Beyond Redemption – Insanely Interesting

I tend to shy away from anything that self-identifies as “grimdark”. For those that are unfamiliar, grimdark stories often feature an anti-hero, generally unlikable characters, gritty dark writing, and a whole lot of tragedy. Grimdark books often tend to overreach for shock value in their writing and it can be a huge turn off when…

Snakewood – Plot vs. Prose

Thanks to the lovely folks over at Netgalley, I have yet another ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy) to talk about this week. Snakewood, by Adrian Selby, is a fantastic vengeance story that takes a spin on the dark mercenaries trope. It follows the story of a mercenary company in retirement as they are slowly assassinated, while…

The Dragon Round – Potential Murdered By Pacing

ARCs (advanced reading copies) are the mystery boxes of my library. The number of books that are published, even just in fantasy and sci-fi, is astounding. In order to make choices about which of the many releases to actually read, I put a lot of work in before acquiring books.  When I purchase a book,…

The Last Days of Magic – Blurring The Line Between Fact And Fiction

Historical fiction is a fairly new genre for me. In an attempt to relieve reading fatigue and expand my horizons I have been looking to new types of books to slide into the fantasy and sci-fi mix. Historical fiction was an easy step, with its blending of the real and imaginary. However, one of the…

Written In Fire – Going Out In A Blaze Of Glory

Back in 2013 I was walking through a bookstore and the cover of Brilliance, by Marcus Sakey, caught my eye. I was lured in by its stand out art and the blurb on the back of the book promising a different take on mutants. The book focused around mutations that improved a person’s abilities like…

Ruin And Writing – An Interview With John Gwynne

It is an unfortunate fact of life that there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything. Due to this, every time a reader makes a ‘best of’ list there are invariably going to be some gems that slipped through the cracks simply due to time constraints. This year, Ruin falls into that category.…

Perdido Street Station – Foul And Fanciful

Perdido Street Station is the first of the New Crobuzon series by China Miéville. The series is made up of semi-stand alone stories (they are independent but have a few recurring characters) about inhabitants of a giant metropolis in a fantasy world. This particular story follows two individuals: Issac, a human mad scientist who works…