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Zero Station

Zero Station book cover

This enjoyable novella tells a first contact story, with the twist that the story is told twice. The first half of the book is the story from the viewpoint of the humans, and the second half is the story from the viewpoint of the extraterrestrial species that has crash landed in Antarctica. The second telling is not repetitive. Instead it expands and deepens the story, and answers some of the questions raised in the first telling.


Amanda Hamm

When Lions Roared

When Lions Roared

This book is a well-executed blend of history and personal reflection about the end of apartheid. It covers the rise of the student movements that helped end it, and does not flinch from showing the cost paid by the participants in these movements. It is an engrossing read, and a reminder that while determined citizens can fight oppression, some of them will pay a terrible price for doing so.


Manju Soni

January Giveaway: The Lilies of Dawn

I just drew the winner for December's giveaway and notified the winner. So now it is time to post January's giveaway.

This month, I'll be giving away TWO copies of The Lilies of Dawn, Vanessa Fogg's beautiful fantasy coming-of-age novelette.

The Lilies of Dawn cover


Caresaway book cover

This is a near future "inside your head" thriller about a scientist who discovers what seems like a miracle cure for depression, only to find that it comes with a terrible cost, both to himself and to the world. This tautly written novelette will make you ask yourself questions about how far you'd go for success. If there was a pill that made you successful, would you take it? What if it also made you a psychopath?


DJ Cockburn

When the Devil Enters

When the Devil Enters book cover

This is book tells the story of a series of mysterious house fires in a small town in Sicily, and the various explanations that were advanced for them. It does a good job of setting the scene, and a slightly less good job of fleshing out the characters, but it is an interesting story that I enjoyed reading.


Ariel Ramchandani

Tower of Babylon

Tower of Babylon book cover

The is an excellent re-imagining of the biblical story of the tower of Babylon, told from the viewpoint of a miner called in to help tunnel through to the vault of heaven once the tower has reached it. To tell you more would ruin the joy of this book, but I recommend it highly.


Ted Chiang

Book Introduction: Collected Christmas Horror Shorts

I have a short book intro for you today. I don't read horror, but I assume some of you do, so I always offer a book intro post for anyone who contacts me offering a review copy of a horror book. (Actually, there is a standing offer of a book intro post for anyone who has written a short ebook or a collection of short stories!)

Anyway, today Kevin J. Kennedy introduces us to a book in which he has a short story:

Collected Christmas Horror Shorts

Edited by Brandy Yassa

Only the Animals

Each story in this quirky and interesting collection is told in the voice of an animal who has died. All of the animals die due to human folly, mostly involving war, but somehow this does not make the book depressing. Instead, it illuminates the common thread of humanity that makes us worth the trouble despite all of our flaws. This is an engrossing and entertaining book, but one that I think is best read slowly, to allow plenty of time to think about and absorb each story before moving on to the next.


Ceridwen Dovey

December Giveaway: Amazon Gift Card

I was so excited by the response to last month's giveaway that I decided to giveaway multiple copies of Unspotted. I've drawn the winners and notified them, so now it is time to post the new giveaway for December.

This month, I will be giving away a $6 Amazon gift card. I picked the value because most short ebooks are $2.99, so a $6 gift card will let the winner pick two new short ebooks to try.

The Ruins

The Ruins book cover

This well-written novella is set in seventh century England, when the borders with Wales were still dangerous and a new religion called Christianity was starting to gain prominence among the ruling class. It is at its heart a coming of age story, about a young man sent from the borderlands to learn the ways of the court and the new religion. But it is also about how to find your way in a time of great change, and I always have a soft spot for stories set in times of great societal change.


Daniel Bristow-Bailey

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