Our War

Our War Author: Craig DiLouie Publication date: 20 August 2019 Publisher: Orbit Books Reviewer: Justin Hickey   That’s 10-year-old Hannah Miller on the cover of Our War, Craig DiLouie’s latest thriller. Hers is the face of a generation whose childhood is curtailed when the United States, that combustible blend of Read more…

Into Bones Like Oil

Into Bones Like Oil Author: Kaaron Warren Publication date: 12 November 2019 Publisher: Meerkat Press Reviewer: D C White   Any fan of Lovecraft or the American gothic genre will admit the importance of the sea in horror literature. The oceans are ever-changing, mysterious even; and they hide their secrets Read more…

Big Red

Big Red Author: Damien Larkin Publication date: 14 May 2019 Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press Reviewer: D C White   Where would military fiction be without the colour red? Over the years we’ve had The Thin Red Line and The Big Red One. In 2019 we have Big Red, the debut Read more…

Claiming T-Mo

Claiming T-Mo Author: Eugen Bacon Publication date: 11 June 2019 Publisher: Meerkat Press Reviewer: Tim Conder   Claiming T-Mo, Eugen Bacon’s first full-length novel, explores the nature of identity and the question of whether who we are is static or constantly in motion. It’s deep and entrancing, written in a Read more…

Winds of Marque

Winds of Marque  Author: Bennett R Coles Publication date: 16 April 2019 Publisher: Harper Voyager Series: Blackwood Virtue 1 Reviewer: Justin Hickey   Science fiction readers expect a touch of strangeness in their literary landscapes. Most fans crave that off-kilter something that makes a book memorable. In Robert Charles Wilson’s Read more…

Icefall

Icefall Author: Stephanie Gunn Publication date: 31 October 2018 Publisher: Twelfth Planet Press Reviewer: Kris Ashton   In his non-fiction book On Writing, Stephen King points out that “plumbers in space isn’t such a bad idea for a novel.” In Stephanie Gunn’s talented hands, it turns out “mountain climbers in Read more…

The Isle

The Isle Author: John C Foster Publication date: 4 December 2018 Publisher: Grey Matter Press Reviewer: Justin Hickey   If you’re going to set a horror story in New England, you’d better include nasty weather, cursed land, and locals who are slightly off. John C. Foster, author of the “Libros Read more…

Plato Crater

Plato Crater  Author: Carleton Chinner Publication date: 25 September 2018 Publisher: Carleton Chinner Series: Cities of the Moon 2 Reviewer: Tim Conder   Plato Crater, the second instalment in Carleton Chinner’s “Cities of the Moon” trilogy, continues the journey of the now independent Moon Folk as they seek to renegotiate Read more…

Firstborn

Firstborn Author: Tosca Lee Publication date: 2 May 2017 Publisher: Howard Books Series: Descendants of the House Bathory 2 Reviewer: Kris Ashton   In the sequel to The Progeny—and yes, there are massive spoilers ahead if you haven’t read the first book—Audra has had her mind wiped again so the Read more…

Collision

Collision  Author: J S Breukelaar Publication Date: February 2019 Publisher: Meerkat Press Reviewer: Kris Ashton   Speculative fiction is a broad marquee sheltering sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and almost innumerable sub-genres extending from those three main branches. One such sub-genre is “weird fiction,” and it serves as the connecting tissue for Read more…