Review: Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

A steampunk-mystery-romance (it certainly spans multiple genres); Phoenix Rising is a light-hearted confection of a novel. The novel features the pairing of Eliza D Braun and Wellington Books* leading to the duo of Books and Braun. The book opens by introducing us to Eliza Braun as she rescues Wellington Books from the villains who have […]

Review: "Star Wars: Red Harvest"

Following the success of last year's "Death Troopers," "Red Harvest" gives us another zombie/"Star Wars" mash-up. This time instead of zombies attacking and eating the brains of storm troopers, it's the Jedi taking on zombies. And not just any Jedi, mind you but an isolated training camp of Sith apprentices. On the surface it seems […]

Review: "Feed" by Mira Grant

"Feed" is fascinating, compelling and while it runs for close to 600 pages, the novel never feels long or drawn out. Grant expertly sets up the world within the first 100 pages and then slowly begins to examine the implications of what we've learned about her universe over the rest of the novel.   [Read more...]

Review: The Prisoner

Let me adjust my tin foil hat. I think I need it after mainlining Daniel Suarez's Daemon and Freedom, followed by Cory Doctorow's Little Brother and finally finishing with Carlos Cortes's The Prisoner. I’m reviewing The Prisoner by Carlos Cortes. Published by Spectra in October 2009. Amazon Canada has it listed for $9.89. If there […]

Review: Omnitopia Dawn by Diane Duane

This was a refreshing read. A.I. has been through the ringer when it comes to scenarios, but Diane Duane brought something new to the table. It’s fascinating to see such an expansive game from multiple points of view – the players, the creators, etc.   [Read more...]

Review: Troubled Waters

This is a review of Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn. The trade paperback was published by Ace in October 2010. Amazon Canada has it listed for $19.53. This review is based on an early ARC of the book. I plunged right into  Troubled Waters and when I finished it, I started all over again and re-read […]

Review: Star Wars: Crosscurrent by Paul S. Kemp

Crosscurrent is smartly written, with a timeline just jumpy enough to keep you intrigued, and a cast of characters that make you care what happens to them.   [Read more...]

Review: Star Wars: Death Troopers

In the limitless reaches of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, it’s quite shocking to consider that zombies do not appear more often. Well, until now. In Death Troopers, the horror of the undead is brought to the population of an Imperial prison barge, in particular two young brothers, the chief medical officer, and a couple familiar faces I won’t spoil.   [Read more...]

Review: Finding the Way and Other Tales of Valdemar

This is a Review of "Finding the Way: and Other Stories of Valdemar". Edited by Mercedes Lackey. This review is based on an ARC. "Finding the Way" was released in December. Chapters Canada has it listed at $9.99. Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books are the reader's equivalent of coming home after a long day; putting on […]

Review: Dust by Joan Frances Turner

In Dust we get to experience zombie matters from the eyes of the source, as it were, and what a strange experience it is. The undead are not romanticized in this novel, so you might not want to eat before or during your reading session. Nausea may ensue.   [Read more...]

Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

This is a review of “Soulless” by Gail Carriger. Published in paperback by Orbit  in October  2009. Amazon Canada has it listed for $9.99.  This is the first book in the “Parasol Protectorate” series. I returned from holidays to one of the worst fates that can happen to a book nerd -– a sewer backup. […]

Review: "Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void" by Mary Roach

A fascinating look at the realities of space travel. Science fiction movies and novels dealing with long exploration missions to deep space rarely deal with the complexities of our bodies surviving during the long journey through space. Or as the old question asks, "Where does Captain Kirk go to the bathroom?" Mary Roach's "Packing for […]

Review: "Night of the Living Trekkies"

Ever since zombies invaded the pages of Jane Austen with great success, publishers have been searching for the next great mash-up novel. Earlier this year, we got “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter,” a funny take on the historical biography that asked what if Honest Abe was really a vampire slayer? On the other end of the spectrum is the Hugo-nominated zombie/steampunk novel “Boneshaker.”   [Read more...]

Review: The Mousehunter by Alex Milay

When I first saw the cover I said, "Hmmm, this might be a cute kid's book." I was right, but also very, very wrong. Turns out, it is a lot more here than what I thought there would be. But I am getting ahead of myself.   [Read more...]

Review: Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Graphic Novel)

This graphic novel is perfect for anyone that has seen the movie or read the books, and wants to remember this great story. But more than that, this would be perfect if you have young kids that would be bored with the movie, but you want to share this with them. They would love this book and could act as a gateway to get them to read the novels.   [Read more...]

Review: Black Blade Blues by J. A. Pitts

The thing I love about urban fantasy is that it doesn’t take place in some pretend land where everyone can shoot lightning from their eyeballs – it’s here, where we live. There’s always the little extra bit of excitement that it could happen when the story is set in a town you’ve been to, maybe even lived in.   [Read more...]