Ten Thousand Thunders
by Brian Trent
Flame Tree Press
FLAME TREE PRESS
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 18 Oct 2018
Ten Thousand Thunders is an innovative and immersive science fiction novel, that will appeal to those who enjoyed Altered Carbon and those who like reading about complex worlds, unusual cultures and strange beings.
Gethin Bryce is an investigator who just died in a shuttle explosion. When he is resurrected, he’s tasked with finding the truth behind that and the other mysterious anomalies that have been occuring. There is a vast differential in the way humanity lives - those in enclaves living a virtually immortal existence with every luxury, and those in the wasteland struggling to survive. Between terrorists, unbelievably advanced AIs and greedy corporations struggling to supercede government, there is a lot of potential for conflict and for plot development. This is part of the reason why I was a bit disappointed by Brian Trent’s reliance on deus ex machina to resolve t...
by Richard K. Morgan
Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 23 Oct 2018
If you liked Altered Carbon, you will definitely enjoy Thin Air. Like Altered Carbon, Thin Air’s antihero is former military ( in this case biologically altered from before birth) who has bucked the system and gone private. His sarcasm equals his sense of fair play, and while he is excellent at what he does, he doesn’t take orders. Havana Veil is the modern sci-fi version of the classic noir detective. As in most noir stories, the detective finds the assignment he is given is just a cover for something much bigger, Veil soon discovers that babysitting Madison Madikwe isn’t what he was told it would be. Mars is a dangerous place, a play Palace for the rich, a place of suffering and entrapment for the rest. Now that the corporate overlords are auditing the planet, unease is growing, as are rumors of revolution. Hakan Veil knows how to make trouble, but...
Blood Ghast Blues Standalone Sequel to Black Box Inc.
by Jake Bible
Bell Bridge Books
Horror , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 13 Apr 2018
If the A-Team were able to kick butt with magic as well as munitions, then they would probably look something like Chase Lawter and his team. An omnisexual yeti, a Fae trained assassin, a zombie business manager and Chase - the only known worker of dim - make for a group as vibrant and varied as the iconic 80s commandos. It”s difficult to say whether I enjoy the action or the banter more. Despite having the occasional squabble, Black Box Inc works as a team, and will always stand up for each other.
In Blood Ghast Blues, Chase is given an offer that he can’t refuse. The day starts like any other. A client who hasn’t paid his bill needs Chase to open his “box”. To facilitate things, a local crimelord, The One Guy offers to pay the bill. But this is only the first odd event. Someone has summoned blood ghasts and they are leaving blood and ter...
Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 26 Jun 2018
Summerland is an impressive novel blending spy-fi and science fiction. If you only pick one science fiction novel to read this summer, this is it. Summerland is set in an alternate Britain circa 1938. The Cold War is in full swing, but there are two fronts - the world of the living and the world of the dead. The world of the novel was changed forever when the Summerland was discovered. Once thought to be gone forever, the souls of the dead persevere and retain their intelligence. Technology allows communication between the living and the dead, and spy services make use of agents both living and dead.
Rachel White is a British agent in charge of a Russian defector. Before he dies he offers her a piece of information - there is a mole in the British operation. But how do you catch a mole who is already dead?
The richly imagined world of Summerland is difficult...
Reborn’s writing may not be perfect, but the story is a good mix of entertaining and thought provoking. In essence, it is the story of two journeys. One, of an artificial being’s evolution of independent thought and feeling. The other of a man’s descent through obsession and the need to possess and control. There is the overarching issue of women’s treatment in the workplace, in science, and as individuals. Reborn is a modern Pygmallion, where what starts as love is degraded and abused.
Bits and pieces are too cliched or too unbelievable in presentation - the repeated use of the term “android apocalypse”, Synthia’s ever evolving abilities which are of course “perfect” plus her ability to change face and body type. She faces challenges, but they are almost too easy to surmount. Machten, on the other hand is the “evil professor”, shallowly depicted, with no redeeming qualities. P...
Armistice Book 2 in the Amberlough Dossier
by Lara Elena Donnelly
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 15 May 2018
Armistice is not the easiest book to delve into if you haven’t read its predecessor Amberlough. It is a complex, politically driven novel with hard bitten characters focused on their own agendas. There are no clear “good” guys. All sides were grey. I expected more action. Instead, there was a lot of double dealing discussed and a lot of whining.
I had a hard time identifying with any of the characters. Cordelia was an unlikely rebel leader, with a patois that was unbelievable. Aristide spent his entire time getting drunk, whining, and causing problems. Lillian was the easiest to empathize with. Her devotion to regaining her son is understandable.
I normally like political/espionage novels but Armistice wasn’t my cup of tea. There wasn’t much of the Art Deco flavor that was touted in the description, and the action was onl...
Unquiet Dead by Chris Pavesic
Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Mystery & Thrillers , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 05 Mar 2018
Unquiet Dead is not a novel. It is too short and the plot is too simplistic. It works better as a short story or novella. As long as you keep this in mind and ignore the loose ends and other annoying bits (the purposely misspelled words drove me a bit batty), Unquiet Dead isn’t a bad read.
Basically temples are being destroyed and people are being killed. There are reports of unkillable monsters (zombies) leaving few survivors. Catherine is tasked with uncovering whether the fae are behind the attacks.
Unquiet Dead is amateurish, but shows some promise. I wouldn’t buy it, but I probably would give Chris Pavesic another chance in future.
2 / 5
I received a copy of Unquiet Dead from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
One Way is a chilling near future sci fi novel that is believable in the way that human life means little when compared to corporate profit. Frank and other cons with special skills and a lack of family or other outside contacts are recruited for what may be a great adventure or simply another way to die. The promises seem attractive - rewarding work, better food, respect. The cost of failure, less so, but it is enough for Frank to volunteer to become part of the crew intended to build a habitat and research station on mars.
Things are not quite as expected. Supplies are short and crew members are dying in what appears to be tragic accidents. The mission overseer is a cruel tyrant and there are things that just don’t add up. If Frank is to survive he will have to find out just what is going on, and what the real plans of the company contracted to build the mars base are.
The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 31 Mar 2018
The Teamaster and the Detective is an amazing read that will satisfy your cravings for science fiction and Holmesian mystery in a go. In the world of Bodard’s imagining, living mindships enable travel through deep spaces, both in actual and virtual form. The teas they brew enable individuals to survive such travel with their serenity and sanity intact. Most mindships belong to illustrious families, but The Shadow’s Child is alone, surviving by selling individualized brews to travelers. The Shadow’s Child is more than sentient, it is a self aware individual with hopes, fears and a burgeoning curiosity. It becomes the Dr Watson to a Long Chau’s Holmes. Bodard’s conception is at once a clear homage to Conan Doyle and a unique creation in its own right. My only complaint is that I finished The Tea Master and the Detective so quickly. I wanted more....
by Richard Easter Endeavour Press
General Fiction (Adult) , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 24 Dec 2017
The best ghost stories are not what you expect. The General Theory of Haunting is so much more than your average tale of gothic mystery. Yes, you get your isolated manor house, cut off from the outside world. You are told the inevitable - the house is not haunted - the strange sounds you hear are pipes and the house settling.
After Lord Francis Marryman’s wife died in 1809, he was beset with a desire - to construct a physical means of reuniting with his beloved wife. The result of his work, this unusual house in the middle of nowhere where the staff of K&K Publishing is to stay for the New Year’s holiday.
The six who arrive are initially charmed, but become more disturbed as the long weekend progresses. Cut off from the world, in the claustrophobic atmosphere of a house filled with echoing footsteps and whispers, the troop feel their secret...