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

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

Shards of Earth [The Final Architecture #1]

Adrian Tchaikovsky ★★★★★ The Architects came for Earth first. Humanity had nothing to stop them, so Earth fell, torn asunder and remade at the Architect’s whim. Decades and many dead planets later, our last best hope were the Intermediaries, a handful of surgically altered humans borne into space by a female warrior caste, the genetically…… Continue reading Shards of Earth [The Final Architecture #1]

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

One Day All This Will Be Yours

Adrian Tchaikovsky ★★★ “Nobody know where they were when the Causality War started.” At some point in the past, the Causality War began. Nobody knows who started it, when it was started, or exactly how it was started. It was not a war of bombs and guns, but a war that weaponised time itself. Once…… Continue reading One Day All This Will Be Yours

January Releases

Yay, 2021! It’s got to be better than last year. Please let it be better than last year. Please? I’ve had a trawl through the new releases for January, and there’s not really all that much for me this month. Of the two that stood out to me, one is a sequel to 2017’s Dogs…… Continue reading January Releases

Ghost Species

James Bradley ★★★ When scientists Kate and Jay are summoned to Tasmania by an unknown person to discuss a mysterious project, they decide that the trip is worth it just for a change of scenery on somebody else’s expense account. The last thing they expect is to be asked to head a secretive and ethically…… Continue reading Ghost Species

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