Book Reviews

Being an aspiring author means I read a lot, and I enjoy the challenge of critiquing books as I read them. Because of this, I”m not the fastest reader, but I put a lot of thought into my evaluation. It also means I don’t have time to read books I don’t like, and only finish about ten percent of the books I start reading.

I review for the 2012 and 2013 Hugo Award winner for Best Fanzine, SF Signal. I also recently took over Adventures in SciFi Publishing, a podcast and review site, so I sometimes review there as well. I’ll try to link here when new reviews go up, but the best way to see all of my reviews is to check out my Goodreads page. My review policy is posted on the Adventures in SciFi Publishing Contact Page. As I say above, I’m very picky, but you are free to send me your book in case it meets my mood and taste.

Here are my reviewed books so far (or float on the subheader tab on the menu bar to browse by category):

FANTASY:

2013

14 by Peter Clines (3/5)
The Eighth Court by Mike Shevdon (4/5)
No Return by Zachary Jernigan (4/5)
The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty (3/5)

2012

Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan
-Volume 1: Theft of Swords (5/5)
-Volume 2: Rise of Empire (4/5)
Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
- Volume 1: A Game of Thrones (5/5)
The Black God’s War by Moses Siregar III (5/5)
Winter by Keven Newsome (4.5/5)
Mind Over Mind by Karina Fabian (4.5/5)
The Books of Mortals by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
-Volume 1: Forbidden (4.5/5)
Courts of the Feyre by Mike Shevdon
-Volume 1: Sixty One Nails (4/5)
-Volume 2: The Road to Bedlam (4/5)
-Volume 3: Strangeness and Charm (4/5)
-Volume 4: The Eighth Court (4/5)
Marco and the Red Granny by Mur Lafferty (4.5/5)
Blink of an Eye by Ted Dekker 4
Age of Discovery Trilogy by Michael J. Stackpole
-Volume 1: A Secret Atlas (4/5)
Light of Eidon by Karen Hancock (4/5)

SCIENCE FICTION

2013

Novels:

vN by Madeline Ashby (4.5/5)
Like Water for Quarks (Edited by Elton Elliot and Bruce Taylor (3.5/5)
Extinction Point by Paul Antony Jones (2.5/5)
Shift Omnibus by Hugh Howey (3.5/5)
First Shift - Legacy by Hugh Howey (4.5/5)
Second Shift – Order by Hugh Howey (4/5)

2012

Novels:

Hellhole by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (3.5/5)
The Explorer by James Smythe (5/5)
Chimera: Book 3 of Subterrene War by T.C. McCarthy (4/5)
Nexus by Ramez Naam (4/5)
Germline: Book 1 of Subterrene War by T.C. McCarthy (5/5)
Exogene: Book 2 of Subterrene War by T.C. McCarthy (4.5/5)
Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey (5/5)
Haywire by Justin Macumber (4/5)
Acts of the Apostles by John F.X. Sundman (3.5/5)
Legendary Space Pilgrims by Grace Bridges (3.5/5)
Invasive Procedures by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (4/5)

Short Fiction:

“The Walk Up Nameless Ridge” (Kindle Single) by Hugh Howey (5/5)
“Sunshine” by T.C. McCarthy (4/5)
“The Plagiarist” by Hugh Howey (5/5)

Horror

Extinction Point by Paul Antony Jones (2.5/5)
Flu by Wayne Simmons (Audiobook narrated by Michael Kramer) (2/5)
Children of the Night by Dan Simmons (2.5/5)
The Narrows by Ronald Malfi (4/5)
The Wicked by James Newman (4/5)
I, Zombie by Hugh Howey (4.8/5)
Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo (4/5)
Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry (4.3/5)
Wanted: Dead or Undead by Angela Scott (3/5)
Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne (4.7/5)
Summer of Night by Dan Simmons (4.7/5)
Beyond Exile: Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne (4.8/5)
Winter by Keven Newsome (4.6/5)
The Resurrection by Mike Duran (4/5)
Rise Again by Ben Tripp (4.5/5)
Dead City by Joe McKinney (3.5/5)

Short Fiction:
Permanent Damage by Michael Montoure
“Dark Metaphor” by Colin F. Barnes
“Herman Wouk is Still Alive” by Stephen King
“One Last Sunset” and “Cold Season” by Michael Montoure (both from his collection, Slices)
“Plastic” by J.L. Bryan
“Pearls” by Ed Kurtz
One Buck Horror Volume 4
One Buck Zombie
Best New Zombie Tales: Volume 1

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