Cirsova Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense, Volume 2 #12, ed. P. Alexander

Alexander gathers tales that, while they are set in very different worlds and might not always agree on all the nuances of morality, are united by their focus on people of strong character taking action rather than succumbing to circumstance. This magazine contains six short stories, two novelettes, and three extracts from longer works, each … Continue reading Cirsova Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense, Volume 2 #12, ed. P. Alexander

Deal or No Deal: A Case from the Midnight Eye Files by William Meikle

Meikle crafts a tale of a detective with a love of mundane spirits finding himself facing the supernatural kind. There’s nothing unusual about private eyes being asked to find people. However, rather than the usual tale of a missing family member, Derek Adams’ latest client shares a tale of university friends selling their souls for … Continue reading Deal or No Deal: A Case from the Midnight Eye Files by William Meikle

Elva of the Seas by Jordan Elizabeth

Elizabeth reverses the fantasy trope of a commoner rising to become the monarch, instead following an heir who is replaced. Combined with fast-paced action and an interesting world, this creates an engaging variation on the standard tale. This is the third book in Elizabeth’s Serpent Riders series. Possible spoilers ahead. Elva spent most of her … Continue reading Elva of the Seas by Jordan Elizabeth

Wake the Dead by Baileigh Higgins

Higgins delivers another highly plausible tale of post-apocalyptic struggle that shows the biggest threat to life can be the absence of the infrastructure that Western society assumes will exist. Note: while the author is blessed with a spiffing surname we are unrelated by blood or marriage. This novel is the third in Higgins’ Heroes of … Continue reading Wake the Dead by Baileigh Higgins

Emma and the Box of Wonder by Matthew S. Cox

Cox skilfully balances the simpler perspective of the young with the underlying complexity of realistic worlds, creating a fast-paced fantasy adventure that is accessible without sacrificing depth. This is the sixth volume in Cox’s Tales of Widowswood series. Potential spoilers for prior volumes ahead. Emma and her sister Kimber expect spending the day with their … Continue reading Emma and the Box of Wonder by Matthew S. Cox

Ink For Blood by Kevin Weir

Weir blends a strong gothic aesthetic with fast-paced visceral fights and creepy mysteries, creating a baroque nightmare of addict-assassins fighting existential horrors with distilled angel blood and arcane machinery. A century ago, the Great Machine appeared on the English coast, offering a way to fight back against the mindless parasitic sludge called the Mire. Now … Continue reading Ink For Blood by Kevin Weir

Brazen Summer by Jordan Elizabeth

Elizabeth creates a mystery that evokes the innocence of the young adult worldview without obscuring the complexities that mature readers might expect. This is the second book in Elizabeth’s Hayview Manor series. Potential spoilers ahead. With the gossip over her part in catching a killer a year in the past and graduating from high school, … Continue reading Brazen Summer by Jordan Elizabeth

The Gateless Gate: The Classic Book of Zen Koans by Wumen Huikai and Yamada Koun

Yamada provides a series of explanations and comparisons that help place the ancient Chinese text in a modern context. This book interleaves Koun Yamada’s translation of Wumen’s Mumonkan, a classic Zen text, with Yamada’s own lectures on each of Wumen’s koan and supporting comments. The book is divided into forty eight chapters, each covering one … Continue reading The Gateless Gate: The Classic Book of Zen Koans by Wumen Huikai and Yamada Koun

Ghosts and More Tales of the Supernatural (ed. Kristine Lowe-Martin)

Blending classic supernatural tropes, humour, chills, and a variety of characters in different proportions, these tales are likely to provide fans of spooky stories with a pleasing evening or three. This anthology contains 15 ghost stories and other short tales of the paranormal in a variety of styles, each written by a members of the … Continue reading Ghosts and More Tales of the Supernatural (ed. Kristine Lowe-Martin)

The Threat Unseen by Matthew S. Cox

Cox continues to blend realistic dangers of a shattered world with the strong human capability for decency and society, creating another instalment of post-apocalyptic survival that provides all the action without becoming bleak or cheesy. This is the seventh book in Cox’s Evergreen series. Probable spoilers for past volumes ahead. In the two years since … Continue reading The Threat Unseen by Matthew S. Cox