Posts Tagged ‘sci-fi’

Arithmophobia by Ruschelle Dillon

July 16, 2018 - 8:32 pm No Comments

Arithmophobia by Ruschelle Dillon
Published by Mystery and Horror LLC on 15th December 2017
144 pages

According to Google, Arithmophobia is the exaggerated, constant and often irrational fear of numbers.
Ruschelle plays on your fears with 9 short stories. Each short story featured the number 1-9. With a mixture of Sci-Fi, Fantasy and horror, some blended with humour, there is a short story to suit most readers.
Some of the stories I enjoyed were:
It Takes Two: Ahnna was rich and was never happy with her body. She knew that getting her breasts done would make her happy. So when her plastic surgeon, came up with a new procedure she knew she needed them and what was one little lie. This story builds up to the finale and what a finale. What I enjoyed was that there was no hints on the procedure until then end.
Three is as Magic as can be: When parents are being taken and all that remains is the child. Detective Oswald Quinn is on the case, 6 months on and still no suspect. Not only that but he is having problems at home with his son. With its dark thriller feel, this story grabbed me from the 1st blood stain on the floor. Reading this story, there was a feeling of dread and you could see Quinn slowly cracking under the pressure, as he was torn between his family and the case. A unexpected, heart-breaking ending.
A Perfect Eight: Dawn and Nicole are sisters. Both worked at their parent’s restaurant. Nicole the oldest and prettiest didn’t realise what she was doing to her sister. Things took a turn for the worse when customers who ate The Live Plate began to die. Made up of shrimp, oysters and octopus, the customers had to sign a waiver to eat it. But was it the dish that killed them. The story shows how far sisterly love can go. Throughout this story the author leads you down the wrong path, whilst I had my suspicions I could not work out the how. A story with a difference.
These are only three stories, but also making an appearance is a cheeky crude hysterical leprechaun in Seven Colors and the Four horseman in Four Men on Horses.
As an introduction to this author this a good read and I will be looking out for more from her

Serenity Falling by GL Cromarty

July 10, 2018 - 7:22 pm No Comments

Serenity Falling by GL Cromarty

Published by Creative Texts Publisher LLC on 21st August 2017
305 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies


The wall has been repaired but Hannah and her fellow Aterrans are still not safe. The powers at be in Aterra, still think they are in danger from the Shadowlands especially John Tanis.
Each chapter alternates between the Aterrans and Shadowlands, this enables the story to flow and showed just how much danger Hannah and co were in. Coming to the forefront was Theo and Nate, whilst genetically modified they had a childlike quality to them and always wanted to do the right thing. As their skills became known, they became an integral part to the cause. In book 1 Bill’s character was already not liked and just when you think he cannot get any worse, he shocks you just showing what a narcissist he was. Whilst Tanis gets a conscious and a slightly softer side peaks through. The banter and bickering between Tanis and Garren continues showing a sense of respect they have for each other.
Whilst the Janu do not play a big part in this story, there is more than enough bloodshed to satisfy the action fans. With the addition of technology gives the story a more apprehensive feel to it and you will find yourself wanting to keep reading to find out what happens. There are scenes that you will not see coming and at times I just sat there in shock.
This story had a different feel compared to book 1 and I could appreciate how much hard work the author put into this story. There was a lot going on, but the pace and well thought plot made it a good addition to the series. Finishing on an unexpected cliffhanger, with the addition of new characters I’m off to read the final book in the series

Divided Serenity by GL Cromarty

May 9, 2018 - 9:43 pm No Comments

Divided Serenity by GL Cromarty
Published 6th December 2016
258 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

A digitally enhanced wall has always been around Aterra. Originally built as protection from the residents of the forest, the Shadowlands and Janu. Hannah, a technology expert, is the last hope to repair the wall. Having to step out her comfort zone, not only is her life in danger but so is the whole of Aterra.
At the beginning of the book I really struggled to get into the story, the timelines were jumping about and whilst clearly identified I just could not follow the story, but as soon as the story was brought into the present, it all fell into place. With 3 main characters, Hannah, an expert in ancient technology, lover of William (Bill) Bremmer and completely out of her depth when it comes to travel and conflict. Bill Bremmer, President of Aterra, a despicable character who like some politicians was out for personal gain and finally John Tanis, leader of the Shadowlands, an expert in combat and personal enemy of Bill. Whilst the story revolves round these characters, there are a lot of minor characters that help tell this story and the majority have their own tale to tell. There were a few quirky characters, Theo being one of them, who has a very interesting history, which when revealed was unexpected. One character I was really interested in was Kein and in quite a few scenes I was reading frantically to see if he would survive.
This story is medieval meets technology and with its dystopian feel will please a lot of readers. After those first few chapters, the story flowed quickly. The conflict was endless and with its unfairness in weaponry I can only imagine where the story will go and I for one knew which fraction I supported throughout this book . As book 2 and 3 are out I am going to throw myself into continuing journey of Serenity

Immersion by Colleen Nye

November 18, 2017 - 10:23 pm No Comments

Immersion by Colleen Nye
Published by Blue Deco Publishing on 25th November 2017
268 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies


VR is very popular in a lot of households, whether it be used via your mobile phone or game console. In my house it is used to kill zombies or swim in the ocean, but what if the VR system was harming people. Seren lived in a time when VR was taking over people’s lives, they were the must have item. People were killing for them and crime was rife in most major cities. Due to Seren losing her parents at an early age, she was brought up by her grandma, but on her return from London, she came back to her life in danger. A chance meeting with Chase her schoolgirl crush takes her on a cloak and dagger adventure.
Having put her life on hold to look after her grandmother, Seren was a bit of a loner, her only true friend was Aaric who lived in London. She never did anything risky and was very headstrong. Chase had known Seren since school, she was one of the only people not to judge him. He had terrible parents and due to them had a horrific upbringing.
From the start the author described a world of woe and you could understand why people were drawn to the VRs. When Seren and Chase hooked up I was surprised as this was out of character for Seren, however the author with their back story explained their connection. The story is compelling, as you follow Seren on her dangerous adventure. The more I read, the more I could not believe how much Seren could go through physically and mentally. When I thought I was on the right track and was positive what was happening next, the author threw curveball that took the story down another direction
This book ticks many genre boxes and whilst it will appeal to Sci-fi and dystopian lovers, Thriller lovers will also like this book. A stand-alone novel which kept me reading into the night.

The Bastard Legion by Gavin G Smith

November 15, 2017 - 7:41 pm No Comments

The Bastard Legion
Author: Gavin G Smith
Published by: Gollancz, 5th October 2017
ISBN: 978-1-473-21725-6
322 pages
Reviewer: Ken Norman

The title is enough to make most teenage boys snigger, and I guess that is the point. It’s a book that seems to be aimed squarely at that young adult male sector of the market.
This space-war-opera revolves around a hard hitting, gun-toting slip of a girl called Miska who’s lost her Mummy and her Daddy’s a simulation, as he’s been toasted by persons unknown. She used to be a soldier in her youth, so she’s nicked a prison barge full of dangerous lifers and has decided that a mercenary’s life on the frontiers of the law is a winner, especially as barge has provided her with a private supply of grunts to send into conflict to die. If they don’t die quick enough, or look at her in a funny way, she blows their head off with a remote controlled neck collar. The problem is, she’s got a bit of an existential crisis going on, and worse, can’t quite work out what to call her band of brothers (they’re all dudes). Oddly, there’s almost no other women in the story, apart from the odd evil executive or about-to-be-cannon-fodder adversary. However, she’s going to kill a bunch of bad people and find out who killed her Daddy whilst getting paid for whatever mercenary activities can be found in the nearest G-class star.

There’s a voluminous whiff of fantasy here – mainly the authors’. Gavin Smith would appear to have a bit of a crush on Miska, as she’s a bit of a murderous villain, a bit vulnerable and a bit sexy all at the same time. She’s something of a superhero too, with a big bag of techy upgrades to her personal self. It’s the sort of universe where you’d hope humanity would have overcome some of the issues happening in the book, but you apparently never run out of the need for a printed AK-47, even when you’ve got FTL travel. If anything, there’s too much in this first volume – too many ideas about what’s cool, fun, possible (or not) all thrown into the pot to create a future world that’s not quite consistent.

It’s a fun read, if you like a good battle scene, or your inner male mental age has settled around 15. The fast and loose mix of ideas from left, right and centre is a bit confused, but that might settle down in the next installment. The book’s title tries to keeps you guessing right to the end, but in the end, it’s pretty obvious.