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Barren (A Demon Cycle Novella) by Peter V Brett (book review).

April 11, 2019 | By | Reply More
Barren (A Demon Cycle Novella) by Peter V Brett (book review).

Peter V Brett’s ‘Demon Cycle’ is an epic fantasy set over five fairly sizeable books and a number of accompanying novellas. ‘Barren’ is the most recent of those novellas and with only 135 pages you might expect it to be a little light on content but, in those pages, Brett fits in what many others […]

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Blood On Satan’s Claw adapted by Mark Morris (audio book review).

April 10, 2019 | By | Reply More
Blood On Satan’s Claw adapted by Mark Morris (audio book review).

‘Blood On Satan’s Claw’ is a full cast Audible Original audiobook based on a cult 1970s horror movie of the same name. Its voice cast features the well-known names of Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith (apparently both big fans of the film), alongside one of the original film’s cast (Linda Hayden) and the screenplay has […]

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City Of The Iron Fish by Simon Ings (book review).

October 5, 2018 | By | Reply More
City Of The Iron Fish by Simon Ings (book review).

The thing that really drew me to this book is the eye-catching artwork on the cover, which is by one of my favourite cover artists, Jeffrey Alan Love. Drawing me in enough to read the blurb, I thought that ‘The City Of The Iron Fish’ sounded intriguing and I was looking forward to my first […]

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Marked (Alex Verus book 9) by Benedict Jacka (book review).

September 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Marked (Alex Verus book 9) by Benedict Jacka (book review).

‘Marked’ is the ninth instalment in one of my favourite series of books, Benedict Jacka’s ‘Alex Verus’ novels. When you’ve already read eight books in a series, reading a new book is almost like visiting old friends and the challenge for the author is to keep adding in new elements and greater depth to keep […]

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Fictional Alignment : The Sequel To An Android Awakes by Mike French (book review).

August 30, 2018 | By | Reply More
Fictional Alignment : The Sequel To An Android Awakes by Mike French (book review).

‘Fictional Alignment’ is Mike French’s follow-up to his illustrated novel, ‘An Android Awakes’. Expecting a similar blend of interesting graphics and entertaining storytelling, I picked up ‘Fictional Alignment’ quite eagerly but, unfortunately, found it to be somewhat of a disappointment and actually a real slog to get through. The story follows a human named Saphira, […]

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Vicious Rumer by Joshua Winning (book review).

August 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
Vicious Rumer by Joshua Winning (book review).

Rumer Cross is the orphaned daughter of one of the world’s most feared assassins. Her mother, Celene, stuck around just long enough to curse Rumer so that everyone she loves is doomed to die and then ran off and got herself killed. Yet someone seems to think that Celene left Rumer more than just a […]

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The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (book review).

June 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (book review).

Rin lives in a backwater town with adoptive parents who use her as free labour. She knows that the only way to get out of there and make a life of her choosing is to get accepted to the most prestigious military academy in the country, Sinegard. Yet how can she, a poorly educated commoner, […]

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Tales Of The Apt: Volume 2: A Time For Grief by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

June 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
Tales Of The Apt: Volume 2: A Time For Grief by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

‘A Time for Grief’ is the second volume of short stories set in the world of Adrian Tchaikovsky’s ten part epic, ‘Shadows Of The Apt’. Several characters from the series make appearances and we’re also introduced to a range of new people and places, too. The ‘Tales Of The Apt’ collections are loosely themed, with […]

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The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (book review).

April 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (book review).

When Aiden Bishop wakes up in a forest, he can’t remember how he got there, which is unsurprising as he’s currently inhabiting someone else’s body. Evelyn Hardcastle is going to die that night and Aiden must solve her murder and deliver proof of his solution to the mysterious plague doctor at 11pm precisely. He’ll have […]

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Britannia Season 1 (TV show review).

April 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
Britannia Season 1 (TV show review).

In 43AD, the Romans invade Britain, crossing paths with two warring tribes, the Cantii and the Regni. As the Roman soldiers face their fears of the horrors Britannia has in store for them, their leader, Aulus Plautius, tries to strike a deal with each tribe. Offering the protection of Rome in return for very reasonable […]

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