite people to interview as you always have to be on the lookout for the answers you may receive. So once, […]

Black Ships by Jo Graham | Book Review

Jo Graham embarks on an ambitious project with her debut Black Ships as she Graham reinterprets the story of The Aeneid, re-locating Prince Aeneas and his quest for a new homeland to the late Bronze Age of the Mediterranean world. While The Aeneid functions as the primary frame of reference for the narrative of Black […]

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson | Book Review

The Well of Ascension is the second book of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. I liked Mistborn: The Final Empire a lot, quite an improvement over Sanderson’s previous novel Elantris. In The Well of Ascension Sanderson manages to raise the level a bit further. Sanderson may well be on his way to delivering one of the […]

Jhegaala by Steven Brust | Book Review

Steven Brust brings us another tale of our hero Vlad Talos as he goes to the East to learn about his family in the town of Burz. Being the outgoing chap that he is, Vlad starts asking about the family Merss (his mother’s side of the family) in this industrial town that makes paper, and then all hell breaks loose in this three-sided conflict. Jhegaala is […]

Ash: A Secret History by Mary Gentle | Book Review

ASH – A Secret History can in many respects be regarded as Mary Gentle’s magnum opus, both in terms of volume (a whopping 1100 pages) and in terms of its ambition and scope. It is also a work of literature that is very difficult, if not impossible, to categorize. It is simultaneously historical fiction, alternate […]

Majestrum by Matthew Hughes | Book Review

The back jacket copy describes Majestrum by Matthew Hughes, as “Sherlock Holmes meets Jack Vance’s Dying Earth…” H-m-m-m-m. Let’s take a look. This first person narrative chronicles the latest adventures of Henghis Hapthorn, freelance discriminator. Hapthorn is assisted by his integrator, a sort of electronic Dr. Watson, in the broadest sense, who has been transformed […]

The Shadow Year by Jeffrey Ford |Book Review

Almost two years ago when I reviewed Ford’s collection The Empire of Ice Cream for Boomtron, I noted that Botch Town was my favorite of the bunch. It was something of a mystery story meshed with a coming of age story that had a feel of the “fantastic” about it. So when I began reading […]

NAOMI NOVIK and CHARLES ARDAI at THE EXPLORERS CLUB

Recently, I received a splashy invitation to the kind of event that a genre-bender like me can’t refuse.  The location of the festivities was the Explorers Club on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.  I couldn’t wait to see the headquarters of the organization “promoting exploration and field sciences since 1904.”  The facilities are gloriously appointed, outfitted […]

Pump Six and Other Stories by | Book Review

I recently read the story The People of Sand and Slag in the anthology Wastelands: stories of the Apocalypse and I thought it was one of the highlights of that collection. Bacigalupi is one of the two authors in that collection I decided to read more material of in the not too distant future (the […]

Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds | Book Review

The first book of the Revelation Space series by Alastair Reynolds and his début novel. It’s also the first book I have read by this author and I must say I am impressed. Not that the book is flawless but there is a lot of potential here. I understand the author was still working at […]

2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke | Book Review

After maintaining for years that a sequel to the SF-classic 2001: A Space Odyssey was impossible Clarke published one in 1982 anyway. Following up on such a successful works always carries a big risk, so perhaps it is not surprising this book, and subsequent film, weren’t quite as well received as 2001 had been. I […]

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly | Book Review

Irish author John Connolly is perhaps best known for his crime stories that hover on the edges between traditional detective stories and supernatural horror, but with The Book of Lost Things, Connolly travels deeper into fantasy-land, reinventing age-old fairy tales in a beautiful and poignant story of childhood and loss. Set in England during the […]

Winter’s Heart by Robert Jordan | Book Review

The ninth book in the Wheel of Time series. Where The Path of Daggers was a disappointment to many readers and definitely not my favourite, thing look a little better in Winter’s Heart. I liked this book a lot. It is a bit faster paced and for a miracle it actually contains a storyline that […]