Traveling the Pale Highway with Nicholas Conley

    Pale Highway, by Nicholas Conley, is a science fiction novel with touches of mystery, horror, and fantasy. The main character, Gabriel Schist, is a Nobel Prize winning scientist who in his youth invented the cure for AIDS. Now in his seventies, he has Alzheimer’s disease and is living in a nursing home. When […]

Book Review: A Conspiracy of Alchemists

I really wanted to love this book. Like, really really really wanted to love it. Not just because reviewers were hailing Liesel Schwarz’s first installment of The Chronicles of Light and Shadow as “a superb debut novel” when it was released in 2013, but also because I picked it up at Weekend at the Asylum […]

Book Review- The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

I was drawn to this book by its cover, which gave off a sort of Steampunkish, old-meets-new vibe but was clearly not set in jolly ol’ England. It turned out not to be Steampunk at all, but was an incredibly interesting world unlike any other I have ever encountered. Somewhere in our near future, the […]

“Whitechapel Gods” – Book Review

This is a dark tale of humankind caught in the middle of a millennia-old struggle between beings of great power who use their influence to wage a battle of head versus heart, logic versus love. The world is a very different place, and people are turning into machines either by choice (the “crows”) or by […]

Steampunk for Kids – The Jupiter Chronicles

This week I have the opportunity to review The Jupiter Chronicles: The Secret of the Great Red Spot by Leonardo Ramirez, a steampunk adventure novel for young readers. The novel includes a variety of steam-powered inventions, aliens, children whose curiosity gets the better of them, “somewhat” lost civilizations, mysterious forces, space battles, and, yes, even […]

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