Where’s my robot?

As a kid who grew up obsessed with robots, I have to wonder why I’m still mowing my lawn or grocery shopping. Where’s my personal robot? Perhaps the same place my flying car got lost. Oh well. More seriously, we are on the verge of some very cool robotic things. I had the opportunity to …

BOOK REVIEW OF The Girl in Red

I was conflicted about The Girl in Red. On the one hand, I’d read (and reviewed) Christina Henry’s work before, and knew her to be an excellent writer; on the other, the idea of a “Red Riding-hood” themed novel seemed a recipe for silly cliché. As it turns out, The Girl in Red is hard-core …

Book Review of nEvermore!

Nancy Kilpatrick and Caro Soles bring us: nEvermore!: Tales Of Murder, Mystery & The Macabre – Neo-Gothic Fiction Inspired By The Imagination Of Edgar Allan Poe. This collection was like discovering Poe for the first time all over again. And I’m shocked to find myself stating such a thing. Poe is one of my most …

Book Review of Wrestling With Gods

I picked up Wrestling With Gods (Tesseracts Eighteen) because I’m a sucker for speculative fiction that intersects with religion. On the other hand, I rarely read anthologies, preferring novel length fiction. Nevertheless, I can say that I was happily surprised on several fronts. First, the writing is undeniable excellent throughout. Liana Kerzner and Jerome Stueart …

Book Review of WHAT DREAMS MAY COME

I’ve often been disappointed by a movie based on a book I like. However, when I find that a movie I like is based on a novel I haven’t read, I often find I like the novel. After the death of Robin Williams, I thought about his movie What Dreams May Come. I love this …

Book Review of THE BEAUTIFUL LAND

Alan Averill’s THE BEAUTIFUL LAND was a real surprise for me. I picked it up on a bit of a whim; the premise was interesting and I knew it won the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, so I was curious. Technically it is speculative fiction, but the physics concept is so far beyond the bleeding …

Book Review of The Fate of Mercy Alban

This book is basically a modern gothic set on an imaginary island in Lake Superior. As such, I was looking more for atmosphere than characterization, a light and entertaining read. Through most of the book it delivered, which is good since the characterization was indeed thin. I would have given it a higher rating had …

Short Story Review of PULLED: A FLAWED SHORT STORY

PULLED is a short story in Becca J. Campbell’s “Flawed” series. The first novel in the series, EMPATH, is already out. PULLED is told from the perspective of eight-year-old Juniper. She’s a runaway plagued by unplanned and unwanted teleportation incidents; one moment she is one place, and the next moment another. This is her “flaw.” …