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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Eleven

If you like both science fiction and fantasy stories, then you are in for a real treat when you read this book. I experienced so many emotions as I read this collection of stories, and these stories took me to amazing places in the writers’...

5 Stars

The City of Ice - Gates of the World, #2

I did not get an opportunity to read the first book in this series, but I enjoyed this sequel. The Kressind siblings all seem to be in the thick of things at all times. And generally it is because of the choices they make. Trassan has a gre...

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Generation Decks - The Unofficial History of Gaming Phenomenon Magic: The Gathering

This is the amazing true story of how Magic: The Gathering became the card game it is today. It is an in depth look at the industries involved and how this game influenced millions of people by looking at the origins back in the early '90's...

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The Witch of Torinia - A Tale of Valdur Book 2

“The Witch of Torinia” is the second book in a series. Book one is “The Guns of Ivrea”. Well if you liked the first one you may or may not like this one. For me, this one was a solid three stars. Although it was pretty good the writing is h...

3 Stars

Grunt Hero - Task Force Ombra

“Grunt Hero” was so good! It has action and exciting moments. I just couldn't put it down. I was really getting scared as the end approached. So many things were happening I thought it was going to end on one massive cliffhanger. But the au...

4 Stars

Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell

Imagine my delight and excitement over reading the novel "Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell" by Paul Kane. I am a fan of both Sherlock Holmes and the Hellraiser movies, and I do enjoy Clive Barker’s other works. I anticipated reading...

5 Stars

The Feast of All Souls

This isn't your normal ghost story. It starts out that way but boy, does it go in another direction. The author gives you everything that keeps the reader connected, fast pace, lots of action, characters that are a bit odd and terror. When...

4 Stars

Five Stories High - One House, Five Hauntings, Five Chilling Stories

The book brings the reader five eerie and haunting tales all with the same setting, a five story Georgian mansion. This mansion used to be a grand place but through time it has started to deteriorate. It has been converted into five apartme...

4 Stars
  • Authors: K.J. Parker, Sarah Lotz, Robert Shearman, Tade Thompson, Nina Allan
  • Review by: Bemiown
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: Collections & Anthologies, Horror
  • Publisher: Solaris

Drowned Worlds

Jonathan Strahan, editor, has compiled an interesting collection of stories that describe drowned worlds-where the oceans have risen to catastrophic depths causing mankind to change how we live and survive. This is a subject we all wonder a...

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  • Authors: Kim Stanley Robinson, Charlie Jane Anders, Ken Liu, Paul McAuley, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Jeffrey Ford, Lavie Tidhar, James Morrow
  • Review by: Pamela Robinson
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * Science Fiction, Collections & Anthologies
  • Publisher: Solaris

Every Mountain Made Low

For a first novel dealing with complex issues like Down Syndrome in a paranormal thriller is amazing! Alex writes from the perspective of the main character's point of view which provides insight to her world and how she perceives it illust...

5 Stars

Sparrow Falling

This is an excellent read from the first page all the way to the end. Gaie Sebold has a wonderful sense of justice mixed with humor and revenge! It's fast paced with tons of description included to give the reader a sense of the time period...

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The Wolf in the Attic

Paul Kearney does a good job writing this novel from the prospective of an adolescent girl named Anna Francis. I liked the overall style of writing but the plot was very relaxed. I did not feel a rush to find out what was going to happen or...

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Vendetta - A Deadly Curiosities Novel, #2

“Vendetta” by Gail Z. Martin is an action-filled and imaginative story that features many remarkable creatures who function in a world that the local humans are often oblivious to. The blend of pragmatic and arcane in Charleston, South Caro...

4 Stars
  • Author: Gail Z. Martin
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
  • Publisher: Solaris

The Guns of Ivrea - Book #1

“The Guns of Ivrea” by Clifford Beal is an exciting and fast-paced fantasy. The characters are well-written and interesting and I enjoyed how the point of view changes from one character to the next throughout. Being written this way, I fee...

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Meeting Infinity

What does the future hold? If you could imagine what the future would be like, what kind of story would you tell to describe it? For many sci-fi writers, they often write about what the future might be like. But what if the future is now? F...

5 Stars
  • Authors: Gregory Benford, James S.A. Corey, Madeline Ashby, Aliette de Bodard, Kameron Hurley, John Barnes, Simon Ings, Gwyneth Jones, Nancy Kress, Yoon Ha Lee, Ian McDonald, Ramez Naam, An Owomoyela, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Bruce Sterling, Sean Williams
  • Review by: DawnColclasure
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * Science Fiction, Collections & Anthologies
  • Publisher: Solaris

The Night Clock

The Night Clock is a disjointed horror/fantasy novel chock so full of characters, rich imagery and dream details it was hard to keep track of everything and tie it all together, though in the end everything comes full circle...even if it to...

3 Stars

Cannonbridge

What a unique story idea. To have the power to create a being and not just any being but a beloved and powerful man that everyone knows or has met. He has been influential throughout time and has been integral to many of the famously creati...

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The Blood Curse - The Cursed Kingdoms, #3

Interesting characters, magic, and some really good world building are the things that made me love this book. You do not want to read The Cursed Kingdoms series out of order. So if you haven't read book one and two do that first before doi...

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Dangerous Games

I really like horror and I am a gamer, so I thought that I would really like this book. I was right. Each story is different, and yet they all include the adrenaline rush of winning or losing. Some are horror, some are science fiction and s...

4 Stars

Reach for Infinity

When picking up an anthology of stories to read, there’s always a chance there’s a story in that book that the reader would not like. Some stories may strike the reader as extremely well-written, some may be awesome, and some may be thought...

4 Stars

Wakening the Crow

Stephen Gregory’s Wakening The Crow is a twisted tale that references Edgar Allan Poe. The plot of this novel seemed quite strange to me, but I couldn’t set it down. The use of a tooth as a talisman for change is very interesting. Every cha...

4 Stars

Fearsome Magics

One thing that appeals about reading fiction is that it’s a chance to get away from reality. And that’s what readers of the fantasy anthology Fearsome Magics get when they read this book. They get a chance to get away from it all – away fro...

5 Stars

Solaris Rising 3 - The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction

When picking up an anthology to read, I never know what to expect. I do know there are stories that fall under a theme or fit into a genre, but I never can predict just how far those stories will go to stretch the genre just a bit or take m...

4 Stars

Nyctophobia

"Nyctophobia', by Christopher Fowler, is creepy, to say the least, but in a good way. The characters are well-developed and we learn a lot about them throughout the story. Callie, the main character, is easy to identify with. Her lack of co...

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The Fire Prince - The Cursed Kingdoms, #2

The author did a wonderful job with this second book of The Cursed Kingdoms series. I have to say that although I didn’t read book one I didn’t feel too lost. I have since went back and read book one and although that gave me some much need...

5 Stars

Deadly Curiosities - A Deadly Curiosities Novel, #1

Trifles and Folly, a quaint antique and curio shop in Charleston is more than it seems. Cassidy Kincaide runs the shop, purchasing dangerous items and keeping them from causing mayhem. Luckily, her ability to sense the history of anything s...

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The Way to Babylon

Overall, this was an enjoyable journey into a fantasy realm. Readers are pulled along as they wonder what will the main character do with his circumstances. How can he take his dark life and find new meaning and happiness? Will journeying i...

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A Different Kingdom

I loved the fantasy elements in this story. It reminded me of other epic adventure stories I've read before. Michael Fay is a farm town kid with dreams of an epic quest, knights, fairies and damsels in distress. After he meets Cat he is pul...

4 Stars

Blood Kin

The setting for Blood Kin takes place between 1930 until modern day. It’s set in the Appalachian Mountains. They say that you can't judge a book by its cover, but this cover just made me want to open up the book and start reading. It has a...

4 Stars

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eight

I chose this anthology because science fiction and fantasy were the genres that started my love of reading. Sci-Fi anthologies have been around for a long time and are kind of a tradition. There are only a few pre-1980 ones that I haven't r...

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  • Author: Jonathan Strahan
  • Review by: Emma
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: Collections & Anthologies, Fantasy, * Science Fiction
  • Publisher: Solaris

The Waking That Kills

As we know any major disruption in live can cause havoc, but it’s through our decision-making process we can gain clearer insight, deigned to build upon this process or else be doomed to stagnant, repetitive (or worse), de-evolve our decisi...

4 Stars

The Happier Dead

While I don’t often read sci-fi novels like this, this novel was interesting. It kind of reminded me of a sci-fi movie, namely Elysium, with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. The book is different than the movie, but still has a few similarities...

4 Stars

Harmony

Harmony is the second alien book I’ve read this week. I have to say this one was disappointing…that’s an understatement. Harmony did start off very well. It involves a world where aliens are already among us and are in fact controlling us!...

3 Stars

Red Eye - Redlaw, #2

Considering the fact that I didn't review the first one of this series it wasn't all that hard to follow. This author tells a very good story. I found myself getting sucked into the tale. John finds himself in the bowels of the old subway s...

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  • Author: James Lovegrove
  • Review by: Angibabi4
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: Supernatural, Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
  • Publisher: Solaris

Hush - The Dragon Apocalypse, #2

Mr. Maxey again delivers a tightly constructed plot interwoven with engaging characters. He could have made a typical story about how unrequited Stagger’s love is for Infidel. Instead, he took unusual characters and created a strong story-a...

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Greatshadow - The Dragon Apocalypse, #1

Take a band of people, a villain (the dragon), and a common goal: kill dragon; and one will find an enjoyable book: GreatShadow! Tight action, great drama woven slowly into the plot, and likeable characters make this an excellent read. Maxe...

4 Stars