The Doll [Children’s House 5]

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir  ★★★★ When Disa and her daughter Rósa go on a fishing trip, the most Disa expects to bring home is a couple of fish. Instead, they net a doll, one-eyed and encrusted in barnacles and worms, a hideous, broken thing that Disa wants to throw back, but Rósa insists on keeping. By morning,…… Continue reading The Doll [Children’s House 5]

The Final Girl Support Group

Grady Hendrix ★★★ “Men die because they make mistakes. Women? We die because we’re female.” To the casual observer, the group of women would appear to have little in common. They meet monthly in the church basement, arriving one by one and leaving alone. What the observer cannot know is that this is a meeting…… Continue reading The Final Girl Support Group

July Releases

Wow, what happened to June? How are we at the end of the month already? Most of my reads this month have been about catching up with ongoing and TBR series. I’ve finished the Percy Jackson series, but also discovered that there’s a secondary series which is now added to the list I was supposed…… Continue reading July Releases

Subject Twenty One

A.E. Warren ★★★ In the twenty-third century, humanity isn’t limited to just Homo sapiens. A deadly pandemic and the famine that followed led to humans experimenting with their genome in an attempt to makes themselves more resilient. Now there are two newer, better human species, and Homo sapiens has been pushed to the bottom of…… Continue reading Subject Twenty One

A Master of Djinn

P. Djèlí Clark  ★★★★★ In 1912, England and the Empire were no longer of great import, while Egypt had risen to be one of the great world powers. 40 years ago, the mystic al-Jahiz opened a portal between the mundane and magical worlds and the djinn were loosed on the world, bringing sorcery, alchemy, and…… Continue reading A Master of Djinn

This Fragile Earth

Susannah Wise ★★★ In a near future world in which everything – utilities, transport, agriculture, communications, medicine, even pollination – is run by a single centralised computer system, what happens when that computer shuts down? This Fragile Earth is the tale of one family trying to survive in their new world. I found the novel…… Continue reading This Fragile Earth

June Releases

May has been mostly spent reading urban fantasy, namely Jasper Fforde’s The Last Dragonslayer series, Mark Hayden’s King’s Watch series, and the fantastic Left-Handed Booksellers of London, by Garth Nix.  Urban fantasy seems to be where my head is at right now, so I’m just going with it. The Last Dragonslayer is technically YA, but…… Continue reading June Releases

The Essential John Wyndham: The Pulp Fiction Collection

John Wyndham, edited by Christopher Broschell ★★★ Whether they realise it or not, most people will be passingly familiar with at least one John Wyndham work, even if they’ve only seen it on film or TV and took no notice of the writer’s name in the credits. The most common is probably The Day of…… Continue reading The Essential John Wyndham: The Pulp Fiction Collection

Howls from Hell

Foreword by Grady Hendrix ★★★ The HOWL (Horror-Obsessed Writing and Literature) Society came to being as a subreddit gathering of horror fans and writers, and, as the saying goes, the rest is history. Howls from Hell is their first anthology, featuring sixteen emerging authors. Anthologies are always a mixed bag, but they are a great…… Continue reading Howls from Hell

Anna

Sammy HK Smith ★★★ In her post-apocalyptic world, she has chosen to leave her home and wander the wastelands, subsisting on what she can scavenge and hunt. Women have become mere chattel in this new reality, bought and sold and violated at the whim of the men who snare them, so she avoids human contact,…… Continue reading Anna