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Author Archive: AndyWhitaker

I live in deepest darkest Essex where I enjoy photography, real ales, walking my dog, cooking and a really good book. I own an e-book reader which goes with me everywhere but still enjoy the traditional paper based varieties.

My oriental studies have earned me a black belt in Suduko and I'm considered a master in deadly Bonsai (there are very few survivors).

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The Bearer Of Grievances by Joseph McKinley (book review).

March 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Bearer Of Grievances by Joseph McKinley (book review).

This is a collection of eight short stories by Joseph McKinley paints a rather bleak picture of our future. The book, ‘The Bearer Of Grievances’, gets its title from the first story which is very good. Imagine a technology that can remove a segment of your memory. Not only remove it but preserve it, so it’s […]

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Winter by Dan Grace (ebook review).

March 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Winter by Dan Grace (ebook review).

At 67 pages, ‘Winter’ by Dan Grace falls somewhere between a short story and a novel. It should have enough space to develop a plot or characters before a tidy ending which are often missing from short stories. In keeping with its name, ‘Winter’ is a grim story set in a grim time. The characters […]

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Black And White by Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge (book review).

March 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Black And White by Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge (book review).

In theory ‘Black And White’ should be a very good book as it’s written by two accomplished authors, Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge, and involves comicbook heroes and villains. There’s also the general presentation and format of the book which is novel (no pun intended). Unfortunately, theory once again breaks down in practice. Before describing […]

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The Rhesus Chart (A Laundry Files novel) by Charles Stross.

March 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Rhesus Chart (A Laundry Files novel) by Charles Stross.

Bob’s 10% project is data mining. He’s looking to identify outbreaks of anything peculiar using the National Health Service data lakes. It just so happens that there is an unusual spike in the data which indicates that something is not quite right and possibly getting worse with the potential to get much, much worse. It’s […]

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Apex Magazine # 81, February 2016 (magazine review).

February 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Apex Magazine # 81, February 2016 (magazine review).

It’s February, so it’s time for Apex Magazine # 81. As always, the first thing to hit you is the cover art and I do like this month. It’s by David Demaret who manages to impress not only by what’s depicted but by the suggestion there’s an awful lot more just out of view. The […]

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In A Right State by Ben Ellis (book review).

February 8, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
In A Right State by Ben Ellis (book review).

This is the first book from Ben Ellis so it’s his debut novel which surprised me as its quite impressive in some respects. It is set in a small town in the south of a future Briton where both local and national government has outsourced just about everything to corporations. The corporations aren’t doing it […]

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Apex Magazine # 80, January 2016 (magazine review).

January 14, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Apex Magazine # 80, January 2016 (magazine review).

The first ‘Apex’ magazine of 2016 is a bumper edition with a rather surreal cover by Matt Davis. It’s a cover that certainly gets your attention so I suppose it does its job. Jason Sizemore is holding the Editor-In-Chief baton so we’re in safe hands. Squeezed into this edition are six original works, two reprints, […]

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The Machine Awakes by Adam Christopher (book review).

January 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Machine Awakes by Adam Christopher (book review).

Well, well, well. It’s been over 18 months since I reviewed Adam Christopher’s ‘The Burning Dark’ which is the novel that proceeds this one. I thought at the time it would work well as a film and still do, what with it being a creepy ghost story. ‘The Machine Awakes’ however is a different item. […]

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Superhighway (Superhighway Trilogy book 1) by Alex Fayman (book review).

January 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Superhighway (Superhighway Trilogy book 1) by Alex Fayman (book review).

It’s not often you get a book that’s classified as Science Fiction but when you dig into it, it needs a bit of good old fashion magic to make things work. ‘Superhighway’ tells the story of Alexander Fine (Alex) who’s an intelligent young man who’s been raised in an orphanage. Alex’s life changes beyond his […]

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The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (book review)

December 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers  (book review)

Let me say straight off I enjoyed ‘The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet’ this book by Becky Chambers, an author I had never heard of before. The difficult bit for me was trying to work out why I enjoyed it. We have the story of the crew of the Wayfarer as it goes […]

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