“The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson

"NO LIVE organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream." With an opening sentence like that, how can you not read this book? And it just gets better from there. First published in 1959, The Haunting of Hill House has … Continue reading “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson

Review of Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Chronicle of a Death Foretold

This is a curious little book. First, it is a curious in that it is a fictionalized account of an actual murder in which dozens of people knew that the crime was about to occur, yet no one did anything to stop it. The events covered in the book happened in 1951 in Sucre, Colombia, … Continue reading Review of Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Review of The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke

The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories is a collection of short stories, most of which are set in the same world as Susanna Clarke’s novel, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. If you’re not familiar with the novel (or the BBC TV adaptation), it takes place in late 18th-, early 19th-century England and features … Continue reading Review of The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke

Review: Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon

Remnant Population tells the story of a woman who stays behind on an alien world when all of her fellow humans abandon a failed colony. Imagine the love-child of Robinson Crusoe and Enemy Mine with Ursula K. LeGuin acting as midwife and you’ll get some idea as to what to expect from Remnant Population. There … Continue reading Review: Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon

Review: The Black Tides of Heaven

The Black Tides of Heaven by J. Y. Yang The Black Tides of a Heaven is a fantasy novella set in a medieval pseudo-China where magic, monsters and gunpowder co-exist. So far, so good. The story starts by following twins, Mokoya and Akeha, who are unwanted by their empress-mother and gifted to a monastery to … Continue reading Review: The Black Tides of Heaven

Review: Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones

Mapping the Interior is a horror novel in the vein of Stephen King. In other words, it's disturbing, fantastical, psychological and compelling. Set somewhere in the American midwest, the story is told by Junior, a young, Native American boy who is trying to make sense of his dead father's nightly visits. Given that Junior is twelve-years … Continue reading Review: Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones

Review: The Goddess Project by Bryan Wigmore

At last, a post that actually relates to the fantasy and science fiction theme of my blog! I picked up this book a short time ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's fantasy-meets-steam-punk with free diving, surreal visions of a dream-world, child warriors who channel demons before going into battle, magicians who feed off their own … Continue reading Review: The Goddess Project by Bryan Wigmore