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Read This: The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan

Read This: The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan

The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan (Angry Robot, Aug. 2014)-I’ve been meaning to get to The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter for a while now, but then it got nominated for a Philip K Dick Award, and I figured it was time. Now I’m kicking myself for not getting to it sooner. Elizabeth Barnabus is one of the most marvelous creations in SFF to come around in a long time, and her voice … Continue reading

Read This: The Glittering World by Robert Levy

Read This: The Glittering World by Robert Levy

The Glittering World by Robert Levy (Gallery, Feb. 10th)-Blue’s grandmother has passed away and he’s arrived, along with his three friends Elisa, Jason, and Gabe, in Cape Breton to handle the sale of her house. He figures while they’re there, they might as well enjoy the beautiful setting and relax a bit. Starling Cove is beautiful, home to a former commune, and Maureen, owner of the guest house that they’re … Continue reading

Read This: Cane and Abe by James Grippando

Read This: Cane and Abe by James Grippando

Cane and Abe by James Grippando (Harper, Jan. 20th, 2015)-Miami State Prosecutor Abe Beckham is a newlywed, but he’s still mourning the death of his previous wife, Samantha. His new wife, Angelina, is an old flame, and although they have history, she struggles with the vestiges of Samantha that still remain, most notably her bipolar adult brother JT, who Abe still supports. When Abe becomes involved in the investigation of … Continue reading

Read This: Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Judd Trichter

Read This: Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Judd Trichter

Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Judd Trichter (Thomas Dunne, Feb. 3rd, 2015)-I’m not sure how eager I’d be to live in the future that Judd Trichter depicts in his new book. Robots are the norm, and while some are free roamers, most work for humans and the “life” of a free roamer is usually desperate and hardscrabble. Trichter’s LA is a dark and seamy place, and a … Continue reading

The Kings of London (Breen and Tozer #2) by William Shaw

The Kings of London (Breen and Tozer #2) by William Shaw

The Kings of London by William Shaw (Mulholland, Jan.27th, 2015)-In The Kings of London, William Shaw rejoins DS Cathal “Paddy” Breen and policewoman Helen Tozer as they investigate a series of deaths joined by fire. Breen is a bit adrift after his father’s death, after caring for him for so long and he’s still feeling the fallout after forcing a fellow officer out after discovering he was on the take. … Continue reading

Near Enemy by Adam Sternbergh

Near Enemy by Adam Sternbergh

Near Enemy by Adam Sternbergh (Crown, Jan. 13th, 2015)-Adam Sternbergh follows up Shovel Ready with another crackerjack near future noir. This time, assassin for hire Spademan is called to arm himself once again with his trusty box cutter and take out a bed-hopper named Lesser, who likes to spy on other people’s fantasies in the limnosphere, but Spademan is in for a bit of a shock when Lesser awakes from … Continue reading

Things Half in Shadow by Alan Finn

Things Half in Shadow by Alan Finn

Things Half in Shadow by Alan Finn (Gallery-Dec.2014)-In Alan Finn’s new historical mystery, he plunges his reader into 1860s Philadelphia at the height of the “medium” craze. Our narrator is Philadelphia newspaper reporter Edward Clark who tells the story at a remove of many years, and of course an accumulation of much wisdom, at the behest of his granddaughter, who is always looking for a good tale. The tale he … Continue reading

The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs

The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs

The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs (Gollancz, Aug. 2014)-Since John Hornor Jacobs came onto the scene with Southern Gods, a horror novel that made me weep, I’ve been a rather rabid fan. The man can write. He’s not a one trick pony either. He can tackle southern horror, zombies, and even YA with equal aplomb. Now we come to The Incorruptibles, which is compared to the work of Joe Abercrombie … Continue reading

Gideon by Alex Gordon

Gideon by Alex Gordon

Gideon by Alex Gordon (Harper Voyager, Jan. 6th, 2015)-Lauren Reardon’s father, John, has died, and in sorting through the things he left, discovers a book called the Book of Endor, and in it, a picture of her father as a young boy, but the name on the picture is Matthew Mullins. Puzzling, indeed, but after she spots a mysterious figure outside of her house, and tragedy strikes after asking a … Continue reading

The Deep by Nick Cutter

The Deep by Nick Cutter

The Deep by Nick Cutter (Gallery Books, Jan. 13th, 2015)-As you know, I loved The Troop, so was eager to find out what Nick Cutter had up his sleeve for The Deep. Turns out he had plenty. The man basically committed one of my worst nightmares to print, so on that note… It all starts with a plague called the ‘Gets, thus called because it begins by making you forget … Continue reading

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