Science Fiction & Fantasy


Something is in the woods surrounding the quiet town the Rook’s family has settled into. Something ancient. Something relentless. And it is oh so very hungry...

The Cinder Spires: Aeronaut's Windlass

Jim Butcher is well known for his captivating series, whether with a film noir, magical detective style such as the Dresden Files or the Roman era in another time and place through the Codex Alera series. Butcher takes familiar SF tropes and tweaks those creating wonderful new adventures. He has done so again with the first in The Cinder Spires series, The Aeronaut's Windlass.


Parasitology is the newest series written by zombie novel veteran Mira Grant. With the second book having been released last November, and the third and final novel releasing on November of this year, I figured I’d just go ahead and review it now so that the rest of you can suffer in anticipation with me. Mwa ha ha.

SF Books People Claim to have Read

Today, io9 wrote a blog about "10 Books you Pretend to Have Read." Looking over the list, I realized that, while I've not pretended to read books that I have not actually read, there were several books out there I do need to read.  Lists like this are a good way to grasp the history of the genre, see what has changed, and what ideas we are still exploring.

Book Hunters in Brief #81: Jurassic Reads!

Humans weren't around during the heyday of the dinosaurs, and it's a good thing, too--for a number of reasons. Not the least of which is the fact that our  fast tracked evolutionary progress would have, in all likelihood, come to the proverbial screeching halt had our species represented the equivalent of the giant economy-size bag of potato chips for the various giant economy-size carnivores roaming about.

The Demonata

The Demonata is a series written by popular YA author Darren Shan. The series ended with the publication of Hell’s Heroes in 2009, but for fans of horror who aren’t familiar with Darren Shan, he is a gift and this series is a great popcorn (quick and easy) read.

Lockwood & Co

Lockwood & Co is a new series from the author who brought us the Bartimaeus trilogy and you could call it the British answer to Shutter. Set similarly in a world that has become overrun with restless spirits, children and teens gifted with the ability to sense these aggravated apparitions are employed by agencies designed to contain and remove them. Sometimes with séances. Sometimes with salt. Sometimes with swords.


Shutter is the debut novel of author Courtney Alameda. If you ever played the cult video game hit Fatal Frame then this is the book you didn’t know that you were waiting for.

The Wake

In the field of comics and graphic novels, Scott Snyder is a master. His graphic novel The Wake is a prime example of just how much he can really shine as a storyteller.

Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

Johannes Cabal is not a happy customer. A year after selling his soul to a demon for the secrets of Life and Death, he discovers living without it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. So he does the only thing any sensible customer would do in such a situation: demand to see the manager. There’s no return policy for souls in Hell, but Satan is prepared to cut Johannes a deal: he can have his own soul back in exchange for the souls of 100 others. He has one year.

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