Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Traitor’s Daughter – Paula Brandon

Happy Halloween! I figure since it’s Halloween I ought to review a novel with some kind of horror element. Well let’s see, The Traitor’s Daughter, “is a dark, rich feast, rife with plagues, kidnappings, political intrigues, bloody crimes, bloodier revenges, arcane upheavals, and the threat of zombies.” Zombies! Perfectly Halloween or so the writer of that… Read more »

Shadow Prowler – Alexey Pehov

What a novel!  This is the most entertaining piece of SFF comedy writing I’ve seen since The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.  Alexey Pehov had me absolutely laughing out loud for page after page.  He cleverly poked fun at the genre by including every cliche built up over the past 70 years…. Read more »

Miserere: An Autumn Tale – Teresa Frohock

Religion is a touchy subject matter, isn’t it? Focusing on subjects of faith and belief can easily become unhinged. Preaching or flippancy are equally likely and this is especially true when the a novel is told from only one sect’s point of view (in this case, Christian). I’ve been caught unawares by ‘Christian fiction’ masquerading… Read more »

Giveaway – The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer

Courtesy of the author, I have two signed copies of Courtney’s Schafer’s The Whitefire Crossing to give away.  One of Night Shade Books’ New Voices, Schafer is an electrical engineer and an avid climber.  The latter features heavily in her novel and  I remain hopeful that we’ll see some electrical engineering in book two The Tainted… Read more »

Midnight Riot – Ben Aaronovitch

U.S. Cover. Diana Gabaldon said, “Midnight Riot is what would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz.” I think that’s sort of a red herring. I get it, Harry Potter is wildly successful and the quote targets a massive audience that will enjoy Ben Aaronovitch’s novel. However, if I was asked to… Read more »

Interview with Night Shade Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Lassen

I’ve been pretty open about my praise for the 2011 Night Shade line-up of debut authors. Having positively reviewed The Whitefire Crossing, Seed, The Emperor’s Knife, Necropolis, God’s War, and Infidel, I was interested in finding out what Night Shade’s plan of action was with all these tremendous new authors. Night Shade Books Editor-in-Chief Jeremy… Read more »

More Hilariously Similar Covers

While I’m traveling around California for work, I thought I’d take a look at some covers that seem too similar for mere coincidence!  Check in later this week for reviews of The Traitor’s Daughter by Paula Brandon, Shadow Prowler by Alexey Pehov, and Miserere by Teresa Frohock.  If I have a particularly productive flight home… Read more »

Seed – Rob Ziegler

My self imposed hiatus on Night Shade Books failed miserably this past weekend when I couldn’t resist their latest novel, Seed by Rob Ziegler.  I was going to try to take a few weeks away from Night Shade to get at some of my rapidly overwhelming back catalog.  While I did finish Diving Into the Wreck… Read more »

Diving Into the Wreck – Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Science fiction as a genre has always been based on what if.  What if we brought a man back to life?  What if we gave a computer control of a space station?  What if robots had the ability to reason?  Diving Into the Wreck is very much in this tradition, asking what happens when we start to… Read more »

Cover Conumdrum: Staffer’s Musings and The Qwillery Talk Covers

Sally (The Qwillery) and I were on Twitter the other day – hard to believe I know – when we struck up a conversation on the relative crappiness of U.S. covers to their U.K. counterparts. Admitting there could be some selection bias afoot, we endeavored to discover whether or not the art direction across the… Read more »