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REVIEW: Drones by Rob J. Hayes

Drones by Rob J. Hayes is a cyberpunk novel that may be my favorite of his writings. Rob J. Hayes is no stranger to grimdark and is one of the underrated voices in the...

REVIEW: The Key to Fear by Kristin Cast

In the post-pandemic America of Kristin Cast’s young adult novel The Key To Fear, life in the city of Westfall is entirely geared towards staying safe and healthy. Fifty years after the Cerberus virus...

P. Djèlí Clark Ring Shout

An Interview With P. Djèlí Clark

Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark, a supernatural take on the Ku Klux Klan is probably one of the most timely books to be released in 2020. We at Grimdark Magazine had the honour...

REVIEW: Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Golden Son is the second book in Pierce Brown’s magnificent Red Rising series. In a rarity for a book series, it’s better than book 1, and seeing as how I gave Red Rising a...

REVIEW: Home Fires by Gene Wolfe

Whatever dystopias the late Gene Wolfe may have written, it is perhaps fairer to say that he was more invested in investigating the state of the personality of his characters. We may track this...

REVIEW: Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth

Usually novels end with the villain being vanquished. Not so with Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth. Known for the YA phenomenon Divergent in the early 2010s, this is her adult SFF debut, and it...

Cyberpunk: Where to start reading

Want to understand the surveillance-state dystopia our world has descended into? Need a primer on our cyberpunk present? Desperate to know what comes after the plague? Well friends, you’ve come to the right place....

REVIEW: Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1: Back on the Street by Warren Ellis

Spider Jerusalem of Transmetropolitan is the hero you did not know that you needed. Brash and deranged, Spider yells at the top of his lungs things that make you uncomfortable. And, if you are...

REVIEW: Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse follows protagonist Maggie Hoskie as she lives and battles in the “sixth world.” The Sixth World is the age that has come after climate change and the big floods...

REVIEW: Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig is his magnum opus. It is a colossal story that occupies a sliver of literary real estate between dystopian, science fiction, and current events. It is a symphony of narrative elements...

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