HEX – This Book Is Cursed And Not In A Good Way

Time for one last spooky book read before the end of October. Usually, it would be prudent to end this hallowed month with a bit of triumphalism. A reminder that all things spooky are good, and the genre's growing presence is reaffirmed. But folks, I have to tell you, I will not be able to…

Slewfoot – Capitalism Is The Real Devil

Time for another horror novel folks, and I have to say this one left me in a bit of a tizzy. Slewfoot, by Brom, is a slow burn historical horror that captures Puritan culture vividly, but falters when delivering on the horror and its themes. Slewfoot is the story of Abitha, an Englishwoman sold as…

The Last House on Needless Street – Don’t Ding Dong Ditch This Book

Halloween is upon us, and that means it’s time for the spooky and the ghoulish to come out and play. I decided to dive deep this year and breathe in the musty air that the dark basements of abandoned homes have in copious supply. The first book is truly a delight, with everything the casual…

No Gods, No Monsters – But Werewolves and Metaphors

Cadwell Turnbull’s sophomore book, and opening novel in the Convergence Saga defies expectation and easy definition. Turnbull’s first book, The Lesson, was one of my favorite books of 2019, so this next one was saddled with high expectations. In a lot of ways, those expectations were met, but I also experienced a lot of confusion…

The All-Consuming World – A Veritable Buffet of Good Times

Cassandra Khaw is a name that has lurked in the back of my mind for a long while now, even though I have never read  her other works. A review of one of her previous works exists on the site, and though I didn’t get to those stories (yet), those words ring true about her…

Light Chaser – I Can See Paradise?

Despite a rough experience with the Night’s Dawn trilogy, I once again find myself enjoying Peter F. Hamilton’s ability to create worlds. I found myself lured by two of Light Chaser’s promises. One, Light Chaser is a novella instead of a 2000 page epic; and two, he has a co-author, Gareth Powell. I figured why…

Sword of Destiny – It’s In Your Future

Many years ago, before I joined the site, Andrew reviewed a little book called The Last Wish. After watching the Netflix adaptation last year, pressure from a couple of friends, and a series of YouTube videos (by the wonderful Eric Sophia at their channel Curio) about the franchise, I decided to dive headlong into the…

Xenogenesis – Appreciation in the Twilight

A few weeks ago, I reviewed Dawn by Octavia Butler. I’m following up on my promise to review the entire series, and boy was it worth it. While short, the Xenogenesis trilogy packs a huge punch. Adulthood Rites and Imago follow the events of Dawn, diving into the lives of the protagonist’s (Lilith) children. After…

The Fallen – I Get Knocked Down…And I Get Up Again

Earlier this year I read The Outside, a sleeper of a novel that I just simply adore. It explored neurodivergence with care, and thematically centered it against a backdrop of conformity. I eagerly awaited the sequel and I was not disappointed. The Fallen, by Ada Hoffmann, is a solid, if shorter, sequel that continues the…

The Hand Of The Sun King – Solar Power

Lately, there has been no shortage of Eastern-inspired fantasy, and I doubt we’re even close to a drought. There are countless epics, wuxia, and even more personal stories. However, I personally have not encountered a lot of fiction that dives into the philosophy of eastern traditions. Luckily, J.T. Greathouse wanted to throw his western hat…