Book Review: Dark Water by Koji Suzuki

9/10 Character-driven horror from one of Japan’s best In this collection of short stories, Koji Suzuki continues to haunt readers with a series of horror stories all centered around water, starting with a prologue that hints at the many strange things that wash ashore and the stories they tell. Prologue An old woman, Kayo, whoContinue reading “Book Review: Dark Water by Koji Suzuki”

Book Review: Shogun by James Clavell

9/10 Rich history and characters drive this epic. John Blackthorne is an English pilot to a Dutch ship, the Erasmus, and brings his battered ship and crew to the shores of Japan. There, he is swept up into the plots of warlords and a culture completely alien to him. How can he and his crew surviveContinue reading “Book Review: Shogun by James Clavell”

Book Review: “The Queen of the Swords” by Michael Moorcock

7/10 Fun new characters and adventures but a little rushed The Queen of the Swords is the second book in the Corum series, continuing Corum’s adventures as he battles the gods of chaos. After defeating Lord Arioch and restoring a fragment of order to the world, Corum is faced with growing dangers as the remaining SwordContinue reading “Book Review: “The Queen of the Swords” by Michael Moorcock”

Book Review: “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick

10/10 Perhaps not perfect but a personal favorite In a war-torn world, Rick Deckard is a bounty hunter; his target: androids that have illegally arrived on Earth. These androids, a new advanced variety, are so difficult to tell from humans that some question who are the “andys” and who the humans? Story Philip K. DickContinue reading “Book Review: “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick”

Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King

8/10 A complex and enjoyable read aimed at perhaps too-wide an audience. I don’t normally include spoilers in my reviews, but given the age and popularity of both the book and film, I see little reason to hold back. The Shining is a story most people know, even if you haven’t read the book orContinue reading “Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King”

Book Review: Privilege, Book One of the WP Trilogy by Bharat Krishnan

4/10 Fundamentally flawed with some strong ideas. A copy of the PDF was provided by the author as an advanced review copy. WP is a drug that grants superhuman powers, but only white people can get it legally. Aditya Shetty, an Indian-American, runs a hedge fund where he can acquire WP through business, but it’sContinue reading “Book Review: Privilege, Book One of the WP Trilogy by Bharat Krishnan”

Book Review: “Out” by Natsuo Kirino

8/10 Well-written and enjoyable despite some minor flaws. Four women struggle to make ends meet while working the night shift at a lunchbox factory. Their already desperate reality is thrown into the dark world of crime when one of them murders her husband and turns to the other three to help cover it up. TheContinue reading “Book Review: “Out” by Natsuo Kirino”

Book/RPG Review: Fabled Lands

7/10 Enjoyable and unique but not without drawbacks. I’ve played bits of book 1-4 in the Java version and books 1-2 in print. Fabled Lands is a series of gamebooks that continue the tradition set by the Fighting Fantasy books of the 80s. For anyone unfamiliar with the term “gamebook” it’s like a choose-your-own-adventure andContinue reading “Book/RPG Review: Fabled Lands”

Book Review: “The Bells of Old Tokyo” by Anna Sherman

9/10 Excellent, well-written; a book I would love to read again. This memoir stories Sherman’s search for a series of bells that used to operate around Tokyo many years ago, some of which still ring on schedule. The history of these bells goes back to when Tokyo was a much smaller city. Sherman’s goal isContinue reading “Book Review: “The Bells of Old Tokyo” by Anna Sherman”

Book Review: “Warriors of the Storm” by Bernard Cornwell

7/10 A Solid medieval adventure; I look forward to reading through this series Medieval England is a land split into smaller kingdoms, and a pagan warrior, Uhtred, must defend Christian Saxon land against an invading army of his fellow pagans. Outnumbered, Uhtred relies on cunning and unexpected allies to turn the conflict in his favor.Continue reading “Book Review: “Warriors of the Storm” by Bernard Cornwell”