Islington Crocodiles by Paul Meloy

Only a certain kind of writer can imagine genetically modified pandas munching on lawn furniture. But shooting the poor cuddly things in the face requires a whole other level of brilliance. Paul Meloy’s stunning collection of short stories, Islington Crocodiles, originally by TTA Press, now reprinted by Bad Moon Books, collects several short stories that…

Burton & Swinburne in The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack

I have always been a big fan of Pyr Books. I can pretty much be assured that anything with the Pyr logo is going to be something I’ll like,  and the cover artwork is often breathtaking. This latest book takes the cake. This is one of the most compelling book covers I have seen in…

Matter by Iain M. Banks

Iain M. Banks’ latest SF novel Matter is a welcome return to the environs of the Culture, and a welcome return to his estimable form after the earnest, but lamentable The Algebraist. Like most of Banks’ Culture novels, there are vast, powerful alien races; immense habitats housing trillions upon trillions, including the breathtaking interlaced orbital…

The Aviary by Jamie Tanner

  It’s hard to give a sense of how great this book is without showing you all the pictures, but if you close your eyes and repeat over and over “porn, monkeys, robots, cat-headed people, sinister bird-man dolls, amputees, and penguins” then you may get a good sense of what’s going on. Very disturbing graphic…