Category Archives: AU

Nemo Rising by C. Courtney Joyner

This should probably be classified horror rather than science fiction since the author seems to take great pleasure and with particular emphasis on setting up or visiting people being brutalized or dying messily. Torture-porn enthusiasts will find nirvana here but … Continue reading

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The Queen Of All Crows by Rod Duncan

Some authors really find a groove in their series where each new book is more enjoyable than the last. But Rod Duncan has done even better with The Queen Of All Crows: he’s taken the Gas Lit Empire series into … Continue reading

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Ooku The Inner Chambers by Fumi Yoshinaga

There is a good reason this is an Eisner nominated manga – it truly is brilliant. Taking Japanese history as a foundation and using one small but key change (a killer plague that targets males), she has created a lush … Continue reading

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Rough Riders Volume 2 by Glass, Marts, Olliffe

I am greatly enjoying the Rough Riders series. Volume 1 gave us quite a quirky assemblage of characters and characterizations combined with a fun fantastical steampunk universe. The historical facts are there but reinterpreted in an intriguing way. As well, … Continue reading

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Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Dread Nation is an enjoyable read – Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies but exchanging an historic for a literary inspiration. In other words, this is your typical YA alternative universe, with instalust, kickbutt heroine who is unfortunately highly unrealistic, and plenty … Continue reading

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The Immortal Architects by Paige Orwin

The first book in this series, the Interminables, was on the top of my best of 2016 list. The deeply flawed, nuanced, and grounded characters interacted in a very complex world. Orwin struck a good balance between explaining the magic … Continue reading

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Timekeeper by Tara Sim

Timekeeper is a slow burn story set in an intriguing alternative universe world. Author Sim explores some interesting concepts but the book is somewhat let down by an underwritten romance and lack of impetus. But there is a nice mystery … Continue reading

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