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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 Stars Blue Yonder by Sandra McDonald (book review).

January 14, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Stars Blue Yonder by Sandra McDonald	(book review).

The inside cover note says that Chief Terry Myell died and became a god and now he’s back to life. He is being directed to save humankind but gets distracted with time travel and an alien adversary called the Flying Doctor. Having read the book, I can say that just about sums it up with […]

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The Intrinsic # 2 (comicbook review)

November 26, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Intrinsic # 2 		(comicbook review)

The second issue of The Intrinsic’ comic starts where the first edition left off. Ishmael Stone (Philosopher Rex), his accomplice Blind Jack and the two new recruits are being attacked by a demonic hoard from another dimension. Given that the new recruit Tori was until late in the first episode a dancer, it’s not surprising […]

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Agent To The Stars by John Scalzi (book review)

November 25, 2012 | By | Reply More
Agent To The Stars by John Scalzi		(book review)

I first came across John Scalzi when I read ‘Old Man’s War’. This book made a big impression on me and is one of the few physical books I have retained for re-reading. Unfortunately, Scalzi’s subsequent novels were not so well received and so he dropped off my radar. When I saw the book listed, […]

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Space Captain Smith by Toby Frost (book review)

November 19, 2012 | By | Reply More
Space Captain Smith by Toby Frost (book review)

Imagine that the British Empire never faded but expanded into space taking it’s Victorian attitudes with it. Isambard Smith is a product of that environment and very comfortable with its morals and social values. Unfortunately, he’s not a happy chap, having spent a year entering data about asteroids into a computer and having six requests […]

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The Intrinsic (comicbook review)

November 19, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Intrinsic (comicbook review)

The first edition of ‘The Intrinsic’ covers chapter 1 ‘Torment’. Before getting further into the plot I should mention that the story was written by Sean Patrick O’Reilly, Casey Jones and Erik Hendrix with Allan Oterd doing the pencilling. The colorist for this edition was Chandran Ponnusamy and EriK Hendrix did the letters. The artwork […]

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The Dark Knight Rises: The Official Movie Novelisation by Greg Cox (book review)

November 9, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Dark Knight Rises: The Official Movie Novelisation by Greg Cox (book review)

I must admit I have never read a Batman book before. Of course, I have read untold numbers of Batman comics and graphic novels. When added to the’ Batman’ TV shows, films and cartoons I have watched over the years, I think I can say that I know one or two things about our batty […]

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Albedo One # 42 (magazine review)

November 4, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Albedo One # 42 (magazine review)

‘Albedo One’ is a bit of a mixed bag. It has an interview with a writer several short stories and reviews of other stories. As with any collection of short stories there are going to be some that work for the reader and some that don’t. Issue 42 of ‘Albedo One’ is no exception to […]

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The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight by Jack Campbell (book review)

October 26, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight by Jack Campbell (book review)

This is a novel from the Lost Fleet Universe as depicted in the original ‘Lost Fleet’ series of novels. For those new to the story, these novels described the antics of the legendary Black Jack as he led the Alliance Fleet back from an attack deep in Syndicate space. Jack Geary ship was destroyed in […]

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Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton (book review)

October 23, 2012 | By | Reply More
Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton (book review)

I have completed the ‘Great North Road’ and it’s an epic trek taking you to places you would never otherwise visit, meeting both extraordinary and ordinary people. I said it was an epic trek and it is, taking 117 days with the journey starting on Sunday January 13th 2143 and ending on Thursday 9th May […]

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The Evil Tree by Erik Hendrix and Daniel Thollin

August 31, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Evil Tree by Erik Hendrix and Daniel Thollin

‘The Evil Tree’ is a rather good ghost story that is rather let down by the artistic style used to depict it. With the story taking up 98 pages, there is room for quite a bit of bonus material filling it out to a respectable 110 pages. Erik Hendrix is credited as the writer with […]

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