The Damned, Tarn Richardson (Duckworth @ Co.)

The first installment of the Darkest Hour trilogy introduces us to Poldek Tacit, a Vatican Inquisitor – the novel is set in an alternate timeline in which the Inquisition did not end in the 19th century – dispatched to World War I France to investigate a series of brutal murders. But Tacit soon discovers there’s … Continue reading The Damned, Tarn Richardson (Duckworth @ Co.)

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North Sea Hunters, Brad Harmer-Barnes (Severed Press)

Let’s get my personal bias out of the way. I love giant-shark stories. Steve Alten’s Meg books, for example, are a constant source of delight. So are cheesy flicks like Megashark Versus Giant Octopus. I’m not sure why, and I try not to shine too bright a light on the whole subject, but I love … Continue reading North Sea Hunters, Brad Harmer-Barnes (Severed Press)

The Sleepwalker Legacy, Christopher Hepworth (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)

The year: 1814. On an American battlefield, a British scientist, George Napier, witnesses the most shocking thing he has ever seen: soldiers, their natural abilities bolstered by a drug called Berserker, attacking the enemy with a level of violence no one has ever seen before. That no one had ever imagined. Until now. The drug … Continue reading The Sleepwalker Legacy, Christopher Hepworth (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)

Winnipeg Free Press column, December 2012

If you're looking for something for a book-lover's Christmas stocking, start with Michael Crichton and Richard Preston's Micro (HarperCollins, 536 pages, $11). The novel was unfinished when Crichton died in 2008. Preston, who lives in New Jersey, completed it, but the collaboration is seamless: this reads like Grade A Crichton all the way. Without blowing … Continue reading Winnipeg Free Press column, December 2012

Winnipeg Free Press column, May 2010

Dracula the Un-Dead (Penguin, 591 pages, $14) is a rousing and occasionally very frightening sequel to Bram Stoker's Dracula. Authors Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt, working from Bram Stoker's handwritten notes, have taken his characters and crafted a new story, set a quarter century after Dracula. Not only do they continue the story of Mina … Continue reading Winnipeg Free Press column, May 2010

The Serpent of Venice, Christopher Moore (Morrow)

What do you get when you stitch Othello, The Merchant of Venice, and “The Cask of Amontillado” together? Well, you get this rollickin’ adventure in which Pocket, the royal fool introduced in Moore’s Fool (2009), is lured to Venice, where he thinks he’ll be having a fun time with the beautiful Portia, but where three men (including a fella named … Continue reading The Serpent of Venice, Christopher Moore (Morrow)