Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula LeGuin

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Ace Published: 1969 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? Suppose, in the far future, an isolated planet somewhere in the distant reaches of the galaxy has been colonised by humans and then left alone. That relatively small pocket of …

Prayer-Cushions of the Flesh, by Robert Irwin

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Dedalus Limited Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? Seeing the title, Prayer-Cushions of the Flesh, the reader might get the idea that Robert Irwin’s novella contained an above-average amount of sex. The reader would be correct. Set in …

Gridlock, by Ben Elton

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Warner Books Published: 1993 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? Before you ask, let me say that Ben Elton’s Gridlock definitely comes under the heading of speculative fiction. Though in essence it is a politico-industrial satire set mostly in …

The Devil In Me, by Christopher Fowler

Genre: Horror Publisher: Serpent’s Tail Published: 2002 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul Kane Have you read this book? ‘Ian McEwan used to mine a similar seam. Fowler does it better.’ – Arena ‘Ghoulishly irresistible.’ – The Times ‘The stories are just the right shade of black to have considerable …

Murther and Walking Spirits, by Robertson Davies

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Viking Published: 1991 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? This is a frame story; journalist Connor Gilmartin, having been unceremoniously murdered by his wife’s lover, sits incorporeal next to his murderer at the Toronto Film Festival, watching from the afterlife …

Brendell, Apprentice Thief, by Patrick Welch

Genre: Fantasy Anthology Publisher: Double Dragon E-Books Published: 2002 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Fraser Ronald Have you read this book? This is the second e-book I’ve reviewed by Patrick Welch, the first having been the Thirteenth Magician. The quality of writing I noted in that book is also present …

Great Apes, by Will Self

Genre: Modern/Urban Fantasy Publisher: Grove/Atlantic Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? This is a maddening book — sharply written, of course, as one would expect from Will Self — but maddening nonetheless, in more ways than one. For a start we’re …

Lion’s Blood, by Steven Barnes

Genre: Alternate History Publisher: Warner Books Published: 2002 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Fraser Ronald Have you read this book? The world of Lion’s Blood by Steven Barnes is a slightly tweaked version of our own. In this alternate history, Egypt and Abyssinia are the great powers of the world, …

SZMONHFU, by Hertzan Chimera

Genre: Dark Fantasy Publisher: Eraserhead Press Published: 2001 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul Kane Have you read this book? Do not adjust your mind.On second thoughts, scratch that. Maybe you should. Eraserhead Press, known for their strange taste in fiction, have at long last taken on board a purveyor …

The Fox Woman, by Kij Johnson

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? This is a hardcover I bought on a lark because I was feeling prosperous after a big run-up in my stocks. Well, now my net worth is about half …

Voyage, by Stephen Baxter

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Harper Collins Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? Voyage is the story of a mission that never was. In this long and meticulously researched novel, Baxter speculates that if John F. Kennedy had survived the assassination attempt …

The Faded Sun Trilogy, by C. J. Cherryh

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: DAW Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? This trilogy works well as an omnibus novel. The three books tell a single tale with really no logical break between them, something I imagine annoyed people at the time. …

Orion Arm, by Julian May

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Ballantine Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? Those of you who read my review will recall that I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked May’s light adventure Perseus Spur. Well now she’s back with a …