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malrubius

malrubius is a mysterious and grumpy lover of grimdark fiction.

REVIEW: Persephone Station by Stina Leicht

Persephone Station is the upcoming science fiction novel by multi-award-nominated sci-fi and fantasy author Stina Leicht (The Fay and the Fallen, The Malorum Gates). The novel tells the story of a band of mercenaries...

REVIEW: The Book of Dragons ed. Jonathan Strahan

I came across The Book of Dragons anthology, edited by prolific, award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan, while I was looking for a good upcoming book to review. Of course, I always look for something grim...

REVIEW: The Seventh Perfection by Daniel Polansky

I love a carefully conceived, beautifully executed, challenging narrative, but if someone had told me that the new novella by Daniel Polansky (Low Town trilogy) was written in the second-person point of view, I...

REVIEW: The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water is the new fantasy novella from British Fantasy Award and Hugo winner, Zen Cho. The story follows a small gang of “roving contractors” (aka bandits)...

REVIEW: Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus

Imagine that Stephen King wrote E.T., and you’ll have an idea of what’s it’s like to read Bent Heavens, the new science fiction horror novel by Daniel Kraus (co-author of the Shape of Water...

Foreign Devils by John Hornor Jacobs

Review: Foreign Devils by John Hornor Jacobs

Foreign Devils by John Hornor Jacobs is the recent follow-up to his 2014 novel The Incorruptibles. It is a beautifully written, ambitious, and refreshing work even if it fails to deliver a satisfying ending...

Faithless by Graham Austin-King

REVIEW: Faithless by Graham Austin-King

Faithless, from Graham Austin-King (The Riven Wyrde Saga), is an intelligent, complex, exciting, dark, and somewhat transgressive story about a young man’s journey from poor son of a farmer to, well, you’ll have to...

The Liar's Key by Mark Lawrence

Review: The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence

Reading The Broken Empire trilogy really changed the way I view fantasy. It was after reading this trilogy that I discovered and began to define for myself what grimdark is. As a kid I...

The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis

Review: The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis

There I was, looking for a break from the usual sword-and-slashery that we all love so much, when I took to Amazon to find my next read. I had just finished reading Sebastien de...

REVIEW: The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht

The Monster of Elendhaven is the upcoming debut novella from Jennifer Giesbrecht, and, boy, it’s a doozie.  It is mostly the story of Johann, who washes up on the poisonous black shores of Elendhaven,...