Books, Monthly Recap, Writing

April / May recap: stories, sales & reviews

What the heck, May? I had three stories appear in three different publications this past month. Not that I'm complaining or anything... quite the opposite! The lovely threesome: The Machine of the Devil in Flash Fiction Online. (Read for free, subscribe, buy the issue.) Metal, Sex, Monsters in Gamut. (Subscribe, or buy the issue.) Firstborn… Continue reading April / May recap: stories, sales & reviews

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Book review – INFOMOCRACY, by Malka Older

The official blurb: It's been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global micro-democracy. The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections. With another election on the horizon, the Supermajority is in tight contention, and everything's on the line.… Continue reading Book review – INFOMOCRACY, by Malka Older

Reviews, Short Fiction Roundup

12 awesome speculative fiction short stories

It's been a strange month for me, and maybe some of you as well. Even so, I read some awesome short fiction, and here are my favourites. Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies, by Brooke Bolander in Uncanny Magazine. "This is not the story of how he killed me, thank fuck." The fiercest and most ferocious… Continue reading 12 awesome speculative fiction short stories

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Book review – ‘A Taste of Honey’, by KAI ASHANTE WILSON

The official blurb: Long after the Towers left the world but before the dragons came to Daluça, the emperor brought his delegation of gods and diplomats to Olorum. As the royalty negotiates over trade routes and public services, the divinity seeks arcane assistance among the local gods. Aqib bgm Sadiqi, fourth-cousin to the royal family… Continue reading Book review – ‘A Taste of Honey’, by KAI ASHANTE WILSON

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Book review – VIGIL, by Angela Slatter

  The official blurb: Verity Fassbinder has her feet in two worlds. The daughter of one human and one Weyrd parent, she has very little power herself, but does claim unusual strength - and the ability to walk between us and the other - as a couple of her talents. As such a rarity, she… Continue reading Book review – VIGIL, by Angela Slatter

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13 most excellent speculative fiction short stories

This month, like every month, I read a lot of amazing speculative short fiction. This is also the month when I've decided to switch from calling the stories I list "fantasy and science fiction", to calling them "speculative fiction". Quite simply because I include stories that are horror, magical realism, and, well... whatever other kind of… Continue reading 13 most excellent speculative fiction short stories

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10 must-read fantasy & science fiction stories

I read some awesome speculative short fiction this month. As always, I don't pretend I've read everything out there, but here are some of my favourite things that I read in August. I Remember Your Face, by E.K. Wagner in Apex Magazine. I do love having my heart broken by great fiction, and this short story… Continue reading 10 must-read fantasy & science fiction stories

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Book review – THE LILIES OF DAWN, by Vanessa Fogg

The official blurb: There is a lake of marvels. A lake of water lilies that glow with the color of dawn. For generations Kai’s people have harvested these lilies, dependent upon them for the precious medicines they provide. But now a flock of enchanted cranes has come to steal and poison the harvest. The lilies… Continue reading Book review – THE LILIES OF DAWN, by Vanessa Fogg

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It’s release day: pick up your copy of TALES FROM ALTERNATE EARTHS!

It's here, and you can get it on Amazon! The new alternate history anthology 'Tales From Alternate Earths' from Inklings Press is now available at Amazon. Get it from Amazon! Read a great spotlight on authors, stories, and the anthology at Sci Fi Roundtable. Read about the inspiration behind my story 'Tunguska, 1987' at Darcia… Continue reading It’s release day: pick up your copy of TALES FROM ALTERNATE EARTHS!

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Some kind words about TALES FROM ALTERNATE EARTHS

SciFi Roundtable has just put up an author spotlight for Tales From Alternate Earths, the new alternate history anthology from Inklings Press that includes my short story 'Tunguska, 1987'. Huge thanks to Ducky at Ducky's Quill for this great feature, and the very kind words about the anthology and my story: I love when I… Continue reading Some kind words about TALES FROM ALTERNATE EARTHS

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13 brilliant fantasy & science fiction short stories

I read a lot in July: both zine/online short fiction and books. I also discovered an important life-hack: reading short fiction when you're traveling long distances by plane is a most excellent way to pass the time in airports and on airplanes. Here are 13 brilliant short stories I encountered this month: The Big Bah-Ha, by… Continue reading 13 brilliant fantasy & science fiction short stories

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Book review – THE KRAKEN SEA, by E. Catherine Tobler

The official blurb: Fifteen-year-old Jackson is different from the other children at the foundling hospital. Scales sometimes cover his arms. Tentacles coil just below his skin. Despite this Jackson tries to fit in with the other children. He tries to be normal for Sister Jerome Grace and the priests. But when a woman asks for… Continue reading Book review – THE KRAKEN SEA, by E. Catherine Tobler

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11 fabulous fantasy & science fiction short stories

I've read a lot of great short stories this past month. Here are 11 of my favourites. You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay, by Alyssa Wong in Uncanny Magazine. "But here, as the mountains cup the sky with deep brown hands, the call to bound away, howling, with the coyotes in the brush becomes almost unbearable."… Continue reading 11 fabulous fantasy & science fiction short stories

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Books for your summer reading list

  There are a lot of awesome summer reading lists around the web, and I'm adding my reading recommendations to the pile. Most of these are books I've already read, but some are books I want to read. And yes, there is lots of awesome speculative fiction on this list, but some other literary fare as well.… Continue reading Books for your summer reading list

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Book review -THE FIFTH SEASON, by N.K. Jemisin

The official blurb: A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.… Continue reading Book review -THE FIFTH SEASON, by N.K. Jemisin

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Book review – The Jewel And Her Lapidary, by FRAN WILDE

  The official blurb: Buried beneath the layers of a traveler's guide is a hidden history: two kingdoms, powerful gems, and the even more powerful Lapidarys who bind them. Lin and Sima, caught in a web of intrigue and deceit, must find a way to escape the traps set by the past and save their… Continue reading Book review – The Jewel And Her Lapidary, by FRAN WILDE

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Book review – MORT(E), by Robert Repino

The official book blurb: The “war with no name” has begun, with human extinction as its goal. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, have been silently building an army that would forever eradicate the destructive, oppressive humans. Under the Colony's watchful eye, this… Continue reading Book review – MORT(E), by Robert Repino

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9 weird & wonderful science fiction & fantasy short stories

In my continuing quest to read as much new and fabulous science fiction and fantasy as I possibly can, and shout about it on the internet, I'm sharing these nine short stories you can read online right now: weird, wonderful, and highly recommended. St. Dymphna’s School For Poison Girls, by Angela Slatter at tor.com. Over the… Continue reading 9 weird & wonderful science fiction & fantasy short stories

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My review of UPDRAFT, by Fran Wilde

The blurb: Welcome to a world of wind and bone, songs and silence, betrayal and courage. Kirit Densira cannot wait to pass her wingtest and begin flying as a trader by her mother's side, being in service to her beloved home tower and exploring the skies beyond. When Kirit inadvertently breaks Tower Law, the city's… Continue reading My review of UPDRAFT, by Fran Wilde

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My review of BLOODBOUND, by F. Wesley Schneider

The blurb:  Larsa is a dhampir-half vampire, half human. In the gritty streets and haunted moors of gothic Ustalav, she's an agent for the royal spymaster, keeping peace between the capital's secret vampire population and its huddled human masses. Yet when a noblewoman's entire house is massacred by vampiric invaders, Larsa is drawn into a… Continue reading My review of BLOODBOUND, by F. Wesley Schneider

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Dragons & magic beyond the veil – J. Michael Radcliffe’s THE GUARDIAN’S APPRENTICE

This year, I've read several short stories by J. Michael Radcliffe, including those included in the Mind's Eye anthologies 'Triptychs', and 'Tales From The Cacao Tree'. I also dove into 'Scale of a Dragon', and 'A Touch of Darkness' - two short stories set in Radcliffe's 'Beyond The Veil'-universe where magic and dragons are ever-present, and… Continue reading Dragons & magic beyond the veil – J. Michael Radcliffe’s THE GUARDIAN’S APPRENTICE

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My review of Mary Rickert’s YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN HERE

The book blurb: Open this book to any page and find yourself enspelled by these lush, alchemical stories. Faced with the uncanny and the impossible, Rickert’s protagonists are as painfully, shockingly, complexly human as the readers who will encounter them. Mothers, daughters, witches, artists, strangers, winged babies, and others grapple with deception, loss, and moments… Continue reading My review of Mary Rickert’s YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN HERE

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Witchcraft & vengeance – my review of ‘Of Sorrow And Such’, by ANGELA SLATTER

This is the tale of Patience Gideon, a witch living her life in precarious, yet rather comfortable security in the small town of Edda's Meadow where no one really knows the true nature of her powers. When Patience's world starts to crumble because of events outside her control, the story becomes a harrowing and gripping drama, and she has to… Continue reading Witchcraft & vengeance – my review of ‘Of Sorrow And Such’, by ANGELA SLATTER

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A must-read for writers, artists & other humans – my review of AUSTIN KLEON’S ‘Show Your Work’

Austin Kleon's 'Show Your Work - 10 Ways To Share Your Creativity And Get Discovered' is a book that makes me want to shout from the social media rooftops: "Everyone! Read this book!". Why? Because 'Show Your Work' made me feel energized, encouraged, and inspired - both as a (more or less) creative human being, and as a writer… Continue reading A must-read for writers, artists & other humans – my review of AUSTIN KLEON’S ‘Show Your Work’

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Secrets, lies & shadows of the past – my review of MARIA SAVVA’s ‘A Time To Tell’

Maria Savva's novel A Time To Tell is a fascinating book: part mystery, part romance, part character study, and I enjoyed every page and every character in it. It's an insightful and piercing look at a family where secrets and lies have shaped people's lives for decades, and about what happens when those lies and secrets… Continue reading Secrets, lies & shadows of the past – my review of MARIA SAVVA’s ‘A Time To Tell’

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Aliens, mathematical harmony & otjize – my review of BINTI, by Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor's science fiction novella Binti is a suspenseful and exhilarating read that plunges you headlong into a future world where space ships are living creatures, and humanity is just one of many space-faring civilizations. It also plunges you into the mind and life of Binti, a Himba girl, raised in the African desert, who has a… Continue reading Aliens, mathematical harmony & otjize – my review of BINTI, by Nnedi Okorafor

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Twisting the fabric of reality – my review of DARK ORBIT by Carolyn Ives Gilman

Carolyn Ives Gilman's mind- and space-bending novel Dark Orbit transports the reader into a uniquely imagined future universe, and it is one of the most original science fiction stories I've read in years. It received high praise from the great Ursula K. Le Guin, and after reading it, I totally understand why. Dark Orbit takes place in… Continue reading Twisting the fabric of reality – my review of DARK ORBIT by Carolyn Ives Gilman

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A fierce spirit & a new perspective on the world – my review of ‘I Am Malala’

I started reading I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb) because I was intrigued by, and interested in Malala: this fiercely well-spoken and outspoken girl who has become a world-famous and almost impossibly inspirational crusader for education. What I didn't necessarily expect… Continue reading A fierce spirit & a new perspective on the world – my review of ‘I Am Malala’

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Hard sci-fi, a dark vision & a soft-ish heart – my review of CIXIN LIU’S ‘The Dark Forest’

The first half of Cixin Liu's novel The Dark Forest (a follow-up to his Hugo Award-winning book The Three Body Problem) is a very good science fiction story. It's well-written, it begins with an intriguing, ant-centric (you'll see) prologue, and it gives the over-worked "alien invasion" plot an original twist: what would happen if human beings knew ahead of time… Continue reading Hard sci-fi, a dark vision & a soft-ish heart – my review of CIXIN LIU’S ‘The Dark Forest’