Book review: Marque – Michael Patrick Hicks

  Michael Patrick Hicks has once again delivered a fine story indeed with Marque. Marque is a futuristic sci-fi thriller in which the world has been taken over by aliens! I sometimes struggle a little with science-fiction but Hicks had me onside from the outset with his conflicted protagonist, Darrel Fines and the delicate situation he…

The Grim Reader awards: My books of 2017

I love a good list, especially one that highlights some of the years best books. Many bloggers do this and I’m always interested to see what books they include. My list features books I read this year, not necessarily books published this year. I’m not going to waffle too much here, instead I’ll get straight…

Book review: Stone Wall – Dominic Stabile

I’m not a big reader of sci-fi or cyberpunk but Dominic Stabile’s previous novel in the Stone series, Stone Work, was an unlikely hit for me last year. In Stone, Stabile has created an engaging yet flawed protagonist you cannot help but route for. Here is a man that lets his actions speak louder than…

Guest post: Robert J. Duperre talks SOULTAKER (Knights Eternal)

Today I have a guest post from Robert J. Duperre. His latest book, Soultaker (Knights Eternal) has recently been released through Ragnarok Publications and the cover art alone screams ‘READ ME!’ In this post, Robert talks about the books creation and how patience is one of the greatest virtues a writer can hold. Thank you…

Magazine review: Unnerving Issue #3

Issue #3 of Unnerving Magazine rolls around and it’s an absolute doozy! Opening with a fantastic story by Paul Michael Anderson in which he asks: How far will a father go to relieve his daughter from any future pain, both physical and mental? Anderson writes heartfelt dark fiction so well and this story is brilliant…

Book review: Lucifer’s Star – C. T. Phipps & Michael Suttkus

My second Charles Phipps book in as many weeks and Lucifer’s Star is another fantastic read. This time, Phipps has teamed up with Michael Suttkus to bring us a thrillingly dark space opera right out of the top draw. Though very different from The Tower of Zhaal (reviewed here ), Lucifer’s Star is the story of Cassius Mass…

Book review: All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries) – Martha Wells

Novellas published by Tor rarely miss the target for this reader, and although I wasn’t too sure about All Systems Red initially, I stuck with it and finished quickly with a smile upon my face (sounds a bit sexual that, doesn’t it?!) All Systems Red is the story of a security android that wants nothing more…

Book review: The Tower of Zhaal – C. T. Phipps

I was impressed with the first book in this series from author C. T. Phipps and I have to say that this one is better still! John Henry Booth is back after defeating Alan Ward in book 1. Along with partner, Mercury, Booth is tasked with locating and removing an excommunicated member of the Miskatonic…

Book review: Excalibur – Tim Marquitz

As you can probably see from the cover, Excalibur by Tim Marquitz is not a story based on the Arthurian legend, but it is in fact a slice of space opera. One that is part Star Trek and part Starship Troopers, which, in my book, is no bad thing at all. It’s time for The…