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Land Of The Headless by Adam Roberts (book review)

January 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
Land Of The Headless by Adam Roberts (book review)

Adam Roberts is an ideas man. ‘Land Of The Headless’ is only the second of his novels I have read. The first was ‘Stone’. In both books, Roberts introduces some very modern and refreshing ideas. But where Roberts really excels is in the thinking through of those ideas. Nothing is throwaway in a Roberts novel. […]

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Invasive Procedures (book 1) by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (book review).

November 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
Invasive Procedures (book 1) by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (book review).

‘Invasive Procedures’ by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnson’s story set in a near future or maybe contemporary tale of biological threat, megalomaniacal plot and military investigation. It has a nice twist on the usual apocalypse-by-virus tale that lends it freshness and a fast, thriller, almost free-wheeling style that helps the book zip along in […]

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Alyssa’s Ring (book 5 of The Guardian Cycle) by Julia Gray (book review).

August 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
Alyssa’s Ring (book 5 of The Guardian Cycle) by Julia Gray (book review).

‘Alyysa’s Ring’ is the fifth and final book in ‘The Guardian Cycle’ by Julia Gray, following ‘The Dark Moon’, ‘The Jasper Forest’, ‘The Crystal Desert’ and ‘The Red Glacier’. In ‘The Dark Moon’, the hero, Terrel, was exiled from his home after discovering he is the twin of the imperial prince Jax and has royal […]

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Escape From Hell by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (book review).

April 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Escape From Hell by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (book review).

Larry Niven should need no introduction to readers of Science Fiction. The creator of ‘Known Space’, he is perhaps best known for ‘Ringworld’, which won the Nebula, Hugo and Locus awards. Jerry Pournelle is also a successful SF author, although eclipsed by his writing partner, he has also included aerospatial science in his career. Together, […]

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The Sandman Overture # 1 by Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams III (comicbook review).

January 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Sandman Overture # 1 by Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams III (comicbook review).

There can be few comic fans that are unaware of Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman’ series which ran for 75 issues from January 1989 to March 1996. It was an influential part of the move towards a more mature, serious stance for the medium of comics and was so successful that it remains in print in various […]

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Return To Quag Keep by Andre Norton and Jean Rabe (book review).

November 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
Return To Quag Keep by Andre Norton and Jean Rabe (book review).

The 2006 novel ‘Return To Quag Keep’ by Andre Norton and Jean Rabe is a sequel to Andre Norton’s novel, ‘Quag Keep’. In 1976, Gary Gygax, one of the co-creators of ‘Dungeons & Dragons’, invited noted fantasy author Andre Norton to play his new game. In 1978, Norton published ‘Quag Keep’, inspired by that experience: […]

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Quag Keep by Andre Norton (book review).

August 28, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Quag Keep by Andre Norton (book review).

‘Quag Keep’ holds the interesting distinction to be the first ever genre novel based on ‘Dungeons And Dragons’ and therefore stands at the start of a long and successful literary tradition. Andre Norton was the well-respected author of dozens of series with ‘Witchworld’ being maybe the most well-known and a great many standalone novels. She […]

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Lost Truth (The Truth series book 4) by Dawn Cook (book review).

January 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
Lost Truth (The Truth series book 4) by Dawn Cook (book review).

‘Lost Truth’ is in fact the fourth and currently final book of the fantasy ‘Truth’ series by Dawn Cook. ‘First Truth’, ‘Hidden Truth’ and ‘Forgotten Truth’ being the first three. A reader often faces a dilemma when starting a series in the middle. How hard will it be to pick up the story? Will the […]

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When She Woke by Hillary Jordan (book review).

October 25, 2012 | By | Reply More
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan (book review).

Many novels search for that elusive hook in the first paragraph of George Orwell’s ‘1984’, ‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen’ is pretty hard to beat. Hilary Jordan’s novel, ‘When She Woke’ first paragraph, ‘When she woke, she was red. Not flushed, not sunburned, but the solid, […]

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