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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 Legion of Shadows (a DestinyQuest book) by Michael J. Ward

May 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Legion of Shadows (a DestinyQuest book) by Michael J. Ward

For those new to the ‘DestinyQuest’ books, I should point out that they are what you might call an interactive ‘Dungeons And Dragon’ style novel. Interactive in so much as you the reader are called on to read some text, make decisions based on what you have just read and quite frequently, to simulate combat […]

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Apex Magazine Issue 72, May 2015 (magazine review).

May 14, 2015 | By | Reply More
Apex Magazine Issue 72, May 2015 (magazine review).

It’s been a couple of months since I last read ‘Apex Magazine’ and the first thing to hit you is the cover artwork by Beth Spencer which is striking to say the least. It’s not often you see a steampunk fairy. While talking about the cover, I should mention that there’s a good interview with […]

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Waiting For The Machines To Fall Asleep edited by Peter Öberg (book reviews).

May 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
Waiting For The Machines To Fall Asleep edited by Peter Öberg (book reviews).

‘Waiting For The Machines To Fall Asleep’ is a collection of new Science Fiction stories from Sweden. It is edited by Peter Öberg, while Andreas Raninger provides the cover illustration. What we have here is twenty-six pieces of speculative fiction with the majority being Science Fiction from authors I had not heard of before. Now, […]

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Metal Gear Solid by Raymond Benson (book review).

March 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
Metal Gear Solid by Raymond Benson (book review).

The blurb on the front cover announces that ‘Metal Gear Solid’ is ‘The official novel of the thrilling Konami video game created by Hideo Kojima!’ This should have started ringing alarm bells as the statement really defines the target audience for this novel; people who have bought into the video game. As I haven’t played […]

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Starfist: Wings Of Hell (book 13) by David Sherman and Dan Cragg (book review).

March 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
Starfist: Wings Of Hell (book 13) by David Sherman and Dan Cragg (book review).

‘Wings Of Hell’ is the thirteenth novel in the ‘Starfist’ series of military Science Fiction series. It’s the first one I have read so I’m coming to the series like a new, green recruit. The premise for this book as set out on the back cover says the human settled planet Haulover has been invaded […]

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Apex Magazine Issue 70, March 2015 (magazine review)

March 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
Apex Magazine Issue 70, March 2015  (magazine review)

I wasn’t particularly taken with the February edition of ‘Apex’ as I thought it had taken on a distinctly feminine tone which wasn’t to my liking, so it was with a little nervousness that I opened the March edition. A quick look down the table of contents shows that all the stories authors are women. […]

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Xenoform by Mike Berry (book review).

March 5, 2015 | By | Reply More
Xenoform by Mike Berry (book review).

This is a tale from our dark and dismal future where body modifications (bodymods) are all the rage. The general folk just have cosmetic ones such as the character in the opening chapter who has a pair of parrot wings. Others have mods to assist in their chosen career such as military, police and, of […]

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The Realignment Case by R. J. Dearden (book review).

February 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Realignment Case by R. J. Dearden (book review).

It has been awhile since a book grabbed me to the point where I found it hard to put down. There are some very good ideas here in ‘The Realignment Case’ by R.J. Dearden and you need to pay attention as the plot twists and turns at a fairly hectic pace. As I was reading […]

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Sing Me Your Scars by Damien Angelica Walters (book review).

February 19, 2015 | By | Reply More
Sing Me Your Scars by Damien Angelica Walters (book review).

This is the third book in Apex’s ‘Voices’ series and is a collection of twenty rather good short stories by Damien Angelica Walters divided into three sections: ‘Part I: Here’, ‘Part II: And The Now’ and ‘Part III: And Away’. The stories are a mixture of horror and fantasy with some stories being a combination […]

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War Stories: New Military Science Fiction edited by Jaym Gates & Andrew Liptak

February 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
War Stories: New Military Science Fiction edited by Jaym Gates & Andrew Liptak

This is a collection of twenty-two stories arranged into four parts with an additional story slotted in between the ‘Forward’ and ‘Part 1: Wartime Systems’. It’s a strange place to put a story but there you go. The ‘Forward’ is by Gregory Drobny, who himself has military experience, and it’s an excellent forward for a […]

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