An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon (Science Fiction Novel, 2017). This impressive first novel takes the aspects of a very familiar science fictional trope and uses them as metaphor for the exploration of past and present-day injustices. The trope in question is the generational spaceship, fleeing an Earth ruined by human greed and/or stupidity at relativistic […]Read more "REVIEWED: An Unkindness of Ghosts"
Sip by Brian Allen Carr (Post-Apocalyptic Novel, 2017). A winner of a couple literary awards for his short writings, Mr. Carr ventures into post-apocalyptic territory for his first novel. I’m not about to dismiss it as truly bad sci-fi, but don’t expect anything in the way ‘hard’ SF. Sip is more a blend of satirical or maybe even somewhat […]Read more "REVIEWED: Sip"
The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst (Contemporary Novel, 2017). This novel focuses on an multi-racial family struggling to deal with Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The disaster exaggerates and forces them to confront underlying tensions and issues none of them are eager to admit to, let alone confront. Tess, the mother, is a wealthy white […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Floating World"
Feast of Sorrow by Crystal King. (Historical Novel, April 2017). This unusually good first novel is a well-researched, discerning and ultimately quite poignant book about life in Ancient Rome. Thrasius, an educated slave with special culinary skills, movingly narrates this first-person tale. While he is a fictional character, many of those he comes into contact with […]Read more "REVIEWED: Feast Of Sorrow"
The Wangs vs. The World by Jade Chang (Satirical Novel, 2016). A satire on family conflict and the materialistic side of the American Dream, this good first novel is about a Chinese-American family dealing with a sudden fall from economic grace, courtesy the Great Recession, circa 2008. Charles, the Wang family’s middle-aged patriarch, came to California […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Wangs Vs. The World"
Flesh Eaters by Mark Trimeloni (Sci-Fi/Horror novel, 1997) This self-published first novel has its problems, but also features several unusual and interesting features. In the early stages of their planned conquest of Earth, a bunch of aliens of the body-snatching variety have chosen a rather unusual first target: a community of dedicated nudists. More than […]Read more "Reviewed: FLESH EATERS"