Celerity

Scott Falcon ★★★ Celerity /sɪˈlɛrɪti/ noun [mass noun] archaic or literarySwiftness of movement.ORIGIN late 15th cent. : from Old French celerite, from Latin celeritas, from celer ‘swift’[Oxford English Dictionary] Celerity is in her first year at UCLA, hoping to earn a track scholarship for her second. She ran track for her school, and now she…… Continue reading Celerity

Freefight [Darkon Rising 3]

L.E. Horn ★★★ In the action-packed conclusion of the Darkon Rising trilogy, the stakes could not be higher. The Gryphons and their allies must destroy the Tlok’mk superweapon or lose everything; if the shield protecting Tarin from the hulking Fang motherships falls, all is lost. Leanndra has discovered a way to communicate with the diminutive…… Continue reading Freefight [Darkon Rising 3]

Freefire [Darkon Rising 2]

L.E. Horn ★★★ Following their abduction and enslavement by the savage reptilian Tlok’mk, Lianndra, Michael and their group of fellow rebels are on the run, aiming to seek shelter and support among those who they’ve been forced to fight, the Gryphons. Under the constant threat of re-capture by the Farr-led squads, and the new threat…… Continue reading Freefire [Darkon Rising 2]

Freeforce [Darkon Rising 1]

L.E. Horn ★★★★ After losing her twin sister, Leanndra came to Bodega Bay to escape the well-meaning attention of family and friends who’d been constantly hovering around her since the accident. She wanted solitude but, instead, she met Michael. Their growing relationship is interrupted when they are hunted down and captured by a group of…… Continue reading Freeforce [Darkon Rising 1]

The Other

Matthew Buscemi ★★★ The Other is an on-the-nose futuristic sci-fi cum political thriller. Set in the last remaining human enclave of what appears to be our planet, the novel explores the differences between and possible outcomes of liberalism and populism. It’s the dying days of the presidential campaign in the Reclamation, the group of cities…… Continue reading The Other

Monstre [Volume One]

Duncan Swan ★★★★ Deep beneath the Switzerland/France border sits the Large Hadron Collider, built in the quest for answers to some of theoretical physics’ most elusive questions. It was supposed to be safe, but when a malfunctioning experiment explodes, all a rag-tag group of scientists can do is flee the facility and try to make…… Continue reading Monstre [Volume One]

The Doors of Eden

Adrian Tchaikovsky ★★★★ The Doors of Eden isn’t so much genre spanning as genre destroying. It begins with a pair of cryptozoologists hunting for birdmen on Bodmin Moor, and ends with… well, that would be spoiling it. Along the way, it flits through virtually every fiction genre going, with so many twists and turns that…… Continue reading The Doors of Eden

Golden State

Ben H. Winters ★★★★ Set in a future dystopia where lies, no matter how small or well-intentioned they may be, are criminal acts, Golden State is a murder mystery with a twist.  Laszlo Ratesic is a citizen of the Golden State, and a detective of the Speculative Service; a man with a psychic gift (or…… Continue reading Golden State

The Last

Hanna Jameson ★★★★ The Last is a curious genre-spanning novel which works surprisingly well. Guests and staff at a remote Swiss hotel are blindsided by the news of nuclear strikes on Washington and London, and those who don’t immediately flee decide that they’re safer staying where they are, away from population centres that may also…… Continue reading The Last