Summer Reading 2017

Summer Reading List [’17]

Summertime means longer days and more unstructured leisure time to do what you will with. Since scientists love to remind us that children get dumber over the summer months because they spend all their time riding their bikes in the street and stealing from convenience stores, schools love to assign Summer Reading Lists. Summer Reading lists are great but they tend to be geared at children and highly filtered by “The Man.” Also, they always leave... Read more

REVIEW – I Hate Fairyland Volume 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young

Basically, I Hate Fairyland is the end of the world Skottie Young has a way of infusing cute with crazy in a way that no one else can. While his artwork is well-known, I Hate Fairyland is a welcomed introduction to his writing and storytelling skills. Image Comics, the biggest indie publisher stays on brand by getting behind this title. I Hate Fairyland Volume 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young is the story of... Read more

Guest post: You Say You Want a Revolution by Carrie Patel

Note: In Case of Survival is part of the Cities and Thrones blog tour. Yesterday’s review was not part of the tour, but today’s post is. Today, we have a guest post from author Carrie Patel. Yay! Thanks for joining us, Carrie! What are your thoughts on revolutions? Let us know in the comments! ————————————– You Say You Want a Revolution Wicked rulers and corrupt governments have been a staple of speculative fiction for about... Read more

Review: The Girl with All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

Everyone and their mother is reading The Girl With All The Gifts, and that is how it should be. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite. But they don’t laugh. Melanie is a very special... Read more

Interview with Joseph D’Lacey

A little while ago, I reviewed the books Black Feathers and The Book of the Crowman. They were excellent books, and the author, Joseph D’Lacey, was kind enough to take time out of his schedule and answer some questions for us. Yay! 1. The Black Feathers Duology is quite unique in its premise and themes. How did you develop it? I’m fortunate in that ideas seem to happen to me regularly and naturally without me... Read more

Book review: The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

The Mirror Empire Author: Kameron Hurley Series: Worldbreaker Saga (book 1) Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Angry Robot Release date: September 2, 2014 (North America); September 4, 2014 (UK) Note: This book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. Blurb: On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past… while a world goes to war with itself. In... Read more

Book review: Some Fine Day by Kat Ross

Some Fine Day Author: Kat Ross Genre: YA SF Publisher: Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot Release Date: July 1, 2014 (North America and digital); Jul 3, 2014 (UK) Note: this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley Blurb: Sixteen-year-old Jansin Nordqvist is on the verge of graduating from the black ops factory known as the Academy. She’s smart and deadly and knows three things with absolute certainty. She knows that when the world flooded and civilization... Read more

Book review: The Buried Life by Carrie Patel

The Buried Life Author: Carrie Patel Genre: Dystopian, SF Publisher: Angry Robot Release Date: July 29, 2014 (North America), August 7, 2014 (UK) Note: this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. Blurb: The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Ricoletta’s top-secret historical research facility.... Read more

Book review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception Author: Mary E. Pearson Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Holt/Macmillan Children’s Release Date: July 15, 2014 Note: this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. Blurb: In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance... Read more

My Boyfriend is a Monster: I Love Him to Pieces (by Evonne Tsang)

On a whim I picked up a graphic novel from the 80% off shelf at Comicopia with low expectations and a piqued curiosity for something apocalyptic (as always). One of the books I grabbed was My Boyfriend is a Monster: I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang. This is one in a series of books about girls who love boys lacking some of the qualifications to make them human. Most of these boys are also... Read more

Free Comic Book Day 2014: IMAGE Comics

Gasp! Not only will there be free comics on Free Comic Book Day but Image Comics  is using this wonderful geek holiday to allow even more newbies entry into the wonderful world of comics and stories with pictures.  Image Comics is launching $1 first edition first issues! Comics are an investment and people want to know if there worth the price of a mediocre sandwich or nah. This way you can get a variety of stories... Read more

Book review: Last God Standing by Michael Boatman

Last God Standing Author: Michael Boatman Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Angry Robot Release date: March 2014 (US/Canada/ebook); April 2014 (UK) Blurb: Creator. Supreme being. Stand-up comic…?! When God decides to quit and join the human race to see what all the fuss is about, all Hell breaks loose. Sensing his abdication, the other defunct gods of Earth’s vanquished pantheons want a piece of the action He abandoned. Meanwhile, the newly-humanised deity must discover the whereabouts and... Read more

In Case of Survival - Organic Panic Logo

PAX East 2014 | Organic Panic

Organic Panic is a  puzzle-platformer about a Protein vs Produce apocalypse. Technically the protein (Meats and Cheeses) have already won and the Produce are living in fear while they’re hunted for sport. LastLimb, created by brother David and Anatole Branch, funded Organic Panic through a kickstarter campaign and got greenlit on Steam Greenlight. Obviously this game makes a good impression. But what was it like to play Organic Panic in real life? Kae and I played... Read more

Review: The Book of the Crowman by Joseph D’Lacey

The Book of the Crowman Series: The Black Dawn Author: Joseph D’Lacey Publisher: Angry Robot Genre: Fantasy Release date: March 2014 Blurb: It is the Black Dawn, a time of environmental apocalypse, the earth wracked and dying. It is the Bright Day, a time long generations hence, when a peace has descended across the world. The search for the shadowy figure known only as the Crowman continues, as the Green Men prepare to rise up... Read more