Fiction

Portal of a Thousand Worlds by Dave Duncan

Portal of a Thousand Worlds is a book by the well-known fantasy author Dave Duncan, set in an alternate version of 19th Century China, and is filled with lots of political, and courtly intrigue. I haven’t read a Dave Duncan book in quite a while, but was intrigued by the premise, and setting of this... Read More »

Goldenhand by Garth Nix

Goldenhand is the 5th book in the Old Kingdom series by Australian author Garth Nix. I will confess that the original trilogy is one of my favourite series of all time, and I have been eager to read every addition to the series. The series is set in a land which is divided between a... Read More »

The Cogsmith’s Daughter by Kate M Colby

The Cogsmith’s Daughter by Kate M ColbyThe Cogsmith’s Daughter is the tale of Aya, the daughter of a city’s last cogsmith, who has been forced into the life of a prostitute after her father was executed by the king for the high crime of being unable to fix the prince’s pet clockwork bird. As a young woman she is drawn into... Read More »

Dracula vs Hitler by Patrick Sheane Duncan

Dracula vs Hitler by Patrick Sheane DuncanDracula vs Hitler, what a wonderfully click-baity title, I will admit that it got my attention. In a world where historical mashups like Abraham Lincoln – Vampire Hunter, and Android Karenina, are profligate, I had certain expectations, or ideas about what the book might involve. I supposed that it was going to be either “so... Read More »

Livia Lone by Barry Eisler

Livia Lone is Barry Eisler at the peak of his grimdark best. I’m a fan of Barry Eisler’s John Rain series, and when I read about his new story – the tale of a former child slave who survives to hunt down the likes of those who abused her as a child – I knew that... Read More »

The Relic Guild by Edward Cox

The Relic Guild is a fantasy novel set in an interesting world, where humans are essentially trapped in a city which is both on the border of everywhere, and cut off from everywhere else at the same time. Labrys Town is a tightly controlled world, where magic is outlawed, and citizens live in fear of... Read More »

Tier One by Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson

Tier One is a story about the establishment of a secret, undercover intelligence and paramilitary group that operates outside of the usual chain of command. As a former Navy Seal, John Dempsey is dragged into this world, and is tasked with fighting terrorists using methods which might not be acceptable to most ordinary people. This... Read More »

The Thief’s Daughter by Jeff Wheeler

After taking a dislike to the first book in the series, I thought I would give the second Kingsfountain book a chance to redeem itself. I was disappointed to find that my problems with the first novel, which mostly involved boring characters, and borrowing far too heavily from real world history for its own good,... Read More »

Shadowed Souls edited by Jim Butcher & Kerrie L. Hughes

Shadowed Souls edited by Jim Butcher & Kerrie L. HughesShadowed Souls is short story anthology, edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes, featuring stories from a number of well-known authors, centred around the theme of individuals who might be doing good things, but have a troubled, or dark side to them. As with any collection of stories, there are ones which were my... Read More »

Executive Action by Jac Simensen

Executive Action by Jac SimensenTitle: Executive Action Author: Jac Simensen Publisher: John Hunt Publishing Ltd Pages: 224 This is the story of a psychotic billionaire who decides to launch a suicide attack against the Muslims for reasons that are never clearly explained. (Turnabout’s fair play I guess?) With that moderately interesting notion in mind, you have to set yourself in for a... Read More »

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