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The Outcast Blade (The Assassini book 2) by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (book review).

February 17, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Outcast Blade (The Assassini book 2) by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (book review).

‘The Outcast Blade’ is the second ‘act’ of ‘The Assassini’, an alt-historic fantasy focusing on the political and romantic intrigues of fifteenth-century Venice; it follows on from ‘The Fallen Blade’, which I didn’t really enjoy and is considerably more assured than its predecessor. The Venice of the time was Europe’s richest city, grown fat on […]

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Salvage And Demolition by Tim Powers (book review).

January 23, 2013 | By | Reply More
Salvage And Demolition by Tim Powers	(book review).

‘Salvage And Demolition’, the latest novella from Tim Powers, is a classic. I don’t necessarily mean it’s an enduring work of genius (though it’s pretty damn good), rather that it’s written in such a way and about such things as to instantly hurl its reader back in time to the or at least ‘a’ golden […]

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Eclipse Phase: Rimward: The Outer System (RPG review).

December 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
Eclipse Phase: Rimward: The Outer System (RPG review).

‘Rimward’ is a setting book for Eclipse Phase, the futuristic role-playing game (RPG) of transhuman conspiracy and horror, detailing the settlements and societies of the outer Solar System. The setting of ‘Eclipse Phase’ is an alien and yet scrupulously plausible one, occurring at some vaguely defined time probably 100-150 years away. Ten years in the […]

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Star Trek: Catan board game (board game review)

December 17, 2012 | By | Reply More
Star Trek: Catan board game (board game review)

‘Settlers of Catan’ is a celebrated board game in which you gather resources, trade with your opponents and build roads and settlements in pursuit of total mercantile domination on a tiny island of improbable ecological diversity. It’s spawned multiple expansions, a cult following and innumerable ‘wood for sheep’ puns and is an enduring staple of […]

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Artemis by Philip Palmer (book review).

October 31, 2012 | By | Reply More
Artemis by Philip Palmer	(book review).

What the hell am I supposed to make of ‘Artemis’? It’s a novel which appears to be all surface and a mirrored surface at that. Not a normal mirror, neither. More like viewing your reflection in a T1000-esque blob of protean silver, where you’re fairly sure at least some part of it is giving you […]

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Warlord (The Wolfblade Trilogy book three) by Jennifer Fallon (book review).

October 27, 2012 | By | Reply More
Warlord (The Wolfblade Trilogy book three) by Jennifer Fallon (book review).

‘Warrior’, the second book in Jennifer Fallon’s ‘The Wolfblade Trilogy’, ended with the promise of an all-encompassing, hopelessly one-sided war. ‘Warlord’ makes good on that promise, more or less, but it’s less a thrilling conclusion to the series than a by-the-numbers checklist of plot threads that need tying off, one by one by one. There’s […]

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Warrior (The Wolfblade Trilogy book two) by Jennifer Fallon (book review).

September 28, 2012 | By | Reply More
Warrior (The Wolfblade Trilogy book two) by Jennifer Fallon (book review).

Two things happen in ‘Warrior’. This isn’t hyperbole or writerly misdirection to hook you into reading more of this review: the second book in the ‘Wolfblade Trilogy’ could have been stripped down to a dozen pages or so and still served as a functional second act. You’ll notice I said functional, not fun. What happens […]

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