Shanna Kopcsik | November 7, 2013
Has Dracula risen yet again? Was he ever truly dead and gone? In Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard, vampires have been known in the world since the Master’s time and this tongue in cheek, witty fourth book in the Anno Dracula series by Kim Newman begs the dangerous question; who is Dracula in a world saturated with vampires?
Phil Redbeard | November 5, 2013
Space western. Those two words usually bring to mind Joss Whedon’s Firefly or something like Cowboys and Aliens. Occasionally one might think of Star Wars, but Star Wars is more epic space fantasy. Star Wars: Kenobi is a classic western with all the elements: the natives, the outlaws, the farmers, the mysterious stranger and is thoroughly Star Wars at the same time.
Phil Redbeard | October 29, 2013
H.G. Well’s alien invasion novel, The War of the Worlds, is well known. It has been adapted for film, theater, and most infamously radio, but with Eric S. Brown, we get a new life breathed into the old story. The War of the Worlds always was a commentary on the fragility of life, the arrogance of human superiority and the triumph of the common man, but Brown takes it one step further: it is now a reflection on the old mores of science fiction and how even something done to death can be reanimated to terrifying appeal.
Ian Carter | October 22, 2013
Recently retired George Hall is a hypochondriac who is convinced the patch of eczema on his leg is skin cancer. His daughter Katie is about to marry a man the family dislikes. His son, Jamie, has split with boyfriend Tony over a small misunderstanding. Meanwhile, George’s wife is having an affair. Mark Haddon’s domestic drama is enjoyable in parts but somehow lacking.
MaraW | October 20, 2013
Imagine a future where you can live as a superhero. Not just any superhero, but one you carefully designed, from the super power to the costume. Welcome to Heropa. Andrez Bergen’s latest novel, Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa?, takes place in the fictional world of Heropa and the grim reality that is a dystopian [...]
Shanna Kopcsik | October 20, 2013
Into every generation, a Slayer is born … and whether they are brief, unfortunate, tragic or triumphant, these are their brave tales of struggle through an unfair and patriarchal rite of passage known as the Tento di Cruciamentum.
Phil Redbeard | October 2, 2013
“Life,” said Marvin dolefully, “loathe it or ignore it, you can’t like it.” – from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Sci-Fidelity is a little weird and a lot entertaining. The novella is populated with multi-faceted characters and vivid descriptions of a life at a crossroads.
Phil Redbeard | September 25, 2013
While the One Ring and all events related to it have made Tolkien world famous, it often seems that his little stories and retellings of old myths were his favorites to write. Both are worth the time it takes to read them, especially if all you know of Tolkien are hobbits, wizards, and elves.
Shanna Kopcsik | September 18, 2013
A zombie book without zombies could be the tagline for the young adult novel Zom-B. The story revolves around B who struggles with being a bully at school, an abusive father at home whom is teaching her how to be racist when she knows underneath being racist is wrong
Shanna Kopcsik | September 11, 2013
Freak, devastating hailstorm, fiery school bus crash, chemical clouds and no adults to guide them, 14 kids face the end of the world as they know it in a superstore, testing their skills, knowledge and ability to survive as their young lives fall apart around them.
Ian Carter | September 5, 2013
Christopher Boone is 15 and has Asperger’s Syndrome. When he finds his neighbour’s dog has been murdered, Christopher wants to find the killer. Mark Haddon’s unusual crossover novel has spawned a stage play and a possible film.
Ashley Darling | August 28, 2013
I will say that what Felicia Day did was no small feat. She took a common misconception about gamers (overweight, introverted males), and actually shed light on the reality of the gaming community. There are gamers of all shapes and sizes, of all nationalities and religions, of all genders. Gamers are not, and have never been, confined to one gender or one personality type. I think Felicia did a fabulous job showing each character as an individual with their own quirks and problems, but also showing the passion they have for their game and their guild.