August 29, 2019

“The Vampire Countess”

by Paul Féval c. 1855

Translation by Brian Stableford, c. 2003

Early in 1804, the salons and dram houses of Paris teem with conspirators against Napoleon Bonaparte—some desiring revenge, some hoping to prevent him from becoming emperor. Against this...

October 10, 2018

“THE DAY GUARD”

BOOK 4 of THE METAFRAME SERIES

by Graeme Rodaughan

Rodaughan’s ambitious nine-book series continues with The Day Guard.  In this installment of the series we are introduced to a new threat; the Chameleons, a sort of combination Predator and snake-man (cf....

April 15, 2018

“A Vision in Crimson”

Frostbite, Book 1

by Kathryn Troy,

Pale and sullen, Luca is a man with a mission: to destroy all vampires—especially the one that fathered him.  This will not prove easy, as Luca is the son of Dracula.

That’s a great pretext for a story.  However, thi...

January 28, 2018

“DRAGON’S DEN”

BOOK 3 of THE METAFRAME WAR

by Graeme Rodaughan, 2018

The third book of the Metaframe War saga brings with it a cascade of high tech battle scenes, where we see armored cars fighting tanks, tanks fighting helicopter gunships, and enhanced supermen fighting...

August 4, 2017

“Savagely Yours”

by Scerina Elizabeth, 2017

This book is a short story and each chapter has a different narrator.  It's a bit of a gimmick, but I find it refreshing from books that slip into first one character's head and in the next sentence, another character.

This is a...

June 11, 2017

TRAITOR'S WAR (#2 in the Metaframe War series)

by Graeme Rodaughan

Like the first book in the vampire series, “Traitor’s War” starts with a jumble of names and organizations and sub-organizations and their relationships. Having read the first book some months before, I m...

October 27, 2016

“A SUBTLE AGENCY”

BOOK 1: THE METAFRAME WAR

by Graeme Rodaughan

Like Brian Lumley’s “Necroscope” series, “Metaframe” is a spy thriller with vampires.  Here, the vampires’ agents employ state-of-the-art tracking devices, civil information-gathering, electronic forgery, and...

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