Book Reviews

Our team review a broad range of books starting with grimdark and dark fantasy, through to cyberpunk, sci-fi, space opera, military SF, and even horror. There are reviews here for almost any type of book you could possibly want, so get stuck in!

REVIEW: A Terrible Fall of Angels by Laurell K. Hamilton

I know that Laurell K. Hamilton is probably not the first name to pop in to one’s mind when grimdark is mentioned. I have been a reader of her books for about two decades,...

REVIEW: Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay

Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay is a whip-cracklingly quick story that immediately pulls you into the nightmare and drowns you in emotions of fear, despair, and a little bit of hope.  Tremblay drops us into Massachusetts...

REVIEW: Fallen Angels by Anna Mocikat

Behind Blue Eyes was a fascinating book by Anna Mocikat that followed the adventures of a cybernetically enhanced super-soldier named Nephilim. Working for a corrupt and evil corporation that ruled most of America, Nephilim...

REVIEW: Civilisations by Laurent Binet

Civilisations may rise and fall, but Civilisations was written by Laurent Binet, translated from the French by Sam Taylor and published in Great Britain by Harvill Secker in 2021. A work entitled with such...

REVIEW: The Escapement by Lavie Tidhar

Lavie Tidhar’s The Escapement is the story of a father’s hopelessness as his son lies dying in a hospital.  The story shifts back and forth between his real world agony and the darkly fantastic...

REVIEW: Behind Blue Eyes by Anna Mocikat

Behind Blue Eyes by Anna Mocikat is the first book of the same series. It is an independently published book and was mentioned in our recent recommendations of indie cyberpunk listicle. While some people...

REVIEW: Half a War by Joe Abercrombie

Half a War is the concluding instalment of Joe Abercrombie’s epic Shattered Sea trilogy. It is a satisfying conclusion to the saga but it is hard to say how without spoiling some of the...

REVIEW: A Ritual of Bone by Lee C. Conley

A little bit fantasy, a little bit horror, A Ritual Bone was a whole lot of awesome. Lee C. Conley crafted an excellent fantasy that is liberally sprinkled with viscera, although never at the...
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REVIEW: The Loop by Jeremy Robert Johnson

The Loop is a freaky story: a little bit War of the Worlds, a little bit Stranger Things, and a little bit, huh?  Have you ever heard of Turner Falls, Oregon? A typical little city with...

REVIEW: The Wisdom of Crowds by Joe Abercrombie

Having absolutely loved A Little Hatred and The Trouble with Peace, my expectations for The Wisdom of Crowds by Joe Abercrombie were absolutely sky high. With this gritty and fun book full of civil unrest, backstabbing, butchery,...