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The Kills: The Massive by Richard House

The Kills: The Massive by Richard House

The Kills: The Massive by Richard House (Picador, August 2014)-The US release of The Kills is actually four books in one, and after starting off with a bang with Sutler, it’s time to move onto Book 2: The Massive. The Massive is the “city” at Camp Liberty that all that money that disappeared in Sutler was supposed to fund. It’s Iraq, it’s hot, bullets are flying, IEDs are par for the … Continue reading

Acceptance (Southern Reach #3) by Jeff VanderMeer

Acceptance (Southern Reach #3) by Jeff VanderMeer

Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer (FSG, Sept. 2nd)-Please note: There are no spoilers for this book, but may be minor spoilers for previous books. Have you read Annihilation and Authority and now you’re ready for some answers? Jeff VanderMeer delivers the answers you want, and much more, in Acceptance, the final book in the Southern Reach Trilogy. This is a hard one to review, because it’s kind of the “big reveal” … Continue reading

The Winter Long (October Daye #8) by Seanan McGuire

The Winter Long (October Daye #8) by Seanan McGuire

The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire (DAW-Sept. 2nd, 2014)-The Winter Long is so chock full of revelations, and more than a few answered questions, that revealing any of them, would pretty thoroughly spoil the book for you. So, I’ll keep it short and sweet, and deliberately, and probably annoyingly, vague. Sorry about that… I mean, seriously, when you see back cover copy like this: Toby thought she understood her own … Continue reading

Plague World (Ashley Parker #3) by Dana Fredsti

Plague World (Ashley Parker #3) by Dana Fredsti

Plague World by Dana Fredsti (Titan Books, August 26th, 2014)-(Warning: This assumes you’re caught up with the series. If not, there may be minor spoilers ahead for previous books.) For two books now (Plague Town and Plague Nation), Ashley Parker has been dealing with, and battling, the plague, and the zombies they spawned, like a champ, and Plague Nation was especially harrowing for Ashley and the gang. There was a … Continue reading

Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth

Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth

Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth (House of Anansi (Spiderline))-It’s been twenty years since a terrible, supposedly ritualistic murder was committed in a small town by the sea, and Sean Ward, former detective of the London Metropolitan Police is now working cold cases as a private detective after being badly injured on the job. Corinne Woodrow has been put away for her part in the murder, and as far as the public … Continue reading

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway, Sept 9th, 2014)-For many years the city of Bulikov was protected by the very Devine beings that subjugated and enslaved the rest of the world, but eventually, they were killed, and Bulikov is a crumbling shadow of its former self, where the sick and crippled are left to fend for themselves while the rich still enjoy creature comforts. The city that once … Continue reading

Broken Souls by Stephen Blackmoore

Broken Souls by Stephen Blackmoore

Broken Souls by Stephen Blackmoore (DAW, Aug. 5th, 2014)-Oh, man, have I missed Eric Carter. Shame on Stephen Blackmoore for not writing faster for my enjoyment! Just kidding, I’m willing to wait, because I know it’ll be worth it, and Broken Souls proves that. To catch you up a bit, Eric isn’t exactly the luckiest guy. His sister was murdered not too long ago. His best friend, Alex, is dead, … Continue reading

The Kills: Sutler by Richard House

The Kills: Sutler by Richard House

The Kills (Sutler) by Richard House (Picador, August 5th, 2014)-The Kills is a novel in four parts (originally published as four stand-alone books in the UK), and that’s how I’m going to cover it, as much for my sanity as yours. I don’t mean that in a bad way, at all, but at more than 1,000 pages, The Kills could be called…intimidating. It’s certainly heavy. But don’t let that scare … Continue reading

Seeders by AJ Colucci

Seeders by AJ Colucci

Seeders by AJ Colucci (St. Martin’s Press, July 15th)-The new horror thriller by AJ Colucci features a secluded island, plant communication, and a group of six people secluded on said island for two weeks. Off to a good start, yes? One particular blurb likened it to The Shining crossed with The Ruins, and The Ruins I agree with, but I think I’d put it more in the And Then There … Continue reading

Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke

Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke

Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke (S&S, July 15th, 2014)-I shamefully admit that it’s been awhile since I’ve read anything by the wonderful James Lee Burke. It’s all good, though, because Wayfaring Stranger has reignited my love for his books, and I’ll be devouring the rest of them soon enough. Wayfaring Stranger could be called a thriller, I suppose. It’s paced like one at times. But, oh gosh, it’s so … Continue reading

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