Book review: Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach

Title: Heaven’s Queen Author: Rachel Bach Publisher: Orbit Genre: SF Available now Blurb: From the moment she took a job on Captain Caldswell’s doomed ship, Devi Morris’ life has been one disaster after another: government conspiracies, two alien races out for her blood, an incurable virus that’s eating her alive. Now, with the captain missing and everyone — even her own government — determined to hunt her down, things are going from bad to impossible. The... 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 Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination

The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius Editor: John Joseph Adams Genre: Science Fiction Anthology Publisher: Tor Note: This review is being published simultaneously on Char’s blog, Apocalypse Mama, and here on In Case of Survival. Blurb:  Mad scientists have never had it so tough. In super-hero comics, graphic novels, films, TV series, video games and even works of what may be fiction, they are besieged by those who... Read more

Broxo by Zack Giallongo

In this wildly entertaining fantasy debut we meet Broxo, the only surviving member of a tribe of barbarians who once occupied a now-desolate mountain. All alone in the world, Broxo spends his time on the mountain hunting and avoiding the man-eating walking dead that periodically drag themselves out of a fetid lake.   Everything changes when Zora, a foreign princess, arrives on the mountain seeking Broxo’s lost tribe. Can the two young warriors together defeat the living dead?... Read more

Book Review: Apocalyse How by Rob Kutner

1 Let’s face it: Our world’s gotta go sometime. Whether it’s due to mushroom clouds, asteroids, a mad supergenius, Jesus, newly sentient iPods, or Pod People, everything about life on Earth is going to change. And you should be psyched. APOCALYPSE HOW is a comprehensive cataclysmic guide that walks you through the Nine Most Likely World-Ending Scenarios, and provides useful and inspiring advice on every aspect of surviving (and thriving!) in the new world to... Read more

Book Review: Starters, By Lissa Price

1 Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man. He hires teens to rent their... Read more

Book Review: The Last Night, by Nico Rosso

1 After a chain of earthquakes ravaged the globe, long-dormant viruses were released into the air, turning many humans into creatures with an appetite for human ashes. Erica and a group of survivors are barricaded in a half-destroyed hotel, and every day brings them closer to being devoured by the seemingly unstoppable ashers. Even though Erica is a fighter, she’s tired of just surviving… When a mysterious stranger rides into town, everything changes. Jake knows... Read more

Book review: An A-to-Z Guide to Biblical Prophecy and the End Times

Publisher’s blurb:1 This dictionary is a comprehensive reference tool designed to assist everyday people in understanding biblical prophecy. Based on solid scholarship, it contains clear and readable entries on a broad sweep of topics relevant to biblical prophecy, providing insight to complicated subjects in a balanced fashion. It shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that I like the apocalypse. (Ha.) I research it, I read novels about it, I watch movies about it, I poke... Read more

Fiction Review: Bitter Harvest by Kim Knox

Bitter Harvest By Kim Knox 1 It’s 2050, and humans are an endangered species. Lieutenant Robert Sutton has survived the collapse of civilization by luck, his wits, and a chance mutation that makes him immune to the nano-virus that has wiped out millions. Now, his compound of survivors is surrounded by the infected, who are driven by the need to spread the contagion through sex. It is only a matter of time before they attack.... Read more

Post Apocalyptic reading: Impressions – When Josie Comes Home, by AE Stanton

The New West 1: When Josie Comes Home by AE Stanton. 1 The future’s a lot like the past — the West’s still hard on women and horses. The future’s a wonderful place to be if you were considered worthy — until a huge solar flare slagged the world computers. Now, over two hundred years later, the unworthies are all that’s left of humanity, and they’ve reverted back to the old, old ways. Josie escapes... Read more