Extinction Code by James D. Prescott is the first novel in the science-fiction, action-adventure series, Extinction. The story follows a group of various scientists and researchers who obtain grants to dive into the ocean so they can study the asteroid that dropped tens of millions of years ago, leading to the decimation and extinction of dinosaurs. However, once they’re down and discovering, other interested parties come knocking.
The Brink by James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth is the second novel in a science-fiction, action-horror trilogy called Awakened. This book picks up almost a year after the events of its predecessor and follows the survivors of the New York attack as they deal with international political ramifications of that attack on a global scale.
Hex-Rated by Jason Ridler is a pulp, urban fantasy novel that’s the first in a duology called the Brimstone Files. It takes place in the 70s and follows a newly licensed PI of the strange and supernatural named James Brimstone, who was a former child magician and a vet of the Korean war. After attending his dead mentor’s funeral, Sir Brimstone signs his first client with an unbelievable story of sex, demons, and violence
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is a British magical realism novel about a middle-aged man that returns to his childhood home upon the passing of a relative. During the post-funeral wake, he takes a step away from the crowded building to explore a farm at the end of the lane, wherein he comes across a small pond on the property.
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami is an own-voices Japanese surrealism fiction novel about a young woman named Sumire and her long-time best friend who is only ever revealed as “K.” They have an intimate, unfiltered sort of friendship where they like to have discourse on an array of topics including rather personal events and experiences as well as simple, harmless banter on the mundane.
Sea of Death by Tim Waggoner is the third and final volume in the dark fantasy, sword and sorcery series, The Blade of the Flame Trilogy, which is set in the Eberron universe. It follows an assassin-turned-priest named Diran Bastiaan and his half-Orc best friend, Ghaji (pronounced Gha-yee), and their little crew of chums as they try to unite two opposing nations by ending a curse a hundred years in the living
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a Gothic romance literary classic that is told via a series of letters and other textual materials to express a tale obsession, of science as well as death and morality. The story revolves around a man who believes that he can bring a human back to life after their demise, and when he accomplishes this task, the consequences leave him writhing with disbelief and absolute fear.
Every now and again I will find a book that sinks itself straight into my soul, as well as my heart and mind. It leaves behind an intense imprint on how I perceive the world around me as well as the people in it, helping me grow and become more self-aware. Shanghai Girls is precisely this kind of novel
Koko Takes a Holiday by Kieran Shea is a cyberpunk action novel about a young lady criminal named Koko Martstellar who retires on an island that basically offers a theme park experience for shady ass people. She owns a business and has essentially retired from her blood-soaking shenanigans. But when an old acquaintance sends a team of assassins after Miss Martstellar, her retirement hopes and dreams get blown to bits just like her brothel. On the run and spectacularly ticked off about this latest event, she decides to take out the acquaintance before her ass can get further fried.
The House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman is a psychological horror novella about two teenagers who have their first date on a stunning lake…
Awakened by James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth is a science-fiction, horror story that begins in New York City’s latest underground subway line, which is an express line that connects the city with communities across the Hudson River. On the inauguration celebration of this state-of-the-art transport system, everyone is stunned when the train’s car arrive completely devoid of human life except for the blood that splatters its walls.
Forge of the Mindslayers by Tim Waggoner is the second novel in the dark fantasy, sword-and-sorcery series, The Blade of the Flame. Diran and his half-Orc chum, Ghaji, receive a tip about a lich terrorising people in the mountains of Perhata. As they work to hunt down this malevolent force, the duo, and their comrades, end up getting ensnared in the local politics poisoning the two regions that are vying for control.
Thieves of Blood was the very first book that introduced me to the Eberron universe. In 2006, I was only familiar with fantasy novels via the Legend of Drizzt series, and hadn’t read much sword-and-sorcery beyond that. However, with Diran and Ghaji, not only did my love for the genre explode into a passionate love affair that shall last until my dying days, but it also showed me a dark setting with creatively fascinating lore, history, politics and more.
Spine of the Dragon by Kevin J. Anderson is an epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery novel that’s the first volume in the Wake the Dragon series. It revolves around two continents that have been divided via bloodshed for many, many generations. However, when a long-forgotten outside threat returns with the hopes of reawakening an ancient race by slaying a mythological dragon of hatred and spite, the two nations must find a way to put aside their violent differences in order to formulate an alliance to fight this newly arisen peril.
Alien by Alan Dean Foster is the novelisation of the 1979 sci-fi, psychological horror film of the same name. It follows the crew of a commercial space tug named Nostromo who are awakened from hyper-sleep when the ship’s AI detects a distress beacon emanating from a planet not too far off their trajectory towards home. When the crew investigates, they find themselves at the business end of a deadly hunt with an extra-terrestrial creature unlike any they’ve seen or read of before.