SPSFC FINALIST REVIEW: Monster in the Dark, by K. T. Belt

The time is finally upon us. The SPSFC has reached the finals, and we have a finalist review here for you today. This one is of K T Belt’s Monster in the Dark. This book has an SPSFC rating of 4.75 out of 10. Today’s review comes to you courtesy of my fellow judge Ryan.Continue reading “SPSFC FINALIST REVIEW: Monster in the Dark, by K. T. Belt”

SPSFC SEMI-FINALIST REVIEW: Resistance, by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky

For the past few months, we’ve been reading six more semi-finalists from the inaugural SPSFC. Today we’ve got the second full review of these six, which is of Mikhaeyla Kopievsky’s Resistance. This book has an SPSFC rating of 5.00 out of 10. Some genres are more popular than others. Space Opera, for example, is belovedContinue reading “SPSFC SEMI-FINALIST REVIEW: Resistance, by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky”

SPSFC At Boundary’s Edge: Semi-Finalist Gut Reactions 1-3

These are my personal initial impressions of the books allocated to the At Boundary’s Edge team during Phase 2 of the inaugural SPSFC. Ratings are subject to change as I take a closer look at each book. Full length reviews of each book will be posted once the whole team has had a chance toContinue reading “SPSFC At Boundary’s Edge: Semi-Finalist Gut Reactions 1-3”

BOOK REVIEW: We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin

Translated By: Charles E. Gannon Publisher: Penguin Genre: Dystopia Pages: 258 Publication Date: 1924 (This translation 1993) Verdict: 2/5 OneState has eradicated all want. All envy. All greed. The world is united under OneState, but the mission does not stop there. Now OneState reaches for the stars, to bring perfection to other worlds . .Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin”

AUDIO REVIEW: Lux, by Brandon Sanderson & Steven Michael Bohls

Narrator: MacLeod Andrews Series: Texas Reckoners (#1) Genre: Superhero Publisher: Mainframe Runtime: 13hrs 56mins Release Date: 22/07/2021 Verdict: 3/5 The day his brother died, Jax swore an oath to destroy the Epics – the superpowered villains who now rule the world. Throwing himself in with a resistance group called the Reckoners, he trains as anContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Lux, by Brandon Sanderson & Steven Michael Bohls”

BOOK REVIEW: Morning Star, by Pierce Brown

-Hold up! This is a sequel. Find my reviews of Red Rising and Golden Son here– Series: Red Rising (#3) Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Genre: Grimdark SF Pages: 518 Publication Date: 2016 Verdict: 2/5   Darrow is a prisoner. As his rebellion rages on, he is tortured by those he thought he could trust. ButContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Morning Star, by Pierce Brown”

AUDIO REVIEW: The Original, by Brandon Sanderson & Mary Robinette Kowal

Genre: SF Crime Publisher: Mainframe Runtime: 3hrs 24mins Narrator: Julia Whelan Release Date: 14/09/2020 Verdict: 4/5 Holly Winseed wakes up in a hospital to find that her husband is dead, and that she was the killer. Or at least, her original was. The new Holly is a clone, and now has only days to bringContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: The Original, by Brandon Sanderson & Mary Robinette Kowal”

BOOK REVIEW: Pebble in the Sky, by Isaac Asimov

-spoilers for the entire Foundation universe- Publisher: Orb Genre: Time Travel Series: Galactic Empire (#3) Pages: 255 Publication Date: 1950 Verdict: 3/5 Joseph Schwartz, aged sixty two, is accidentally propelled thousands of years into the future. Stranded in an unfamiliar Earth, he learns of a conspiracy that could endanger the entire Galaxy. And also ofContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Pebble in the Sky, by Isaac Asimov”

BOOK REVIEW: Road to Redemption, by Mike Brooks

Publisher: Black Library Genre: Dystopian SF Pages: 302 Publication Date: 02/04/2020 Verdict: 4/5 Zeke of House Cawdor has lost everything in a fire. When it becomes clear that the fire was no accident, and that his loved ones may still be alive, he is left with no choice but to strap on his guns onceContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Road to Redemption, by Mike Brooks”

BOOK REVIEW: The Last Day, by Andrew Hunter Murray

Publisher: Hutchinson Genre: Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian Pages: 424 Publication Date: 06/02/2019 Verdict: 5/5 The year is 2059, and the Earth has stopped spinning. Half the world freezes in perpetual night while the other burns in never-ending sunlight. In the thin strip of survivable land, Britain languishes under a draconian new government. Coming home to visit a dyingContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Last Day, by Andrew Hunter Murray”