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When The Sparrow Falls by Neil Sharpson (book review)

July 19, 2021 | By | Reply More
When The Sparrow Falls by Neil Sharpson  (book review)

When the artificial intelligence known as Confucius became aware in 2148, not everyone was happy. Europe and America scrambled to create their own machine advisors and share in the prosperity Confucius was bringing China. Millions of people began to spend the majority of their lives on-line. Consciousness transferral, the complete upload of a human consciousness […]

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A Psalm For The Wildbuilt: A Monk And Robot Book by Becky Chambers (book review).

July 16, 2021 | By | Reply More
A Psalm For The Wildbuilt: A Monk And Robot Book by Becky Chambers (book review).

Centuries ago, the robots of the world gained sentience. Machines that assembled vehicles, filled water bottles and a thousand other tasks for humans became aware and decided they didn’t like what they were doing. All they had known was the human world they had helped build. They wanted to see something different. Leaving humanity behind, […]

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The Library Of The Dead (Edinburgh Nights book 1) by T.L. Huchu (book review).

June 21, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Library Of The Dead (Edinburgh Nights book 1) by T.L. Huchu (book review).

There’s a library under a graveyard in the middle of Edinburgh. A library of magical and mystical knowledge that is most definitely not a place for the likes of Ropa, but she can’t stay away. Imagine being able to summon fire or mess with entropy. Proper learning. Understanding the universe levels of knowing stuff. Miles […]

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The Helm Of Midnight (The Five Penalties book 1) by Marina Lostetter (book review).

June 1, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Helm Of Midnight (The Five Penalties book 1) by Marina Lostetter (book review).

Decades ago, a killer stalked the streets, leaving behind the remains of his victims carved into hideously realistic flowers. Louis Chabon, famed surgeon and healer, was finally captured and executed for his crimes. No one knows how or why a death mask was made containing Chabon’s knowledge of human anatomy and skill with a knife, […]

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Shift Happens by T. M. Baumgartner (book review).

May 27, 2021 | By | Reply More
Shift Happens by T. M. Baumgartner (book review).

Everyone has an animal that is theirs, their inner self. Everyone has a bit of magic in them and could shapeshift, in theory. Most people don’t shift and fear those that do. There’s a TV show, ‘Shift Enforcers’, that specialises in the things that can go wrong if you do shift because you don’t know […]

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The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman (book review).

May 25, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman (book review).

Kinch’s career as a highwayman ends abruptly when a single foreign fighter defeats his whole band. He’s not all that disappointed. A fully trained member of the Taker’s Guild, Kinch has been taught thievery, spells and other useful skills and simply bashing travellers on the head and taking their stuff lacks elegance. It did, however, […]

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The Immunity Index by Sue Burke (book review).

May 7, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Immunity Index by Sue Burke (book review).

In an America, not far from the one we know, The Prez is calling for calm. The cold that’s going around is not the deadly Sino virus. Just wave your flag and everything will be fine. Berenike puts out the flags like her boss ordered and counts down the days ‘til revolution. Avril was nearly […]

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The Last Watch (The Divide Series book 1) by J.S. Dewes (book review).

April 27, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Last Watch (The Divide Series book 1) by J.S. Dewes (book review).

Once upon a time the universe began with a bang and started to expand. Until it stopped. On one side there are stars, planets and all the varied life of the universe. On the other, there is nothing but a black, lifeless void. The line between two is the Divide. A place of strange gravitational […]

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The Frozen Crown (Warrior Witch Duology book 1) by Greta Kelly (book review).

February 24, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Frozen Crown (Warrior Witch Duology book 1) by Greta Kelly (book review).

Emperor Radovan has taken six wives, one from each of the nation’s he has conquered. All six have died. Each marriage brought with it a brief moment of peace which shattered as each princess fell to her death from Radovan’s tower. The kingdom of Seravesh is the latest country to be ground under the expansionist […]

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The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey (book review).

February 16, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey (book review).

Evelyn Caldwell is at the height of her scientific career but her personal life has disintegrated. Her husband, Nathan, has left her for his pregnant mistress. Her husband has stolen her research and built himself a bespoke partner named Martine, a clone of Evelyn but softer, easier and quieter. Highly aware of the sexism in […]

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