BOOK REVIEW: The Shattered Skies, by John Birmingham

Hold up, this is a Sequel! You can find my review of the previous book by clicking this link. Book Two in The Cruel Stars Trilogy Published in the UK by Head of Zeus On sale from January 11th 2022 504 pages Space Opera The Sturm have returned to Volume space, bringing their mission ofContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Shattered Skies, by John Birmingham”

BOOK REVIEW: Absynthe, by Brendan P. Bellecourt

My thanks go to Head of Zeus for a free copy in exchange for this honest review Series: Absynthe (#1) Publisher: Head of Zeus Genre: Alternate History Pages: 404 Publication Date: 09/12/2021 Verdict: 4/5   Chicago: 1928. But not the one you know. The Great War between the United States and the nations of the St.Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Absynthe, by Brendan P. Bellecourt”

BOOK REVIEW: The Best of World SF Volume 1, edited by Lavie Tidhar

Publisher: Head of Zeus Genre: Various Pages: 583 Publication Date: 01/042021 Verdict: 2/5   In recent years, there has been an explosion of interest in authors from non-English speaking languages. Here in the UK, it certainly seems as though Head of Zeus are leading the charge when it comes to fiction from outside the AnglophoneContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Best of World SF Volume 1, edited by Lavie Tidhar”

BOOK REVIEW: The Cruel Stars, by John Birmingham

Series: The Cruel Stars (#1) Publisher: Head of Zeus Genre: Military SF Pages: 482 Publication Date: 2019 Verdict: 4/5 Long after they were assumed defeated, the Sturm have returned to menace human civilisation once again. In a devastating first strike, they unleash chaos across countless worlds. And they are only just getting started . . .Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Cruel Stars, by John Birmingham”

BOOK REVIEW: Bear Head, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

-spoilers for Dogs of War- Publisher: Head of Zeus Series: Dogs of War (#2) Genre: Social SF Pages: 389 Publication Date: 05/01/2021 Verdict: 3/5 Life on Mars is tough, even when you’ve been engineered to live there. And Jimmy’s life is about to get even worse, because an AI claiming to be a bear isContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Bear Head, by Adrian Tchaikovsky”

BOOK REVIEW: We, Robots, edited by Simon Ings

Publisher: Head of Zeus Genre: Various Pages: 997 Publication Date: 10/12/2020 Verdict: 3/5 Robots. Androids. Machines. Mechanical men. Sometimes they come as conquerors, sometimes they are our slaves. Whether they are the ultimate other, or a reflection of our own desires, robots have a long history in science fiction. Here are one hundred stories fromContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: We, Robots, edited by Simon Ings”

Are YOU a Book Snob?

Something I’ve seen coming up time and again, though moreso in recent months, are articles about elitism and snobbery in the world of books. Now, i’ve been on the receiving end of this snobbery myself. Through several years of university, I had (well, chose) to fight back against academics who thought genre fiction wasn’t worthwhile. AContinue reading “Are YOU a Book Snob?”

BOOK REVIEW: Unconquerable Sun, by Kate Elliott

Publisher: Tor (US)/Head of Zeus (UK) Series: The Sun Chronicles (#1) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 523 Publication Date: 01/10/2020 Rating: 4/5 The Galaxy has fallen into an age of darkness. Amid the chaos, the Republic of Chaonia stands firm against its many enemies. With war once again on the way, young Princess Sun is determinedContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Unconquerable Sun, by Kate Elliott”