Tag Archives: Noir SF

Titanshade is a Meaty, Inventive Fantasy Noir

For a book set in a wildly inventive fantasy world, Titanshade feels damn real.  And not just because they have 8-track players.  Most of the characters fit into well-worn roles—jaded veteran cop, earnest rookie cop, angry police captain, dirty ex-cop, … Continue reading

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DNF Review of Hex-Rated by Jason Ridler

I had to request an ARC of Hex-Rated as soon as I saw the cover.  The snake, the woman tied to a post, the guy in a cheap blue suit, the font of the title…it’s a little lurid, it’s got … Continue reading

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Review of Moonshine vol. 1 by Brian Azzarello

Moonshine is a new comic about a Prohibition-era gangster sent deep into the dark hills of Virginia to recruit a hillbilly moonshiner to work for the organization. If the copy and the silhouette on the back cover don’t clue you … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

Tension, apprehension, and dissension have begun . . . Alfred Bester may have had a touch of psionic ability himself.  The Demolished Man reads like equal parts hardboiled noir and cyberpunk.  It’s tense and taut throughout, if it never quite … Continue reading

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Review of The Dark Side by Anthony O’Neill

I had the pleasure of attending LibertyCon this past weekend.  While I was there I attended a panel on noir and hardboiled detective fiction.  (One of the panelists was Larry Correia, who wrote the excellent noir fantasy Grimnoir Chronicles.)  I’ve … Continue reading

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Short Review Roundup – 2014 Hugo Awards Edition

In an effort to clear my backlog of books I’ve read but not reviewed, I’m posting short review roundups.  I already wrote a post on the best of the 2015 books I read that didn’t get Hugo nominations.  Today’s post … Continue reading

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Review of Something More Than Night by Ian Tregillis

Ian Tregillis made a very big impression on me with his debut trilogy, the Milkweed Triptych.  Something More Than Night is something completely different.  The Milkweed Triptych was a fantasy pseudo-science-ish time-hopping alternative history.  Something More Than Night is a … Continue reading

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Review of Killing Pretty (Sandman Slim) by Richard Kadrey

Sandman Slim investigates Death’s death in this hip, propulsive urban fantasy through a phantasmagoric LA rife with murder, mayhem, and magic. James Stark has met his share of demons and angels, on earth and beyond. Now, he’s come face to … Continue reading

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Review of Pale Realms of Shade by John C. Wright

Pale Realms of Shade starts with a killer opening line—“It was not the being dead that I minded, it was the hours.”  Before he was a ghost, Matthias was the sort of detective who has “silver bullets in [his] gun, … Continue reading

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Review of The Plural of Helen of Troy by John C. Wright

In Metrachronopolis time is cheap. It’s a city existing outside of time and all of its possible timelines, ruled over absolutely by near omnipotent Time Wardens. The Time Wardens have populated it with people that catch their interest, mostly famous … Continue reading

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