Science fiction and fantasy                                            



Not For The Squeamish

If you prefer your villains cute and your horror toned down, look away now. In these books the authors have held nothing back when it comes to shocking their readers with grisly scenes and twisted antagonists.

Defender (2017) by G. X. Todd
People everywhere have started hearing voices which urge them towards violence. Pilgrim and Lacey are struggling to survive in a world where even their own thoughts may betray them.
4 star rating

Monstress Volume One: Awakening (2016) by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
A teenager searches for answers about herself and her war-torn past, whilst a monster stirs inside her. A graphic novel.
5 star rating

Abducted (2016) by Evangeline Anderson
An ordinary paralegal is transported around the universe by a hunky alien who believes she is very special. Book one of the Alien Mate Index.
4 star rating

Radiance (2015) by Grace Draven
Two minor royals marry to secure an alliance between their countries, although they find each other hideous and others will scheme to tear them apart. The first novel in the Wraith Kings series.
5 star rating

Rat Queens Volume One: Sass And Sorcery (2015) by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch
A group of young women would rather get drunk and slay trolls than call their parents. A graphic novel.
5 star rating

Rat Queens: Volume Two: The Far Reaching Tentacles Of N'Rygoth (2015) by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Roc Upchurch and Stjepan Sejic
The second instalment of the Rat Queens series the Queens take on demons from another dimension who are destroying their town. A graphic novel.
5 star rating

Sleeping Late On Judgement Day (2014) by Tad Williams
Bobby Dollar has already been to Hell, but his toughest test will come when he takes on a rogue angel who outranks him many times over. The third Bobby Dollar novel.
5 star rating

Saga: Volume Three (2014) by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
New parents from opposing sides of a conflict hide out in a lighthouse, but their pursuers are on their trail. A graphic novel.
5 star rating

Breach Zone (2014) by Myke Cole
A witch invades New York with a plan to take over, and she wants illegal magic users to join her against humanity. The third novel in the Shadow Ops series.
4 star rating

Across The Event Horizon (2013) by Mercurio D. Rivera
There's something quite classic about this collection of mostly science fiction stories. These short tales deal with aliens, bizarre futures and peculiar societies.
5 star rating

Happy Hour In Hell (2013) by Tad Williams
An angel descends into Hell to retrieve his demonic girlfriend, to find that the torment and monsters are only part of his problems. The second Bobby Dollar novel.
5 star rating

Apocalypse Now Now (2013) by Charlie Human
Baxter is trying to lead a normal life as a high school racketeer when his girlfriend goes missing, and he has to hire a supernatural bounty hunter to retrieve her. The first in the Apocalypse Now Now series.
5 star rating

Dark Secrets (2013) by Shona Husk
Haidyn is a whore, scorned by society. However his clients are unaware that all he ever sells them is an illusion.
4 star rating

The Farm (2013) by Emily McKay
Vampires have overrun America. Lily and her sister Mel are imprisoned on a farm where they are treated like cattle, but a botched escape will probably mean death.
4 star rating

Fiend (2013) by Peter Stenson
The zombie apocalypse had arrived, but all Chase cares about is where the next hit is coming from.
4 star rating

The 5th Wave (2013) by Rick Yancey
Aliens have come to wipe out humankind in this post-apocalyptic novel. Cassie, Zombie, and a few other ill-equipped teenagers seem to be the last, fading hope of the human race.
4 star rating

Saga: Volume Two (2013) by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
In this graphic novel a family flees from those who want them dead, and the hazards of outer space. Volume two of the Saga series.
4 star rating

The Return Man (2012) by V. M. Zito
Half of America has been overrun by zombies. So why has one man ignored the evacuation order and stayed to put them down?
5 star rating

Super Crooks: The Heist (2012) by Mark Millar and Leinil Yu
A group of crooks plan to rob the most dangerous villain of them all in order to save one of their own. But they are out of practice and unprofessional. Can they get away with it? A graphic novel.
4 star rating

Nocturnal (2012) by Scott Sigler
A pair of detectives take on a cult of monsters that lurk under the streets of San Francisco.
4 star rating

The Dirty Streets Of Heaven (2012) by Tad Williams
An angel gets on the case of a missing soul. The first in the Bobby Dollar series.
4 star rating

Tomorrow The Killing (2012) by Daniel Polansky
Warden reluctantly sets out to find a missing woman. The second in the Low Town series.
4 star rating

Blackbirds (2012) by Chuck Wendig
Miriam Black can see how people will die, but her gift is a curse if she can't change anyone's fate.
4 star rating

A Town Called Pandemonium (2012) by Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin
An anthology of strange stories based in a town of gunslingers, rough justice and broken dreams.
4 star rating

Juggernaut (2012) by Adam Baker
A group of mercenaries hunt for gold in a poisoned desert, but something else is waiting for them.
4 star rating

Saga: Volume One (2012) by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
A child is born to two fugitives on opposite sides of a galactic conflict in a futuristic universe of magic and high technology. A graphic novel.
4 star rating

Last Days (2012) by Adam Nevill
A hard-up documentary maker investigates a sinister 70s cult, only to discover that its horrors are not all in the past.
4 star rating

Red Country (2012) by Joe Abercrombie
A group of people strike westwards in search of justice, revenge, their abducted families, or simply a way to earn a living. A stand-alone novel set in the world of the First Law series.
4 star rating

A Hunger So Wild (2012) by Sylvia Day
A Fallen angel is attracted to a man who should be her sworn enemy. The second in the Renegade Angels series.
3 star rating

A Touch of Crimson (2012) by Sylvia Day
He's the top angel, in charge of keeping all the other angels in line. So why is Adrian Mitchell trying to seduce a mortal woman?
3 star rating