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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 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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Uncanny Magazine Issue 7, December 2015 (e-magazine review).

December 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
Uncanny Magazine Issue 7, December 2015 (e-magazine review).

Well, I’ve not read ‘Uncanny Magazine’ before so this should be a journey into the unknown with hidden dangers and surprises or so I thought. Once past the striking cover and the contents section, there’s a piece about the cover artist. Hmmm, this feels a bit familiar. Next up is an editorial comment from Lynne […]

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Déjà Vu by Ian Hocking (book review).

November 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Déjà Vu by Ian Hocking (book review).

Every now and then a story comes along that makes me sit up and take a bit of notice. Well, ‘Déjà Vu’ by Ian Hocking is one of those. It is set in the year 2023 so it’s not too far in the future but far enough for some startling breakthroughs to have occurred. I […]

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Big Data Is Watching You! (A Comic Dystopia) by Bruce Hartman (ebook review).

November 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
Big Data Is Watching You! (A Comic Dystopia) by Bruce Hartman (ebook review).

Expected publication: November 10th 2015 At the very end of my e-book edition there is an important note which starts with the sentence ‘Big Data Is Watching You! is a work of satirical fiction set in a nonexistent world in the distant future.’ It might be a non-existent world but it has some striking similarities […]

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SmartYellow by J.A. Christy (book review).

September 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
SmartYellow by J.A. Christy (book review).

This is speculative fiction with a hint of Science Fiction to help provide the environment. The title ‘SmartYellow’ refers to a genetic marker which is being used to tag low level criminals and undesirables who unwittingly reside within enclosures. Although it may be speculative fiction, it has got its roots in the current world which […]

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King Of The Bastards by Stephen Shrewsbury and Brian Keene (book review)

September 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
King Of The Bastards by Stephen Shrewsbury and Brian Keene (book review)

‘King Of The Bastards’ falls into the sword & sorcery bracket. The one with big men with big muscles and big swords fighting wizards. It is a bit of an odd book in terms of its construction as before you get to the Prologue there is a ‘What has gone before’ section. This is titled […]

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I Am Titanium (Pax Black book 1) by John Patrick Kennedy (book review).

July 31, 2015 | By | Reply More
I Am Titanium (Pax Black book 1) by John Patrick Kennedy (book review).

I think ‘I Am Titanium’ is aimed at the younger person who likes superheroes. There’s a lot of teenage angst, sex and violence held loosely together by a strange plot. The story starts with the main character Pax’s consciousness returning back from a trip to the astral plane to take up residence once again in […]

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Travelling In Space by Steven Paul Leiva (book review).

July 7, 2015 | By | Reply More
Travelling In Space by Steven Paul Leiva (book review).

‘Traveling In Space’ tells the tale of a group of aliens aboard a colony ship who are travelling the universe in search of other planets to colonise. They simply call themselves ‘Life’ from the planet ‘The Living World’ and the spaceship is called the ‘Lifeship’. The story is written from the perspective of the aliens […]

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