When Gravity Fails (Marid Audran #1) by George Alec Effinger Book Review
06, Jan


WHEN GRAVITY FAILS by George Alec Effinger is one of the seminal works of science fiction but, sadly, has fallen out of reading order for a lot of modern fans. Which is a sham because it does belong there with Neuromancer, Snow Crash, Hardwired, and Synners. It still has a lot of respect but is something that should probably come up more. It is dark, gritty, imaginative, and presents a vision of the future that not only remains internally consistent but socially relevant. Has it aged 100% well? Not entirely, no, but better than a lot of other fiction from the Eighties.

Leviathan Falls (The Expanse #9) by James S.A. Corey Book Review
01, Jan


LEVIATHAN FALLS is the final installment of the Expanse series and an overall satisfying one. We've been through the Rocinante's adventures past numerous events like the Protomolecule, Ringates, devastation of Earth at the hands of Marco Inaros, and then the rise of Laconia. We finally get a resolution to the plot of the Goths, though, and dealing with a foe that is so far above humanity that they wiped out a race who was already millions of years more advanced than mankind.

Shadow City (Tales of the Shadow City #1) by Anna Mocikat Book Review
31, Dec


SHADOW CITY by Anna Mocikat is first volume of her TALES OF THE SHADOW CITY chronicles that is a genre busting post-apocalypse adventure story. I can't really think of any other novels like it with its mixture of monsters, cyborgs, the supernatural, and survival horror. If I had to make a comparison, it reminds me of both EX-HEROES by Peter Clines crossed with the FALLOUT games. Except instead of 1950s Americana, Anna Mocikat draws from THE MATRIX-style Nineties antiheroes.

Blade Runner 2019 Vol. 1: Los Angeles (Blade Runner #1) by Titan Publishing Book Review
23, Dec


Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a huge BLADE RUNNER fan. I mean, I am a fan to a ridiculous level and I have an addition to not just the original film but the sequel, original DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP, its comic book adaptation, and even own a copy of the video game. So, I was definitely going to get these comic book spin offs even before I knew if they were any good. Are they any good? Oh hell yes. This is one of those rare comic books that I think is something that people should get even if they don't normally read comic books. You can even apply the snooty "graphic novel" term for them.

The Machine Killer (Cyberpunk City #1) by D.L. Young Book Review
08, Dec


CYBERPUNK CITY: THE MACHINE KILLER is a cyberpunk thriller that I very much enjoyed. As anyone who knows me can attest, I am a huge fan of cyberpunk. Almost as much as I am of vampires. There's no vampires here but unlike the undead, the cyberpunk genre has a dearth of books being put out every year. So I was very happy to find a series that would make use of all the tropes of the near future dystopias envisioned by William Gibson, Mike Pondsmith, Ridley Scott, and Bruce Sterling. If you were left with an unsatisfied craving after the mixed results of Cyberpunk 2077 then I'm happy to recommend this work.

Dames for Hire: HoloCity Case Files #1 (Bubbles in Space) by S.C. Jensen Book Review
07, Dec


DAMES FOR HIRE is a prequel spin-off of the BUBBLES IN SPACE series by S.C. Jensen. Bubbles in Space is a Neo-Noir thriller series set in HoloCity, a cyberpunk dystopia. Without spoiling, her private eye career takes something of a sideline to larger events so this seems to be based on the kind of cases she took before the first book. In other words, the main series is cyberpunk adventure while this is more detective series. I'm entirely cool with that.

Fallen Angels (Behind Blue Eyes #2) by Anna Mocikat Book Review
26, Nov


BEHIND BLUE EYES: FALLEN ANGEL is the sequel to BEHIND BLUE EYES by Anna Mocikat. It follows up after the traumatic ending where our heroine discovers that resisting a totalitarian mind-controlling corporatocracy isn't as easy as it sounds. The situation is pretty terrible with Metatron keeping her as his mistress and, worse, Nephilim not even knowing that she's supposed to hate him.

Super (Superhero Novels for Adults #1) by Ernie Lindsey
20, Nov


There's a lot of superhero novels out there but only rarely as they any good. I say this as someone who writes superhero novels that are clearly the greatest thing ever written. Still, I absolutely love prose superhero fiction and I was recommended this novel by my good friend Steve Caldwell (The Bookwyrm Reads). He said that I would absolutely love this novel and, you know what, he was right. I guess I owe him a coke.

Starship's Mage (Starship's Mage #1) by Glynn Stewart Book Review
20, Oct


STARSHIP'S MAGE is a book that has been sitting on my Kindle for some time and I am kicking myself for not reading it sooner. It is a book that I strongly recommend on the basis of simply being a fun read that provides a simple but consistent space opera setting. I have some issues with the book (technically omnibus of four novellas) but it is, overall, one of the better things you can pick up on Kindle Unlimited.

Sabbat: The Black Hand (Vampire: The Masquerade) by Renegade Game Studios
25, Sep


SABBAT: THE BLACK HAND is the latest supplement to come out for Vampire: The Masquerade Fifth Edition as well as the first to come from new license holder Renegade Games Studios. The Sabbat have long been one of the three bedrocks of the setting with the other two (The Camarilla and Anarchs) having their own supplements. The fact the Sabbat did not have a supplement before now and were left conspicuously undetailed has been a source of controversy among the fandom. Even more so with the revelation that, even in this book, they would be regulated to NPC antagonists rather than player characters as have been available since 1992.