Audiobook review – Alien: Out of the Shadows

The audio dramatisation of Tim Lebbon’s Alien: Out of the Shadows is great fun, both eerie and atmospheric while staying mostly true to the Alien legend we know and love. Laurel Lefkow voices Ripley but at times you’ll be forgiven for thinking it’s Sigourney Weaver herself as it is such a great impersonation, and one that … Read more

Disability in fantasy

Susannah Dean (Dark Tower books)

A post by Peter Newman, author of The Vagrant and The Malice Although The Vagrant is known for having a silent protagonist I’m going to talk about someone else in the series today, a character known as Tough Call. Tough Call is the rebel leader of Verdigris, who sets up her group headquarters underneath the … Read more

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, read by Stephen Fry

Sometimes books and narrators are perfectly matched. Stephen King’s Dark Tower series and the voices of George Guidall and Frank Muller is one example, Guy Gavriel Kay’s works and Simon Vance another. And we also have Stephen Fry and Harry Potter, which is a match made in heaven. It’s surprising to find that the first … Read more

Review: The Official A Game Of Thrones Colouring Book

A Game of Thrones interior illustration

When my Mum informed me that she needed to borrow some of my Derwent colouring pencils, I was a bit surprised. Turns out, however, that adult colouring has taken the world by storm. Bookstores all over the world are now selling colouring books for adults, with themes from intricately drawn flower mandalas to cats. And … Read more

Spotlight: Dawn of Wonder by Jonathan Renshaw

Dawn of Wonder (The Wakening: Book 1) Winner 2015 CIPA EVVY awards for Fiction/Fantasy Current finalist 2015 Writer’s Digest Self Published Book Awards for Genre Fiction #1 Bestseller in Epic, Historical and Coming of Age Fantasy When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their … Read more

Our #SPFBO champion

Over the last few months Fergus and I have read steadily through our five short-listed Self-Published Fantasy Book-Off entries and we are pleased to announce that a winner has been chosen. Before we announce the winner, here are our thoughts on the four other excellent short-listed titles. Runner-up: Frotwoot’s Faerie Tales (The Unseelie Court #1) by … Read more

Our SPFBO short-list

We are taking part in the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off, a competition where we – and many other fantasy websites – receive 25 self-published fantasy books and are given the difficult task of selecting just 1 to put forward to the next stage. Fergus and I approached this task in this way – we … Read more

Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes read by Will Patton

The following is a review of the audio-book edition of Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes, a cat and mouse thriller narrated by Will Patton and first released in June 2014. Author King and narrator Patton recently joined forces for Dr Sleep, the author’s last publication (that review can be found here), and a sequel to his … Read more

The Charlaine Harris Blog Tour: A quick Q&A

We are, here at Fantasy Book Review, honoured to welcome award-winning author Charlaine Harris to our website during her whistle-stop blog tour promoting her brand new book, Midnight Crossroad (you can read our review here). The creator of the massively popular Sookie Stackhouse series kindly answered a few questions on Midnight, the setting for her … Read more

Guy Gavriel Kay’s River of Stars read by Simon Vance

The following is a review of the audio-book edition of Guy Gavriel Kay’s River of Stars, a return to the world and setting of his critically acclaimed Under Heaven, narrated by Simon Vance and first released in July 2013. This was not my first experience of a collaboration between author Guy Gavriel Kay and narrator … Read more