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: The Burning Girls by C. J. Tudor

The Burning Girls by C. J. Tudor is an evocative read which kept surprising me throughout. The story centres around a village in rural Sussex where Rev. Jack Brooks and her teenage daughter Flo...

REVIEW: Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

Half the World is the second instalment in Joe Abercrombie’s fantastic Shattered Sea trilogy. I was very glad that when I first read the series I was able to pick this up as soon...

REVIEW: Unity by Elly Bangs

Imagine if humans could perfectly understand one another. What if science opened the possibility for us to transcend the need for language, creating true empathy? What implications would exist if technology could synthesize a...

REVIEW: Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

I received an advanced review copy of Empire of the Vampire in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Jay Kristoff and Harper Voyager. Minor spoilers may follow. “It was the twenty-seventh year...

REVIEW: Blindsight by Peter Watt

Originally published in 2006, Peter Watt’s Blindsight tells the story of what happens when 65,000 alien probes flashed simultaneously, instantaneously surveying the earth. When a probe of our own intercepts an extraterrestrial signal of...

REVIEW: Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo

Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo is one of those delicious books that coast by on vibes more than anything else. Set in Appalachia, this is a story of love and loss, of mystery and...

REVIEW: There Is No Antimemetics Division

The SCP Foundation is a collaborative setting that anyone can add to. It stands for Secure, Contain, and Protect, and deals with a specialized bureaucracy dealing with things that don’t make sense in our...

REVIEW: Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

Half a King has been touted by some outlets as Abercrombie’s foray in to the realm of the ‘young adult’ fantasy novel but do not let the age of our protagonist fool you. This...

REVIEW: When Things Get Dark edited by Ellen Datlow

When Things Get Dark is a new anthology edited by Ellen Datlow. Datlow is a well-respected anthologist, who has won plenty of awards, including the Shirley Jackson Award three times. This made her the...

REVIEW: Bubbles in Space: Tropical Punch by S.C. Jensen

Bubbles in Space: Tropical Punch by S.C. Jensen is a cyberpunk detective novel that manages to somehow be both light hearted and entertaining while also dark as fuck. It’s really all about your attitude in...