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…

Literature ®

Literature ® Author: Guillermo Stitch Publication date: 1 July 2018 Publisher: Nineveh Editions Reviewer: D C White    ***WINNER, 2019 IPPY AWARD FOR SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY AND HORROR***   Joseph Stalin was not renowned for his bon mots. Once, he was asked about the quality of the tanks, aeroplanes, and weaponry Read more…

The Rain Never Came

The Rain Never Came  Author: Lachlan Walter Publication date: 25 May 2017 Publisher: Odyssey Books Reviewer: Meghan Brewster    The Rain Never Came is the debut novel by Australian writer and critic, Lachlan Walter. Having previously published science fiction reviews, Walter has turned his interest in post-apocalyptic fiction and Australian Read more…

The Progeny

The Progeny Author: Tosca Lee Publication date: 7 March 2017 Publisher: Howard Books Series: Descendants of the House of Bathory 1 Reviewer: Kris Ashton    When the reader joins narrator and heroine Emily Porter, she is living on a small island in rural Maine with a carer named Clare. She Read more…

The Second Cure

The Second Cure Author: Margaret Morgan Publication date: 30 July 2018 Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia Reviewer: Jessica Nelson-Tyers    ***Shortlisted for 2018 Aurealis Awards “Best Science Fiction Novel”***   Control the brain and you control the world. The Second Cure by Margaret Morgan is both riveting and relevant. This Read more…

Year of the Orphan

Year of the Orphan Author: Daniel Findlay Publication date: 29 May 2017 Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia Reviewer: Eugen Bacon    Daniel Findlay has delivered a startling young adult novel set in a post-apocalyptic Australian outback. It brings to prominence a child-to-teen female protagonist who rises from a position of Read more…

The Year of the Knife

The Year of the Knife Author: G D Penman Publication date: 28 November 2017 Publisher: Meerkat Press LLC Reviewer: Meghan Brewster   The Year of the Knife by G D Penman is a paranormal crime-fiction novel set in an urban fantasy world quite similar to our own. The action takes Read more…