Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson

“One doesn’t attract support before fighting, one fights to attract support. It’s a way of showing that things cannot continue as usual, of showing that resistance is possible.” The newest addition to the Science-Fantasy subgenre, New Weird, is Rjurik Davidson. His novel, Unwrapped Sky, is one of those rare stories that manages to blur the…

The Forever Engine by Frank Chadwick

“Is choosing a life path which subordinates you own sense of person to someone else’s a form of suicide?” Very rarely do I ever enjoy a good time travel tale. The logic isn’t always there, like in say Bioshock Infinite. But for a book so steeped in hard science, The Forever Engine manages to make…

The Future of Fantasy

A writer bud of mine made a post on his musings about Gritty Fantasy and the future of the genre. Being a guy swamped with random thoughts at all hours of the day, this didn’t help my predicament. He suggested that Fantasy will see a swing away from the Grimdark movement toward a more Dark…

Devices and Desires by K.J. Parker

“The world is full of annoyances, none more infuriating than a fool with a valid point.” Sometimes being dry is a good thing. Nobody likes a wet cracker. (Not the derogatory term.) If humor is your thing, I find the drier the better. If you want to dehydrate one of your personal enemies, throwing them…

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

“’One must always be careful of books,’ said Tessa, ‘and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.’” Another YA Steampunk. This time, though, the dark and gritty aren’t crammed into every nook. To a guy, sometimes that not good. Could be wrong, though. Clockwork Angel was better than I expected,…

Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

“’I spent whole lifetimes searching. I forgot my family, my home; I gave blood, tears, a finger. I made myself wings and I flew so high, the sky struck me down. I fell so far into the dark that there seemed no ending to the abyss. And yet in the end, there it was, a…

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

“’We are dying, Claudia. We must break open this cell we have bricked ourselves into, escape from this endless wheel we tread like rats. I have dedicated myself to freeing us. If it means my death, I don’t care, because even death will be a sort of freedom.’” Praised as one of the best, if…