The Kaiju Preservation Society

John Scalzi ★★★★★ “No one anticipates surprises,” Kahurangi said. “That’s what makes them surprises.” When Jamie Gray decides to swap his doctorate studies for a career at start-up food delivery app füdmüd, he never imagined that he’d end up actually delivering the food, much less have the ridiculous job title of Deliverator™ forced upon him.…… Continue reading The Kaiju Preservation Society

This Charming Man [Stranger Times #2]

C.K. McDonnell ★★★★★ Vampires do not exist. Everyone knows this. So it’s particularly annoying when they start popping up around Manchester . . . Nobody is pleased about it. Not the Founders, the secret organisation for whom vampires were invented as an allegory, nor the Folk, the magical people hidden in plain sight who only…… Continue reading This Charming Man [Stranger Times #2]

The Left Hand of Dog

SI Clarke  ★★★★ When her dog is abducted by intergalactic bounty hunters for a crime she didn’t commit, Lem is taken along for the ride. She’d been making an effort to be more adventurous but waking up squashed into what felt like a coffin with a full-grown German Shepherd on the Starship Teapot was really…… Continue reading The Left Hand of Dog

The Great Troll War [The Last Dragonslayer #4]

Jasper Fforde ★★★ It’s been two weeks since Jennifer Strange (the last dragonslayer) and Princess Shazine (still stuck in the body of the royal dog mess cleaner-upper) returned to Snodd to discover that Zambini Towers had been destroyed by a powerful thermowizidrical blast. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Troll War V had not only…… Continue reading The Great Troll War [The Last Dragonslayer #4]

Cryptofauna

Patrick Canning ★★★★ Working as a janitor St. Militrude’s Home for the Insane and Elderly, Jim considers his existence to be meaningless, so decides to commit a clean, quiet and respectful suicide.  Just before he swallows his pills, an elderly resident whisks him off down a previously non-existent staircase, and a few minutes later Jim…… Continue reading Cryptofauna