The Fall of Babel – Some Assembly Required

Congratulations to Josiah Bancroft for completing what must have felt like a Herculean task. For those that do not know, The Book of Babel began as a self-published series that slowly gained a cult following until it was picked up by a major publisher. With the fourth and final book, The Fall of Babel, coming…

Descender Volume 6: The Machine War – Powering Down

And now...the end is near...and so we face the final curtain. Descender Volume 6: The Machine War delivers an epic conclusion to this sci-fi saga. Not without its kinks, it’s a well-built denouement that ties up the arcs we’ve followed for 32 issues.  The Machine War opens with two chapters set 4,000 years in the…

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A Definitive Guide to SFF Monsters

For someone who gets scared easily, I--perhaps paradoxically--love reading about the monsters and creatures that stalk the pages of SFF. They always fascinate me, and I find them more terrifying than a human villain ever could be. As the veil begins to thin, take a look at this list of monsters I’ve lost sleep over.…

Descender Volume 5: Rise of the Robots – Heating Up

We’ve got “last stands” and “epic conclusions” all over the sci-fi and fantasy world, but they’re only made impactful by the all-is-lost moments that precede them. And in the six-volume Descender saga, by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, Rise of the Robots serves up that all-is-lost moment with a dash of hope.  Descender Volume 5…

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…

The Veiled Throne – Elevated Fusion

Ken Liu has been quietly carving out a nook in the annals of epic fantasy, and not enough people are reading his work. The Dandelion Dynasty is enormous; a four-book series with installments that are roughly 1000 pages each. Book three, The Veiled Throne, is coming out soon, and it’s an absolute must-read. However, one…

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…