Posts Tagged: Hodder

Smiler’s Fair by Rebecca Levene

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Let me know if you’ve heard this story before. A god is reborn in the form of a human child. This child is destined to change the world, to restore everything to balance. The child’sĀ father, the King, wants to kill him because the prophecy threatens his rule. But the child’s mother wants to protect him,… Read more »

The Three by Sarah Lotz

There’s horror and then there’s horror. By that I mean there are novels that fit within the horror genre, with overt applications of “scary” and “suspenseful”, and then there are novels that are generally horrifying, with an ability to elicit dread from a reader. It is the latter category that Sarah Lotz’s first solo novel,… Read more »

Duck and Covers: Are you not entertained?!

I wish Raymond Swanland did more cover work. No one captures motion like he does. Admittedly, his style is so unique as to be almost one-note, but I love it nevertheless. Here he is with a new novel from K.V. Johansen and Pyr. I feel like Swanland really should be illustrating X-Men when I see… Read more »

2013 Juice Box Awards: Book of the Year

I read 101 books this year. 32 weren’t published in 2013, 11 were manuscripts set for publication over the next several years, leaving 58 titles from which I am drawing conclusions about the book of the year. In other words, take what I say with a grain of salt. I haven’t read everything, including what… Read more »

A Quartet of Reviews: ‘Cause I Need to Catch Up

She Who Waits by Daniel Polansky I’ve come to the conclusion that Daniel Polansky is a writer’s writer. By that I mean writers love his work. It isn’t to say that the average reader won’t enjoy She Who Waits or Straight Razor Cure, or Tomorrow the Killing, but that writers will enjoy them more. The… Read more »

Duck and Covers: Joey Hi-Fi Crushes It

There’s almost nothing to said about this, but look at those tentacles. And the letters are made of sea creatures. COME ON, right? Joey Hi-Fi seems to be single handedly changing the expectations of what covers should look like. Man, love this.

The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar

Lavie Tidhar’s The Violent Century has done for World War II what The Watchmen did for the Cold War (and should have done for the Vietnam War). I make that comparison not because both feature humans with superpowers, but because they offer an opportunity to look at real events through a hyperbolic layer. Tidhar, like… Read more »

Tomorrow the Killing by Daniel Polansky

Raymond Chandler, considered one of the greatest crime writers ever, was not always considered as such. He was once quoted as saying about his critics, The thing that rather gets me down is that when I write something that is tough and fast and full of mayhem and murder, I get panned for being tough… Read more »