Humor, Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date: December 17, 2015
Escape from B-Movie Hell is cheeky fun, but expect more chuckles than laugh-out-loud moments. Written in the vein of old time adventures such as Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon, the novel features Andi Turbot, a British Art restoration student. It comes as a surprise when she discovers her best friend Eric is an alien rather than simply fashion challenged. She takes it in stride that he is in reality a large lobster-shaped entity dripping marmite scented goo. That being said, she doesn't expect to be teleported to an alien ship or to find out that an asteroid is on a collision course with Earth.
If you like cheesy fifties scifi flicks you will definitely enjoy this light-hearted homage. Read with friends for a Mystery Science Theater 3000 style book round.
I received a copy of Escape from B-Movie Hell from the publisher and netgalley.com in e...
DR. DOA A Secret Histories Novel
by Simon R. Green
Berkley Publishing Group
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date: June 7, 2016
Simply smashing! Eddie Drood, aka Shaman Bond, is Fleming's iconic character cheekily reimagined for a wild world where magic, aliens, and alternate realities are everyday (even if the ordinary person does their best to pretend otherwise). Simon Green simultaneously parodies and praises the tropes we know so well from the Bond films - like the Matriarch (for M) and the Armourer (for Q who must always be visited before a mission, just because that's the way it is done). At the same time, Simon Green's novel is far more than a parody. It is a gorgeously imagined urban fantasy filled with strange beings, unusual technology and more than a little mayhem to amp up the fun. The witty and flirtatious interplay between Molly and Eddie is an absolute joy, reminiscent of the fun screwball comedies of the 1930s. It is always fun to see how they respond to the challen...
St Martins Press
Sci Fi & Fantasy, Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: June 28, 2016
My initial reaction to the beginning of The Big Sheep could be described simply - "what?" Here we have Keane, a phenomenological investigator (holistic detective) who has been called in by Esper Corp to find a missing sheep. It is a strange place to start that puts the reader a bit off-kilter. Next, a popular starlet who is clearly a bit delusional comes to Keane and his Watson-figure Fowler, saying that someone is trying to kill her. You wouldn't expect the two to be related but it is.
The further I read, the more fascinated I became. Robert Kroese is an amazing storyteller. The plot is intricate, but as you read the more everything makes sense. I simply had to keep reading page after page to find what would be revealed next. There is a lot of fast-paced action, but at the same time there is a cerebral component that is extremely satisfyi...
Simon & Schuster
Scifi & Fantasy, Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: June 28, 2016
Take an android, add a megalomaniac businessman's sociopathic rules for corporate dictatorship, set loose -- What do you get? Bodies, lots of bodies. (Sounds a bit like someone in the US presidential race)
When you pick up The Dark Side, be prepared for an unusual, disturbing, and remarkably pertinent novel. The narration alternates between the experiences of Justus, a detective newly arrived from Earth, and Leonardo Black, a psychopathic android who is looking to conquer El Dorado (Purgatory).
Purgatory is a moon colony ruled by the billionaire Fletcher Brass and populated by a wide assortment of criminals and tourists, brave enough to visit. Justus is an unusual pick for a lawman. Unlike the vast population, he is incorruptible. He treats everyone as equal under the law, and power and wealth does not deter him. The truth matters more than what...
Street Magicks Edited by Paula Guran
Diamond Book Distributors
Comics & Graphic, Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date: April 12, 2016
Magic often lies just out of view. Like the animals who adapt to new environments, the formation of cities has changed how we perceive the unknown and unexpected. Within the pages of this amazing anthology, a bevy of fantastic authors remind the reader of the mysterious, beautiful and dangerous magics that lie hidden, camouflaged by cement and steel. From the tale of an artist whose painting frees a man cursed to take the form of a bird to the destruction of a god whose armor allows him to pass any injury on to others, readers are guided through many incredible worlds. Some are unknown and others close to home. With stories by such greats as Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Bear, Caitlin R Kiernan, and too many others to name, Street Magicks deserves a place of honor on the bookshelf of every fantasy lover.
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ)
General Fiction (Adult), Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 02 Jun 2016
One part speculative fiction, one part scifi thriller, The Many Selves of Katherine North is an imaginative novel that should not be passed by. It is a story that will linger with readers long after the final chapter is read.
What lies at the core of identity? Is it defined by body and sensation or something more? If you could be another - whether animal or person, what type of insight into their experience could you gain? The Many Selves of Katherine North explores these questions and many others within its pages. At once beautiful and troubling, The Many Selves of Katherine North is a thriller that describes a technology with both a tremendous research potential and a potential for extreme danger and destruction. The novel does not only look at self, it also asks what holds a sense of se...
Single Wired Female has an intriguing premise, but while the start is promising, the novel falters midway. There is no logical progression that culminates in the story's resolution. Instead the author waves a magic wand which results in the plot being neatly ended with the android lead awakening 50 years later to an almost happily ever after - no explanations given.
Tricia is unrestrained, a sentient android capable of emotion and self-direction. While androids as servitors are readily accepted, free androids are hunted as outlaws. Tricia is captured and transformed, her memory blocked. Seeded with the memories of Bonnie O'Neal, Tricia wakes up believing she is a human, a woman who almost died in a vicious attack. By chance, she discovers she is synthetic and slowly manages to break down the walls hiding her memory. She is driven to search for t...
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date: May 10, 2016
I have never before encountered a novel quite like Too Like the Lightning. It is a must read for any student of philosophy, particularly those who enjoy speculative fiction. Too Like the Lightning is not your run of the mill scifi novel. Although there is action, much of the novel involves the complexities of politics and conflicts of a philosophical nature. Parts read more like a political thriller than the average scifi novel.
The world of Mycroft Canner is vastly different from our own. It is a utopia, albeit far from perfect. Countries as they are today no longer exist. After the numerous wars caused by religion, religious practice is outlawed, while individuals are encouraged to develop their own system of belief. The world is post-gender, with every individual male and female referred to as them and they in order to perfect equality. Sensayers play the role of...
Sci Fi & Fantasy, Teens & YA
Pub Date: April 1, 2016
I don't normally read YA fiction, as many that I've encountered are melodramatic and hastily written, designed more for profit than for art.
That being said, Railhead is an incredible book that not only far exceeded my expectations, but sets itself apart as a science fiction novel that will be long treasured by readers of all ages. It doesn't surprise me in the least that Warner Brothers has purchased the film rights.
In some ways, Railhead reminded me of two classic animes known for their art and imagination- Galaxy Express 999 and Metropolis. The first is a coming of age tale of a young boy traveling the Galaxy 3-9 in order to transform himself and take revenge for the death of his mother. The latter is a science fiction love story that questions what it means to be human and explores the bond of a young man and an android. Railhead may take its inspiration from these...
The Last Girl has an interesting premise. Women are scarce and no female babies have been born for almost a generation. Zoey is amongst a small number of young women kept in a fortress and told they are the only hope for the world.
Like most dystopian novels, the villains of this piece (the NOA) are the worst of the worst. The girls have scarcely any education, live a prisoner's life, and are placed in isolation where they are tortured in retaliation for any rule breaking. If that isn't enough, Hart throws in lecherous and abusive guards. To avoid falling into the YA category, Hart places the girls on the cusp of adulthood. They don't "graduate" until they are 21. In theory it's because the women are most fertile at 21, though the eggs are harvested and gestation is in tanks. Oh and to make the bad guys extra bad they kill the women who can't give birth to a female....