Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Twenty Thousand Leagues, written in 1870, is arguably one of the greatest classic Science Fiction books written by a man whom many consider to have created the genre of science fiction writing. A scientist and his servant are rescued at sea by Captain Nemo, a brilliant engineer and captain of the giant submersible ship, the Nautilus….

Raven, Swordsmistress of Chaos by Richard Kirk

Interestingly, Richard Kirk was actually a pseudonym for two writers – Angus Wells and Robert Holdstock. Both these writers have an impressive bibliography; Wells having a rich background in fantasy and westerns, and Holdstock with an even more impressive background in Celtic, Nordic and mythic fiction. It is not known which elements of the book either…

The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker

Most are familiar with Clive Barker’s 1987 splatter-punk film Hellraiser. Though he wrote and directed this film which spawned a successful movie franchise, not many are familiar with the novella it was based on. Barker is one of the more successful names within the gory sub-genre of splatter-punk, but this is possibly also due to the…

Judgment on Janus by Andre Norton

Naill Renfro is a refugee who, out of desperation, sells himself into labour and winds up logging the forests of the planet Janus. Unfortunately the planet is run by a fanatic cult who treat their laborers like slaves or prisoners and ritualistically punish those who are found to have ‘sinned’. Naill discovers a jewel in…

Star Rebel by F. M. Busby

Star Rebel is an epic story of one man’s struggle against institutional brutality and the oppression of the Space Academy. Bran Tregare has survived humiliation, beatings, fights to the death and witnessed rapes and murders – all by superior officers who use their authority to satisfy their own sadistic needs. Somehow, amongst this violence, Bran has…

Seven Spells to Sunday by Andre Norton and Phyllis Miller

Seven Spells is a young adults novel aimed at pre-teens. It is about two children in foster care – Monnie and Bim – who lead unhappy lives, being passed around from home to home. They discover a mysterious letterbox with mail for them in the junkyard, and in the mail are magical trinkets. Each trinket comes with…

Debt of Bones by Terry Goodkind

The Sword Of Truth series is one of the biggest fantasy franchises there is. The first entry in the series, Wizard’s First Rule, is the highest paid first book from a Fantasy author, and the series has sold over 26 Million copies worldwide in 13 languages. Debt Of Bones is a novella that explores one of…

Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Let’s start by adding that this is not the last book of the Earthsea cycle, it is book four of a six book series. It is also the first time I have swum in the waters of Le Guin’s masterpiece, and I was worried I would drown. My previous experience with Earthsea was the Studio Ghibli…

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Published in 1937 to critical success and several awards, The Hobbit has endured generations as a beloved classic children’s story. One of the first true fantasy novels, it is (with The Lord of The Rings) undoubtedly the most influential piece of literature on the fantasy genre, setting the tropes and cliches that endure within the genre…

Doom 3: Worlds on Fire by Mathew Costello

Matthew Costello has authored/co-authored under 30 novels and over a dozen video game scripts, including Doom 3. Set as a prequel to the genre-defining Doom franchise, Doom 3 explores the events leading up to Doom. For those unfamiliar with the franchise, it is easily summarized: experiments on a military base on Mars unwittingly open gateways…

The White Fox by Brian Parvin

The White Fox is an exquisite journey of love and danger set in the future, long after mankind nearly destroyed the world in ‘The Great Burning’. Our titular character, the nameless white vixen, is an exile from her tribe, following her destiny in the search of green and fertile lands to fulfill prophecy. Exhausted and…

Another Fine Myth by Robert Asprin

Another Fine Myth is the first book in Asprin’s fantasy comedy Myth series, of which their are currently over twenty books. Our main character, Skeeve, is a thief who becomes a magician’s apprentice in order to enhance his thieving abilities. During his training, his master summons a demon but is attacked by an assassin and…