Latest news & reviews
by Amy DuBoff
Young adult science fantasy is a story type that has existed in various forms since the 1950s. The writing quality can vary, but the intention – to convey a vision of a far flung future where humanity has become an interstellar society always fires the imagination of impressionable readers.
Architects of Destiny is a bold title for an escape into one such future. Our protagonist, Cris Sietinen is heir to a powerful lineage Tararia, but chafes under the constrictions of his place, li...
by Charlaine Harris
Day Shift is the second novel in Charlaine Harris's Midnight Texas series, following on from the quite excellent novel Midnight Crossroad we reviewed in May last year. It's a welcome return to the inhabitants of the strange small cross-road town that is Midnight. There doesn't seem to be more than a few inhabitants that are entirely human, even less who are human without an unusual power.
As with the previous book Manfred acts as principle protagonist although we get scenes from mos...
by D Scott Johnson
A title that gives a hint as to what we might expect, but ruins no surprises at all, Gemini Gambit by D. Scott Johnson is an intriguing story of the near future, immerses us in a world a generation or two further on from our own.
Elite hacker ‘Angel Rage’ – whose real name is Kim Trann has retired, but when Mike Sellars tracks her down in the middle of the Warhawk FPS World Tournament, curiosity gets the better of her. Who was this strange guy who managed to spring all her defences ...
by Clive Barker
It has to be said that even though I don't entertain much horror, Clive Barker is somewhat of a legend. Growing up in the 80's his name was often spoken in quiet awe by impressionable teenagers, not least due to his infamous Books of Blood collections.
For me though it was the character of Pinhead that managed to solidify his standing as a master of horror. Hellraiser brought with it a different kind of bad guy. This guy was much more coldly intelligent and collected than any I'd se...
by Ari Bach
Award winning novelist and academic Gwyneth Jones asserts that ‘a typical science fiction novel has little space for deep and studied characterisation, not because writers lack the skill (though they may) but because in the final analysis the characters are not people, they are pieces of equipment.’
The initial premise of Valhalla speaks directly to this summary of the genre. Violet, a seventeen year old girl has come of age on the Isle of Skye and is wondering what to do with her l...
by Justin Richards
I must admit I have a fondness for alternative history novels, especially those that depict the second World War. Throw in secret Nazi plots that involve alien technology and that infamous Axis quest to create the Übermensch and you have a formula for a very interesting book indeed. Suicide Exhibition is the start of a series that follows such a plot — here the Übermensch are alien and the Germans will stop an nothing to gain technology to control such power. The aliens are known as the "Vril...
by Adam Roberts
Stories from Adam Roberts are always challenging as well as entertaining. Saint Rebor follows this trend, being a diverse collection joined together by the writer’s conceptual ideas in the prologue. Whilst you might expect a variety of story premises in a collection, in Saint Rebor, you have a much wider set of experimentation in modes of address and form. We have conventional first person, and third person then a set of archive documents outlining legal action in AD 2060, a poem, a dense nar...
Gollancz Paperback of the month for May 2015 is Adam Roberts exceptional story of artificial Intelligence, Bête — which we reviewed last October. Roberts is a writer who seems to improve with each book he writes and Bête is quite simply stunning. It's set sometime in the near future and explores our relationship with the natural world and how that is changing with the steady march of technological progress. Witty and clever, it was one of my favourite books of 2014.
Gollancz is also...
by Patricia A McKillip
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld is fantasy at it's finest, it exemplifies and defines the genre in a way few others have. It won the first ever World Fantasy Award for best novel back in 1975, an achievement more remarkable when considering that it was only the authors third novel. For many who have read the book it becomes a treasured part of their collection. As with many deserving novels it has never had the exposure it deserves. Once again thanks must go to Gollancz and the inclusion of The F...
by Lucy Hounsom
An exciting new high fantasy story in a new fantasy world, Starborn is Lucy Hounsom’s debut novel. Her graduation to UK Tor’s writing stable from an MA in Creative Writing and before that a BA in English and Creative Writing speaks for itself as being quite an illustrious journey towards the promised land of publication.
Starborn is certainly a strong and engaging start. It is a novel aiming squarely at the young adult and immediately invokes elements of Terry Brooks, Trudi Canavan,...
by Harry Harrison
Harry Harrison was a genius. The way he managed to use absurdity, satire and slapstick humour to talk about some pretty grim subjects is nothing short of remarkable. Way before Pratchett, Holt, Adams and Naylor, Harrison was creating some of the funniest books on the planet.
Bill, the Galactic Hero was first written fifty years ago and has been described by Terry Pratchett as: "Simply the funniest Science Fiction book ever written"
Thankfully Gollancz has ...
by DK Mok
Hunt for Valamon is a fast paced epic fantasy tale that manages to portray a number of genre tropes in a fresh and exciting way. The strong authorial voice of the writing quickly draws the reader in, the almost conversational tone of delivery actually put me in mind of Terry Pratchett. The language is witty and provides a continuous source of humour throughout the book, everything from the dialogue to description works to bring a chuckle as you read.
While the book may have a strong...
Science fiction, fantasy & horror book reviews
SFBook.com is one of the oldest book review sites on the internet, founded back in 1999 in an age before phones became smart and poking someone would get you told off. A non profit site primarily aimed at the Science fiction, fantasy and horror genres, we strive to feature only the very best in Science fiction, fantasy, horror and speculative novels. We like to think we write personal, unique and constructive reviews.
We are constantly evolving and expanding the web site and strive to make the site a richer experience for the visitor. If you have any suggestions, or constructive feedback we'd love to hear from you.
We try our very best to prevent giving away any spoilers so that reading the book we are reviewing isn't spoiled in any way and as such some reviews may seem shorter than those elsewhere on the internet. Many reviews you will see on the website lean towards the positive and this is simply due to the fact that we try and only read the very best books for the simple reason that life is too short to read a bad book. If we do end up reading a bad one we will make sure we tell you.
Currently SFBook has a number of guest reviewers and five regular reviewers (3 in the UK, 2 in the USA). These are Ant - the site editor, designer and principal reviewer, Vanessa our first reader in the USA, Cleggy our expert in all things Horror, DL Denham - our second reviewer in the USA and Allen Stroud. - published author, editor and Course Leader at Buckinghamshire New University. If you are a publisher, author or authors agent who would like to see a book reviewed you can reach us on the Contact Us page. If you'd like to review books or related articles to feature on the site, get in touch with Ant.
Disclaimer: This is a disclaimer about the site in general and it's reviewers. As mentioned above this site is completely non-profit. The site owner (Ant) hates to see websites plastered with adverts and as such advertising is severely limited. Any revenue generated from the minimal advertisements is used to put towards the upkeep costs. None of our reviewers accept any monetary remuneration or gifts for the reviews we provide and we not employed by any publisher or author. The reviews on the site are not biased in any way and purely reflect the opinion of the reviewer. No robots were harmed in the making of this website.
Cookie (Biscuit) Consumption: We (SFBook.com) do store Cookies (known as Biscuits in the UK) and these are minimal, totally anonymous and purely consumed by Google Analytics for traffic analysis. This data is mainly used to provide bragging rights as to how many wonderful visitors happen upon our humble domain. Please visit as often as you can so more Cookies (Biscuits) can be consumed.
When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.
Book of the month
Sword of the North by Luke Scull
A Message from SFBook
SFBook is entirely funded by Ant including hosting, development and any other costs.
If you enjoy the site please consider a small donation towards the cost of the upkeep and development of SFBook.
- Archives 2015
- Archives 2014 July - Dec
- Archives 2014 Jan - June
- Archives 2013 July - Dec
- Archives 2013 Jan - June
- Archives 2012 July - Dec
- Archives 2012 Jan - June
- Archives 2011 July - Dec
- Archives 2011 Jan - June
- Archives 2010
- Archives 2009
- Archives 2008
- Archives 2005
- Archives 2004
- Archives 2003
- Archives 2002
- Archives 2001
- Archives 2000
- Archives 1999
- View all