The Razor by J. Barton Mitchell
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 27 Nov 2018
It isn’t a question of what will kill you on Razor, but what won’t. The Razor is the perfect prison - deadly, impossible to escape, and profitable for the corporation that runs it. Razor is a death sentence, it’s just a matter of how and when - the harsh environment, the brutal guards, Xytrilium exposure, or gang violence. J Barton Mitchell’s world is desolate and harsh, all jagged edges giving a clear feeling of man versus the elements. To survive requires more than will. It requires ingenuity. From the start it is made clear that to survive requires value, leverage. A deal can keep you alive. Flynn, Key, Maddox and Raelynn have all made deals, but whether they will survive is in doubt. At a signal, the mining platforms are scuttled and the prisoners are left to fend for themselves. Flynn and Key have a chance - retrieve some data and they will be rescued. But what th...
General Fiction (Adult) , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 18 Sep 2018
The Night Crossing is a chilling gothic adventure in the vein of supernatural classics Dracula and Frankenstein. But as in many such tales the most horrifying monsters were once human. An intrepid explorer and Egyptian expert (Mina), a courageous writer fascinated by the occult (Bram Stoker), and a young woman seeking the truth behind her son’s death come together to face a malevolent power stealing the life essence of the poor, the people that no one will miss. But evil hides itself well, and wealth encourages society to look away, making it all the more difficult to challenge. Rich in atmosphere, The Night Crossing captures the feel of London at the time - the fascination with the paranormal, the love of Egyptology, the huge division between rich and poor.
Although Robert Masello indicates that Bram Stoker’s adventures within the pages of The Nigh...
Artemis A Novel by Andy Weir
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 14 Nov 2017
Fantastic! Artemis is an incredible piece of science fiction - exciting, clever and even funny. Jazz Bashara is an incredible lead, fast thinking, creative, and delightfully devious. When it comes to skirting the law on the moon, Jazz is one of the best even if her bank account doesn't reflect her intelligence or skill. For the most part, she smuggles in items from Earth. Between that and her porter job she is just scraping by. But a big chance comes her way - 1 million credits to sabotage the ore harvesting machinery of Artemis’s aluminum processor. Of course Jazz didn't count on the complications resulting from her efforts. On the run from a murderous cartel, Jazz has only one chance to save her skin and Artemis's future.
Andy Weir’s characters were wonderful. I absolutely loved Svoboda. He was adorably geeky and his innocent enthusiasm was a perfect match for Jazz. No mat...
Murders.com by Margaret Duffy Severn House
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Sep 2017
I absolutely loved Murders.com - Margaret Duffy has once again created a page turning thriller that will leave readers begging for more. Patrick and Ingrid Gillard may be safer now that they are working for the National Crime Agency as opposed to MI-5, but that doesn't mean their lives are without danger. When the head of a special division of the police is found by Ingrid badly injured, it marks the beginning of an investigation into a criminal organization led by a violent thug whose father recently died in prison. Only a single blurry photo of the man exists, and no one knows where his headquarters are. As more bodies are discovered, the Met becomes anxious for results. With only limited support, Patrick and Ingrid are forced once more to go undercover and find a way to break the gang.
I absolutely love the chemistry that exists between Ingrid and Patrick. They are ver...
9 Tales of Raffalon by Matthew Hughes
Mystery & Thrillers , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 01 May 2017
Raffalon is a thief of extraordinary skill and equally extraordinary bad luck. But Raffalon’s misfortunes are the reader’s gain as they accompany him on his adventures and misadventures, as he talks himself into and out of trouble. Matthew Hughes combines action and humor as skillfully as Raffalon picks a lock. He also doesn't allow his work to be too bogged down with serious ideas, taking pleasure in light fantasy that fans of Zelazny and Robert Lyn Asprin will easily enjoy. This anthology consists of 9 of Raffalon’s most thrilling adventures. Although it can be enjoyed in one long sitting. (The adventures are neither formulaic nor repetitive), the stories pair well with a morning cup of coffee or a relaxing afternoon tea. If you are looking for a fun, lighthearted fantasy romp, look no further. 9 Tales of Raffalon is the book for you....
Basil and Moebius are back in what may be their final adventure. In a fitting end, the duo go on one last whirlwind adventure with The Collector, their otherworldly master and benefactor. Jumping from one dimension to the next, they seek to evade The Collector’s enemies and return safely home - a task far more challenging and death defying than expected. As always, wherever these pulp heroes go there are plenty of quips, humor, monsters and explosions. Never underestimate just how much chaos and destruction these two can cause. Their adventures are escapist fun that is at once a tribute and a parody of Lovecraftian fiction. If you are looking for a thought provoking graphic novel experience this is not it. Instead if you are looking for humor, action and fast paced fun, The...
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date: March 1, 2016
The Life Engineered is the most marvelous and innovative science fiction novel that I've read in quite some time. Imagine a world where your nature, your evolved self determines the form your body takes and the abilities it has. Imagine a world of creation, free of conflict. This is the world inherited by the capeks, a race of sentient artificial beings. This is the world that Dagir (Day) is born into, moments before her creator/mother Yggdrasil is destroyed - an unprecedented act of murder. By nature, Dagir is both a healer and a seeker of truth, and the search for the destroyers draws her into the secrets of the past, the origin of the capeks, and the hidden remnants of humanity.
The capeks are not robots, nor are they androids replicating human emotion. They are each unique in body, personality, and function. Their design is an extension of their selve...
The Alchemy of Chaos differs greatly from Marshall Ryan Maresca’s A Murder of Mages. While the latter is a fantasy/police procedural, The Alchemy of Chaos is a fantasy adventure set in the same world. Both are excellent novels, but The Alchemy of Chaos is likely to appeal to a broader audience, particular younger fantasy fans.
Veranix (the Thorn) is a blend of Harry Potter and Zorro - a student of magic by day, and a vigilante mage by night. Armed with a whip and a quip, Veranix’s alterego The Thorn targets Fenmere and the dealers of the drug that destroyed his mother and threaten all of Aventil. Like Harry, Vernix has allies amongst his fellow students. While undoubtedly the majority of physical efforts are his, Colin, Kaiana, Delmin and his other friends provide invaluable assistance.
The Adventures of Basil and Moebius: Volume 3 Secret of the Ancients
by Ryan Schifrin and Larry Hama
Diamond Book Distributors
Graphic Novel, Adventure, Horror
Pub Date: January 19, 2016
The third volume of The Adventures of Basil and Moebius has everything a comic lover could want - explosive action, cheeky but charming heroes, a globe spanning treasure hunt, guns and gadgets galore, gorgeous buxom spies and assassins, and vile over-the-top villains. Add a few voracious tentacled fiends to the mix and you’ve got a winner.
When I read the first volume of The Adventures of Basil and Moebius, my thought was - not bad. I have changed my mind about the series.
I REALLY enjoyed reading The Adventures of Basil and Moebius: Volume 3 Secret of the Ancients. The art has improved, as have the plotting and the dialogue. You’ll even see a few nods towards other famous fictional adventurers. The story moves forward at a break-neck pace, smoothly going from one action sequence to the next...
When an antique gold show comes to Vegas, artifact-hunter Sara Wilde's job is simple: to locate and liberate a set of relics rumored to give their bearers access to an ancient, incredible power. Yet within the Connected community, whispers of a war against magic draw every psychic, mystic, warlock, and witch to Sin City. The most powerful Connected also covet the infamous relics, but no one wants them more than Sara's client—the insufferably arrogant, criminally sensual, and endlessly evasive Magician.
And what the Magician wants...
Sara's heist takes a turn for the trickier as the smoky-eyed specter from her past, Detective Brody Rooks, is assigned to investigate a break-in at the gold show, forcing her to confront the one man in Vegas she can't bluff. Even worse, just as she finally gets her hands on the goods, the game changes anew. The resu...