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]

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

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

Threadneedle

Cari Thomas ★★★★★ “Magic is the first sin; we must bear it silently” When Anna’s father murdered her mother and killed himself, it was her aunt who took her in. Aunt is a witch, a Binder. Anna is being raised to become a Binder, taught that magic is a curse, a temptation that must be…… Continue reading Threadneedle

Dark Lullaby

Polly Ho-Yen ★★★★ “We used to worry about nuclear weapons, overpopulation, climate change… but not this. Not infertility.” It’s been over twenty years since the last child was conceived naturally. Trying to have a baby involves long, painful, and sometimes fatal fertility treatment, but a successful outcome – a child – is the most precious…… Continue reading Dark Lullaby

The End of Men

Christina Sweeney-Baird ★★★★ It begins in Glasgow – a flu-type virus, fatal to almost half the population. Like any successful virus, it spreads in secrecy, jumping from victim to victim in the early days of infection, spreading asymptomatically and being passed from friend to friend, colleague to colleague, parent to child. By the time the…… Continue reading The End of Men

Nightshifter

L.E. Horn ★★★★ As a vet in Manitoba, Canada, Liam is used to dealing with the aftermath of wild animal attacks on farm animals. When he’s called out to treat a young bison bull, he’s puzzled by the size of the wounds left by its attacker; even more so when he discovers that two other…… Continue reading Nightshifter