Category Archives: Book Review

 

  • Embertide: Book three of Liz Williams' Fallow Sisters is out. Cheryl snapped it up immediately.

  • Infomocracy: Science fiction political thrillers are Cheryl's jam. Why has she not read this book before?

  • A Prayer for the Crown-Shy: Sibling Dex and Mosscap continue their examination of human and robot society

  • A Mirror Mended: The sequel to A Spindle Splintered is out. How does it measure up?

  • All the Seas of the World: Guy Gavriel Kay gives us adventures with pirates of the Mediterranean

  • Wrath Goddess Sing: The Iliad as you have never seen it before. Achilles as a trans woman? You bet, and all expertly based in the original tales.

  • Of Charms, Ghosts and Grievances: Asmoseus and Thaun are back, and are busy babysitting. You know that someone will get murdered. Hopefully it won't be any of the children.

  • Across the Green Grass Fields: A little Hugo reading. A new Wayward Children novella. Horses!

  • The Mab: A new children's version of The Mabinogion is available in both English and Welsh

  • Kingfisher: Patricia McKillip may have left us, but she has also left many fabulous books, including this one.

  • Aspects: John M Ford's final, unfinished, novel has been released at last. Was it worth the wait?

  • Plutoshine: Another fine debut from a female author, and this time it is hard SF

  • Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak: Cheryl reads the latest book in Charlie Jane Anders' Unstoppable series.

  • Kundo Wakes Up: Huzzah! A new installment in Saad Z Hossain's series set in a djinn-infested, near-future cyberpunk South Asia

  • A Psalm for the Wild-Built: The new novella series from Becky Chambers promises to take a new view of some classic SF ideas

  • Bluebird: Ciel Pierlot's debut novel is very impressive

  • Midnight Doorways: A collection of deeply creepy stories from Pakistan? Oh yes!

  • The White Room: Now there's a surprise, a new novel from Zoran Živković!

  • Rosebud: Paul Cornell finds hope on a very small scale

  • Story Matrices: Gillian Polack has thoughts on story construction

  • Age of Ash: A new fantasy series from one of Cheryl's favourite writers

  • These Lifeless Things: A very weird piece of post-apocalyptic fiction from Premee Mohamed

  • Bones and Stars: The new novel from Gareth L Powell is as gripping as we've come to expect

  • The Cuckoo Cage: History, social justice and superheroes combine in this new anthology from Comma Press

  • Alia Terra: An illustrated collection of stories based on Romanian folk tales

  • Prime Deceptions: The return of the psychic cats, and also Captain Eva Innocente

  • She Who Became the Sun: A book based on real history with strong gender themes? What's not to like?

  • Cyber Mage: Uh oh, those crazy Djinn are up to no good again. But do they understand the internet?

  • The Faerie Queene: It is over 400 years old, but does Spenser's epic poem have anything to say to modern fantasy?

  • Elder Race: Adrian Tchaikovsky channels Gene Wolfe in this clever novella

  • Servant Mage: In which Kate Elliott takes aim at some of the tropes of epic fantasy

  • Beyond the Hallowed Sky: Ken MacLeod's latest series is perfectly timed to re-ignite interest in Spaceport Glasgow

  • The Anthropocene Unconscious: Mark Bould demonstrates that literary criticism does not need to be dull and boring, with bonus sharknados.

  • The Memory Theater: The latest book from Karen Tidbeck returns to the weird world of The Gardens, and Augusta Prime is her usual, terrible self

  • The Necropolis Empire: Tim Pratt's latest series is a tie-in with a space opera strategy boardgame, not that you'd notice.

  • Deep Wheel Orcadia: Books by trans poets are all the rage these days, it seems. This one is written in the Orcadian dialect.

  • Spear: Nicola Griffith takes on Arthuriana. Cheryl approves.

  • Far From the Light of Heaven: The latest Tade Thompson novel is a murder mystery set in deep space

  • Upright Women Wanted: Sarah Gailey's Hugo Finalist novella suggests that in the post-apocalyptic future we will all need librarians

  • Light From Uncommon Stars: This SF&F debut by Ryka Aoki is one of Cheryl's favourite books of the year