Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Update – #Reviews – #Dystopian #thriller Terry Tyler, #Fantasy D.Wallace Peach, #Shortstories Sian Turner

Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore Update with reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author today is Terry Tyler with a review for her most recent release Megacity (Operation Galton Book 3)

About the book

The UK’s new megacities: contented citizens relieved of the burden of home ownership, living in eco-friendly communities. Total surveillance has all but wiped out criminal activity, and biometric sensor implants detect illness even before symptoms are apparent.

That’s the hype. Scratch the surface, and darker stories emerge.

Tara is offered the chance to become a princess amongst media influencers—as long as she keeps quiet and does as she’s told.

Aileen uproots to the megacity with some reluctance, but none of her misgivings prepare her for the situation she will face: a mother’s worst nightmare.

Radar has survived gang rule in group homes for the homeless, prison and bereavement, and jumps at the chance to live a ‘normal’ life. But at what cost?

For all three, the price of living in a megacity may prove too high.

Megacity is the third and final book in the dystopian Operation Galton trilogy, and is Terry Tyler’s twenty-third publication.

‘As long as some of us are still living free, they have not yet won. Anyone who refuses to live as they want us to has beaten them. That’s how we do it. That’s how we win.’

One of the recent reviews for the book

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 September 2021

Megacity concludes the Operation Galton series by Terry Tyler and this story is a fitting end to another great series from the author. The book covers a number of years in the lives of Megacity/Hope Village/Wasteland characters which begin to intertwine as the story progresses. As with previous books by the author it is written in a journal/diary format. This format really suits Terry’s style of writing and the lead characters really come to life in the story as well as highlighting good background characters and introducing people from previous books in the series. No spoilers from me regarding the storyline but it is the usual fast paced easy reading book that has you always wanting to read one more chapter before you put the book away and then bang – you think you are halfway through the book but have somehow reached the end!!

One of my favourite authors and really excited read about Terry’s next projects which I hope will be hitting the ‘shelves’ in the very near future  

A small selection of books by Terry Tyler

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon UK – And : Amazon US – Follow Terry Tyler: GoodreadsBlog: Terry Tyler Blogspot – Twitter:@TerryTyler4

The next author with a recent review is D.Wallace Peach..for her stand alone fantasy The Ferryman and the Sea Witch

About the book

The merrow rule the sea. Slender creatures, fair of face, with silver scales and the graceful tails of angelfish. Caught in a Brid Clarion net, the daughter of the sea witch perishes in the sunlit air. Her fingers dangle above the swells.

The queen of the sea bares her sharp teeth and, in a fury of wind and waves, cleanses the brine of ships and men. But she spares a boy for his single act of kindness. Callum becomes the Ferryman, and until Brid Clarion pays its debt with royal blood, only his sails may cross the Deep.

Two warring nations, separated by the merrow’s trench, trade infant hostages in a commitment to peace. Now, the time has come for the heirs to return home. The Ferryman alone can undertake the exchange.

Yet, animosities are far from assuaged. While Brid Clarion’s islands bask in prosperity, Haf Killick, a floating city of derelict ships, rots and rusts and sinks into the reefs. Its ruler has other designs.

And the sea witch crafts dark bargains with all sides.

Callum is caught in the breach, with a long-held bargain of his own which, once discovered, will shatter this life.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Pete Springer 5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy on the Open Sea  Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2021

What a beautifully constructed plot involving unforgettable characters. The Sea Witch (Panmar) and the rest of her family of merrows (sea creatures) rule the sea and all ships that pass through the area known as The Deep. On the one side are the more affluent people of Brid Clarion and on the other are the poorer residents of Haf Killick. Callum, The Ferryman, is the bridge between the two opposing groups, but he is not allowed to ever set foot on land. He is given safe passage of the seas by Panmar after attempting to rescue one of her merrow daughters who was trapped in a fishing net.

The laws of the seas include bargains—deals made between the leaders. This was one of the more interesting elements of D. Wallace Peach’s novel because it reminded me of negotiated deals on Earth that have been loosely followed. As part of a “bargain,” the leaders of Brid Clarion and Haf Killick must sacrifice a person to the Sea Witch to ensure their continued safe travels. Anyone who crosses the Sea Witch and fails to make a sacrifice or deceive her in some other way is doomed as she controls the movements of the sea. The Sea Witch requires payment of one human sacrifice for each trip until she receives her royal blood—the sacrifice of someone from either of the royal families. The reader wonders whether the leaders are willing to sacrifice a prince or princess if they feel they have no other alternative.

What makes the plot more suspenseful is that are secret relationships that are revealed as the story unfolds. The Ferryman and his estranged wife, Daylin, have a daughter that no one else knows about which adds tension throughout.

I had previously read another excellent book penned by Ms. Peach, (Liars and Thieves), and I highly recommend either for those who enjoy reading about fantasy worlds with elements and rules of the modern world.  

A selection of books by D.Wallace Peach


Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Follow Diana: Goodreadsblog: Myths of the Mirror – Twitter: @Dwallacepeach

The final author is Sian Turner with a recent review for her latest release – a short story collection A World of Impossibilities

About the collection

A collection of eight magical realism stories (about impossible events, but set against the backdrop of ordinary lives). Read about a wish-granting entity, an unexpected second chance, a ghostly encounter and more. Tear up the rules of known science and stretch your imagination with these variously chilling, humorous, sweet – and often thought-provoking – stories from Sian Turner, author of Splitting Infinities and Sweet Erin.

Contains the following stories (of varying length):

  • The Second Life of Grizelda the Cat – Grizelda, being a cat, should have nine lives, but two is quite enough.
  • I have a Reservation – A reservation in a restaurant with a most unusual atmosphere.
  • Gran’s Loft – Laying insulation in a loft should be child’s play, but not for Gregor.
  • Real Life Magic – A little girl with a special gift bites off more than she can chew.
  • Vota Torquent – a wish-granting entity helps a woman in need of a job.
  • That’s the Ticket – A string of numbers can be more trouble than they’re worth.
  • The Mirror – Susan makes a discovery in the loft of her new home, but her find has unexpected consequences.
  • Lacking Inspiration – Author Stella takes a walk in the park seeking inspiration, but gets way more than she bargained for.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Jun 07, 2021 Jenny Twist rated it five stars it was amazing

A cat, suddenly possessed by a strange being, a child discovering she can make magic, a celestial being who grants wishes. A wonderful collection of short stories, beautifully-written – some with unique plot lines. Highly entertaining and highly recommended for all lovers of short stories.

A selection of other books by Sian Turner

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Follow Sian: Goodreads – Website/Blog: Sian Turner Author WordPress – Facebook: Sian Turner Author – Twitter: @SianTurner1066


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with some books thanks Sally.


67 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Update – #Reviews – #Dystopian #thriller Terry Tyler, #Fantasy D.Wallace Peach, #Shortstories Sian Turner

  1. I saw another review today on Megacity, so awesome to see it again. All of these are awesome reviews. I absolutely loved Diana’s book. And I love the thought of magical realism in Sian’s stories! Thanks, Sally!

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  3. Thanks so much for sharing Pete’s review, Sally. I was so tickled to see it. And delighted to share the post with some other speculative fiction writers – my tribe. Lol. Congrats to Terry and Sian on the wonderful reviews. I apologize for heading here late… life. 🙂 Hugs.

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  4. I’m a real fan of Terry Tyler’s work and about to start her Operation Galton series. I also love Diana’s books and The Ferryman and the Sea Witch is fabulous. A window of reading opportunity has opened and I’ve discovered some superb writers that I wouldn’t otherwise have known about were it not for Smorgasbord. I’m intrigued by Sian’s book now. Many thanks, Sally! xx

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