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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’

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Stories that creep under your skin – JASON MCINTYRE’S ‘Nights Gone By’

I first became acquainted with Jason McIntyre's writing in the multi-author short story anthology Triptychs where his writing hooked me on the spot - and Nights Gone By is another excellent read. Each story in this collection is a well-written, suspense-filled, and captivating tale - and each one has a twist or an edge or a gleam of darkness that got… Continue reading Stories that creep under your skin – JASON MCINTYRE’S ‘Nights Gone By’

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A mesmerizing mosaic of tales – MIDNIGHT AND MOONSHINE, by Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter

Beneath is a bird cage. Made of polished antler, carved and stained the hue of honey, each rail wound with silver wire. Inside, not clinging to a perch, but huddling at the bottom on a folded piece of gold cloth, is a bird. From 'Seeds', Midnight and Moonshine. Midnight and Moonshine begins with the evocative… Continue reading A mesmerizing mosaic of tales – MIDNIGHT AND MOONSHINE, by Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter

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“If you love this, you are wonderfully crazy” – my review of Gene Wolfe’s ‘Soldier of the Mist’

"If you love this, you are wonderfully crazy." -The Washington Post Book World, reviewing Gene Wolfe's 1986 novel Soldier of the Mist. I guess that means I'm most definitely crazy. Since I finished reading this book the other night (I stayed awake way, way too late in order to finish), I can't stop thinking about it. It's just… Continue reading “If you love this, you are wonderfully crazy” – my review of Gene Wolfe’s ‘Soldier of the Mist’

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Dragons, compassion & magic – a review of J. MICHAEL RADCLIFFE’S short story ‘Scale of a Dragon’

I do have a thing for fantasy, just like I have a thing for science fiction, and J. Michael Radcliffe's short story Scale of a Dragon is a great peek into a fantasy realm I hadn't visited before. The main character in the story is a young woman named Callen who lives alone in the woods with… Continue reading Dragons, compassion & magic – a review of J. MICHAEL RADCLIFFE’S short story ‘Scale of a Dragon’

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Brine, ships & harpoon-wielding mermaids – a review of Lisa L. Hannett’s short story ‘A Shot Of Salt Water’

Accordions unpleated welcoming songs the day the mermaids returned. The first notes droned joyful at dawn, played by young men with wool collars unrolled against the wind. Mattress-clouds bulged above land and water, miles of damp cotton dulling the fishermen’s music. As the sky blanched, fiddlers sawed harmonies, horsehairs screeching on weather-warped bows. Bodhráns were… Continue reading Brine, ships & harpoon-wielding mermaids – a review of Lisa L. Hannett’s short story ‘A Shot Of Salt Water’

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BRAVE NEW WORLDS – gripping dystopian sci-fi stories from new & old writers

Short story anthologies are a staple of the science fiction world, and if shop for ebooks, they are almost literally a dime a dozen! Brave New Worlds is a great anthology with a theme: dystopian stories. Dystopian is the opposite of utopian, so many of these tales are dark, bleak, and chilling. They are also… Continue reading BRAVE NEW WORLDS – gripping dystopian sci-fi stories from new & old writers

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‘From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return’ – short story perfection by Ami Blackwelder

The sky is a dark and heavy rock about to drop. Her light blue shade bleeds violently with grays and dark blues. I am kneeling before my open window. Some short stories pull you in with their very first words. 'From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return', by Ami Blackwelder is one of those… Continue reading ‘From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return’ – short story perfection by Ami Blackwelder

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A great science fiction short story – ‘Incursion’, by Steve Umstead

Steve Umstead's science fiction short story 'Incursion' is a great sci-fi read: well-written and entertaining, creating a believable world and interesting characters quickly and effortlessly. The story takes place in rural area after an alien invasion, and it follows a very young boy who has been recruited to fight the nasty intruders. I really loved… Continue reading A great science fiction short story – ‘Incursion’, by Steve Umstead

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A short story anthology to capture the imagination – TRIPTYCHS (Mind’s Eye Series)

Short story anthologies are a wonderful way to sample the work of different authors, and find new favourite writers in the process. Triptychs is a great example of this. This anthology contains 20 short stories, 4 poems, and 8 original photographs, and the idea behind the anthology is just a bit different than your usual short… Continue reading A short story anthology to capture the imagination – TRIPTYCHS (Mind’s Eye Series)