This is a blog with spoiler free reviews. Most will be Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror, but there will be some books in other genres, including the occasional Non-Fiction review. There is an ongoing series of Cover Reveal Round-Ups, and sometimes I'll write an article on something that interests me.

12 September, 2013


   First up the cover for the first book in a series coming in August 2014, with design by Lauren Panepinto. You can read more about the book over on the author's blog. I like this cover, it's a very simple one stylistically speaking, but it's an image that is eyecatching to me. The cover alone would make me check out this book more closely.

   This cover by Charles Vess is for a Subterranean Press limited print edition of a novella coming in April 2014. I really like Vess' art, and this is certainly not an exception to that.

   A new series from Strange Chemistry, with the first book being released 5 November, gets a cover with a symbol on it. I like this one, not sure what the symbol represents but it looks like it could be a real symbol for something. It has me intrigued.

   Some of you may have spotted that this isn't a new book. The cover is for Tor UK's latest release/printing of this collection, you can see the old one, and read a bit about the book, here. I haven't read the book, but I may pick it up in the future. I think the new cover looks much more modern and science fictiony, but not entirely sure I think it's better than the old one. But then again that could just be me getting old and nostalgic for the covers of yesteryear...

   This book will be out 24 October from Hodder & Stoughton, the art is by Marko Manev. I really like this cover. It has a Noir World War II Video-game feel to it. (And I hope at least one person understands what I mean by that.) This would certainly make me pick up the book and see what it's about.

   From Orbit we have this cover for book with a March 2014 release. It's the first book in a new Epic Fantasy trilogy. It has a hooded man on the cover, but I don't think that matters at all if the cover is well done. This is, and I like it a lot.

   Also from Orbit, this cover designed by Kirk Benshoff is the cover for the third book in a Science Fiction trilogy, it will be released 22 April 2014. If you haven't caught the first two books yet, it's because they are not out. Read more about them, and see their covers here. I think both the above, and the two other covers, look interesting. I'll most likely be checking out these books when they come out.

   More from Orbit. Coming in July 2014, this is designed by Kirk Benshoff and has an illustration by Raphael Lacoste. It's for a new Epic Fantasy series, and it looks very interesting. In fact I want this book to be out a bit before July next year based on what I can see on the cover.

   This one, also from Orbit, is for the forth book in the Expanse series. Illustration is by Daniel Dociu and design by Kirk Benshoff. This is pretty much what you expect a Science Fiction cover to look like, and I in no way mean that as something bad. I really like Science Fiction covers of this type, and I always check out books with this type of cover.

   Also from Orbit, again. This book will be released on 8 April 2014. The cover is dominated by the long title, but I think it works very well. But that isn't the most interesting thing about this book. According to Orbit,  "Claire North is a pseudonym for an acclaimed British author who has previously published several novels". Someone on Twitter suggested K.J. Parker, and that may be correct. But my suggestion was J.K. Rowling, not because I have any special reason to think so, but I wanted to make that prediction early just in case.

   You have probably noticed that there is a lot of covers from books from Orbit in this cover reveal post. That's because they have recently released covers for their Spring - Summer 2014 releases. You can see them here (UK) and here (US). There are a few differences between the two.


  1. Cibola Burn is following the same style cover as the other Expanse books. It's a really fun series, so I'm looking forward to see where it goes. The added news that it's being adapted for television is just the icing on the cake.

    1. Haven't read any of those books. I've heard quite a lot of good though. Might catch up to them one day in the future.

    2. I know you mentioned you're on an epic fantasy kick. But if you feel like jumping back to sci-fi (STOP AUTO-CORRECTING SCI-FI!!!!), then I definitely recommend picking up Leviathan Wakes. It is a really fast-paced, easy read. Some of the best sci-fi I've read in a long time. The first book is the best.