Kevin J Anderson has a gift for writing fantasy that leaves you laughing out loud. Services Rendered features Anderson’s renowned PI, Dan Shamble, oops Chambeaux, a zombie investigator working in the Unnatural Quarter, Sheyenne his ghostly gf/office manager, Robin Deyer a lawyer who wants justice for all monsters, and his BHF Officer Toby McGoohan - placed in the unnatural quarter for his unfortunate sense of humor. The cases they face range from the serious to the absurd, and each and every one is entertaining. From a gorgon who wants to participate in a beauty pageant, to a headless man who believes his head was stolen; from a missing Mayan wish turkey to a newt with a stolen eye, there is no zombie investigator more suited to the case than Dan Shamble, I mean Shambeaux.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Services Rendered from the...
Foreign Bodies A British Library Crime Classic
by ed. by Martin Edwards
Poisoned Pen Press
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 06 Mar 2018
Foreign Bodies is a delectable treat for those who enjoy classic mysteries. This assortment of stories, many never before published in English, demonstrate just how universal the love of a good puzzle is. At the same time that appreciation of crime fiction was in its heyday in the English speaking world, it was rising in popularity around the world. Little was I aware of the great variety of skilled authors of detective fiction living around the globe. I absolutely adored this anthology. Every story was a delight. There wasn't a single one that I did not enjoy. Like the other anthologies edited and introduced by Martin Edwards, each story is prefaced by a short biography of the author detailing his or her origin and their role in history.
Foreign Bodies is a magnificent anthology certai...
A British Library Crime Classic by ed. by Martin Edwards
Poisoned Pen Press
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Aug 2017
Continental Crimes is a panacea of intrigue, offering readers a variety of lesser known stories from mystery greats both famous and forgotten. The machinations of thieves, con artists and murderers are pitted against detectives both professional and amateur. What all have in common is their European setting - not a single cozy English village to be found. Like all of Poisoned Press’s anthologies, Continental Crimes prefaces each story with a short biography of the author and an explanation of their place in mystery history. I enjoyed the variety of puzzles, as as always liked learning about lesser known authors and their works. It is a bit like finding hidden treasure. These anthologies make for the perfect 10 minute escape - a story in the time it takes to relax with a cup of coffee or tea. Of course you can binge re...
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....
Margery Allingham is one of the best early writers of crime fiction. Her stories have stood the test of time, and practically every mystery lover is familiar with her iconic detective - Albert Campion. I was delighted to have the opportunity to review this anthology. It more than lived up to my expectations.
Readers feast on an assortment of short stories, all unique. What they do have in common is how clever they are. Often there is a seemingly insurmountable puzzle, the unraveling of which is a delight. Many, but not all feature Albert Campion. More than a few throw in a dash of humor. Allingham is a consummate storyteller, able to bring vastly different characters to vibrant life and never using the same plot twice. These stories satisfy, not only because the puzzles are clever but also because justice is done. There is murder, but there is no graphic violence....
Wicked Wonders is filled with stories that stir the imagination. They are not stories for children, despite many featuring children. They are stories of transformation, each unique and exceptional. I loved the tale wherein mathematics ends up being used to create a paradise for two youngsters, and that of the cartographer who uses origami to create a passage for women to escape to safety. Many of the stories are moving, such as the love story between a woman who inherits the penny arcade and a stranger linked to the tree she loved as a child. The stories touch you with unexpected, sometimes making you smile, at other times making you shudder. All are excellent.
If you are looking for an anthology filled with wondrous tales that are entirely unique, Wicked Wonders is just what you are looking for.
Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein
General Fiction (Adult) , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 27 Apr 2017
Children of the New World blew me away with the quality of the stories included in the anthology. Like Phillip K Dick, Alexander Weinstein captivates the reader’s imagination and keeps them pondering long after the last page is turned. The best science fiction stories are those that are both plausible and thought provoking, stirring the imagination and the emotions. Alexander Weinstein does just that.
It is hard to pick a favorite from the variety of visions - a couple tormented by the loss of their virtual children, an author of virtual memories who loses himself amongst his creations, a man becomes addicted to digital enlightenment. Some stories are humorous, others disturbing, all are excellent.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Children of the New World from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
The Voices of Martyrs by Maurice Broaddus
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 28 Feb 2017
This anthology is a profound, emotionally charged anthology that left me breathless. The stories are portraits of Africans over time, from the time before slavery, through their experiences over the decades in the US to the present and beyond. Each voice is a message that reaches the heart. An entire race has been shaped by the ignorance, hate and greed of others. But despite this, there is still pride, a sense of connection with their origins. It takes strength and determination to persevere. At the same time, there is a tacit criticism of the selfishness that arises from a lack of human connection, a lack of place. There is also a criticism of those who force their religion on others, particularly through militant means. If we ignore our pasts, we are in danger of making the same mistakes.
I remember reading cyberpunk in my youth - stories of tomorrows where technology is an integral part of life, but that life is far from utopian. Strange technologies, dystopian societies and alienated individuals were all a part of visions that stirred the imagination. Cyberpunk didn't really disappear. Instead it transformed. The future is now. Technology is omnipresent, and it is impossible to imagine life without the connectivity of cell phones, tablets, and wifi.
Cyber World provides a tantalizing glimpse of the worlds that could be through a variety of stories from the world's most talented authors. From gene and body modifications to artificial brains sold through rakuten and Amazon, worlds of data to a country of no people, this anthology hosts a tremendous array of post-cyberpunk works. The tomorrows of yesterday have led to today.