Category Archives: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Gentle Science Fiction: A Review of A Psalm for the Wild-Built

Note: I’m (finally) reviewing the first book in the Monk & Robot series today and will review the sequel next week. Stay tuned!  Title: A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot #1) Author: Becky Chambers Publisher: Tor Books Publication Date: July 13, 2021 Genres: Science Fiction, Utopia Length: 160 pages Source: I borrowed it… Read More

The Healer: A Review of Sweet Basil

Title: Sweet Basil – A Firethorn Chronicles Short Story Author: Lea Doué Publisher: Butterwing Publishing (Self-Published) Publication Date: August 30, 2021 Genres: Fantasy, Historical Length: 24 pages Source: I received a free copy from the author Rating: 3 Stars Blurb: Hiding from sorcerer hunters, Marisol travels in search of those she can help with her dangerous gift… Read More

Sensing Something Wrong: A Review of The Wendigo

Title: The Wendigo Author: Algernon Blackwood Publisher: Eveleigh Nash Publication Date: 1910 (and republished on April 21, 2022) Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Historical Length: 74 pages Source: I received a free copy from the author. Rating: 5 Stars Blurb: Algernon Blackwood’s “The Wendigo” tells the story of a camping trip in the Canadian wilderness that goes… Read More

Canadian Tidbits: A Review of Northern Gothic Stories

Title: Northern Gothic Stories Author: Helena Puumala and Dale Olausen Publisher: Dodecahedron Books Publication Date: December 19, 2012 Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Horror, Historical, Contemporary Length: 123 pages Source: I received a free copy from the authors. Rating: 3 Stars Blurb: Do you like stories featuring aliens, legendary monsters, psychic children, mysterious disappearances, gamblers, cheats,… Read More

A Review of Sail away, sail away, sail away: Nautical Ghost Stories

Title: Sail Away, sail away, sail away – Nautical Ghost Stories Author: William Macmillan Jones Publisher: Red Kite Publishing Ltd Publication Date: March 21, 2022 Genres: Paranormal, Contemporary Length: 32 pages Source: I received a free copy from the author. Rating: 4 Stars Blurb: The sea has always fascinated me, and I grew up with a… Read More

Changing Luck: A Review of Foreign Objects

Title: Foreign Objects Author: Joshua Scribner Publisher: Self-Published Publication Date: February 24, 2015 Genres: Fantasy, Contemporary Length: 7 pages Source: I received a free copy from the author. Rating: 3 Stars Blurb: A young outcast, his struggles to survive, and the crucial objects that come into his life. Review: Content Warning: Bullying, physical abuse of… Read More

A Review of Not Eligible for Rehire – A Cruise Ship Story

Title: Not Eligible for Rehire – A Cruise Ship Story Author: Glenn McGoldrick Publisher: Self-Published Publication Date: October 25, 2018 Genres: Speculative Fiction, Contemporary Length: 19 pages Source: I received a free copy from the author. Rating: 2 Stars Blurb: A day in the life of a Casino Manager, working on a cruise ship in… Read More

Sounding Like a Train: A Review of Voices in the Wind

Title: Voices in the Wind Author: Joshua Scribner Publisher: Self-Published Publication Date: December 15, 2017 Genres: Paranormal, Horror, Contemporary Length: 6 pages Source: I received a free copy from the author Rating: 5 Stars Blurb: A paranormal flash fiction story. Review: Content Warning: death and a tornado. I will discuss the tornado in my review.… Read More

Side Effects: A Review of The Visitor

Title: The Visitor Author: Mark Lawrence Publisher: Self-Published Publication Date: October 18, 2021 Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Contemporary Length: 48 pages Source: I received a free copy from the author. Rating: 4 Stars Blurb: A stand alone short story that originally appeared in Book 26 of the Wild Cards universe. The only thing you need… Read More

Seeking Safe Haven: A Review of The Bruised Princess

Title: The Bruised Princess Author: A.G. Marshall Publisher: Avanell Publishing Publication Date: April 7, 2019 Genres: Fantasy, Historical Length: 31 pages Source: I received a free copy from the author. If you are not already familiar with The Princess and the Pea, read it for free at this link before reading this short story. Rating:… Read More