Mechanical Failure, by Joe Zieja

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Saga Press Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Reviewer: Joshua Palmatier Have you read this book? This is the first book of a series of humorous SF novels.  Sort of a spoof of serious military SF. Premise: Roger Wilson Rogers has managed to get out of the military …

Avengers of the Moon by, Allen Steele

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tor Published: 2017 Reviewer Rating:  Reviewer: SJ Higbee I saw the wonderful retro cover on Netgalley and couldn’t resist, particularly as I have read and enjoyed the first four books in the Coyote series – see my review of Spindrift. It was an age of miracles. …

Children of Earth and Sky, by Guy Gavriel Kay

CHILDREN OF EARTH AND SKY Guy Gavriel Kay Berkley Trade Paperback $17.00 / 592 pages May 2, 2017 “This big, powerful fantasy offers an intricately detailed setting, marvelously believable characters, and an international stew of cultural and religious conflict writ larger than large.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “Kay triumphs at …

The Huntsman: Winter’s War

The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016), Rated PG-13 Directed By: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Nick Frost, Sam Claflin, Rob Brydon, Jessica Chastain Rating:  Reviewed by Xavier Emaka Have you seen this movie? The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a spin-off of the Maleficent film and both a prequel …

Underworld 5: Blood Wars

Underworld 5: Blood Wars (2016), Rated R Directed By: Anna Foerster Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Lara Pulver, James Faulkner, Charles Dance Rating:  Reviewed by Xavier Emaka Have you seen this movie? Kate Beckinsale makes a return to the underworld in this fifth chapter. While I’ve been a fan of the series since …

Low Noon, edited by David A. Riley

Genre: Horror Publisher: Science Fiction Trails Published: 2012 Reviewer Rating:  Reviewer: Michael D. Griffiths Have you read this book? Low Noon is a horror anthology set in the Weird Wild West and is edited by David A. Riley. I guess I am going through an anthology reading phase or perhaps …

The Innsmouth Legacy, by Ruthanna Emrys

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Tor Published: 2017 Reviewer Rating:  Reviewer: SJ Higbee Have you read this book? After attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928, the U.S. Government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god Cthulhu. …

Buzzwords Guide to Bad Fantasy Novels

I ran across this post on Reddit and thought it was funny, and a bit insightful. ———————————- Here are a few buzzwords you often see on the back of mediocre fantasy books along with their actual meanings: Gritty: In this book, people get raped, tortured, and killed. Not necessarily in …

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Broadway Books Published: 2012 Reviewer Rating:  Reviewer:  Joshua Palmatier Have you read this book? I’d heard many people talking about this book when it first came out and finally broke down at a book signing and bought it. Mostly, I’d heard that if you grew up …

A Crown of Wishes, by Roshani Chokshi

Genre: Fantasy Publisher:   St. Martin’s Griffin Published: 2017 Reviewer Rating:  Reviewer: SJ Higbee Have you read this book? Last year I was blown away by The Star-Touched Queen, a YA fantasy with a strong eastern flavor that swept me away to another place and time. Indeed, it made my top …

The Operative, by Gerald Brandt

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Daw Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Reviewer: Joshua Palmatier Have you read this book? The Operative is the second book in Gerald Brandt’s San Angeles sci-fi thriller series and it continues the story of Kris Merrill. Premise: In The Courier, Kris finds herself caught up in the …

In the Lamplight, by L. Jagi Lamplighter

Genre: Mixed Genre Anthology Publisher: eSpec Books Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Reviewer: David L. Felts Have you read this book? In the Lamplight, by L. Jagi Lamplighter, delivers an entirely enthralling anthology of 16 speculative stories that run the gamut from horror to fantasy to science fiction to surreal. There wasn’t a bad one …

Boiler Room Beasties, by Gustavo Bondoni

2016 SFReader Story Contest 1st Place Gustavo Bondoni is an Argentine novelist and short story writer whose forthcoming novel, Outside, is slated for launch at Eastercon 2017.  The final cover art has been released. He is also the author of Siege, an SF tale of galactic survival, launched in December, 2016. When it comes …

Aeronaut 54, by Joseph Cosentino

2016 SFReader Short Story Contest 2nd Place Joseph Cosentino is a young man from Georgia who currently works in payroll. He hasn’t been published before and can be found on Facebook and Twitter. His portfolio can be found here.  Aeronaut 54 By Joseph Cosentino I The zeppelin flew through the …

Neighbors, by C. L. Hernandez

2016 SFReader Story Contest 3rd Place C. L. Hernandez is a writer of horror, dark fiction, urban fantasy, and occasional poetry. She’is the author of the novel The Curious Case of the Tuscan Plague Doctor, and the series The Complicated Life of Deegie Tibbs. She also writes the self-published series …

From Ice to Ashes, by Rhett C. Bruno

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Hydra Published: 2017 Reviewer Rating:  Reviewer:SJ Higbee Have you read this book? Last year I read and reviewed Titanborn, a rollicking space opera set in the far reaches of the solar system, charting the adventures of Malcolm Graves, who is a fixer for the corporation controlling …

Mutant Mantis Lunch Ladies! by Bruce Hale

Genre: YA Horror Publisher: Disney Hyperion Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Reviewer: David L. Felts Have you read this book? It’s hard to read books like this as an adult. Although some might consider Juvenile and Young Adult as synonymous, I don’t. I see young adult as my 15 or 16 and up. This more appropriately …

Off Rock, by Kieran Shea

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Titan Publishing Published: 2017 Reviewer Rating:  Reviewer: Michael Griffiths Have you read this book? Off Rock, by Kieran Shea is a Science Fiction novel with the beginning 98% of the novel taking place on an asteroid being mined by the main characters. Jimmy is a grunt …

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Ghost in the Shell (2017), Rated PG-13 Directed By: Rupert Sanders Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Johns Pilou, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche Rating:  Reviewed by David L. Felts Have you seen this movie? It can be hard to make a remake, especially one of such an iconic and revered movie as Ghost in the Shell, the …

The Sister Paradox, by Jack Cambell

Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: eSpec Books Published: 2016 Reviewer Rating:  Reviewer: David L. Felts Sixteen year old Liam is an only child… at least until his 14 year-old sister Kari shows up, sporting an outfit that looks as though she just stepped out of a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, complete with sword. And …