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The City Of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy book 1) by S.A. Chakraborty (book review).

September 25, 2018 | By | Reply More
The City Of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy book 1) by S.A. Chakraborty (book review).

‘The City Of Brass’ is the first in ‘The Daevabad Trilogy’ by S.A. Chakraborty and is her debut novel. Nahri is a street urchin who gets by swindling money out of the rich by pretending to read palms and healing the sick. She knows she’s swindling them as she firmly believes that magic doesn’t exist, […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 29 no. 1 #108 (magazine review).

September 25, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 29 no. 1  #108 (magazine review).

The latest issue of ‘On Spec’ is out now with the usual variety of stories. The fiction opens with ‘Medicus’ by Robin S. Carson, a time travel story set in the Roman Empire. In the little mountain town of Augustula lives a medicus, better than most as his treatments actually work. When a stranger comes […]

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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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The Dragon’s Child by Janine Webb (book review).

September 18, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Dragon’s Child by Janine Webb (book review).

Based in a society where dragons can transform in to humans and currently control all the businesses as a result of which they are wealthy, Lady Feng accidentally kills a human child. Because of this, she feels she should replace it with one of her own children. However, Long Wei the dragon child grows up […]

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Time’s Convert (All Souls Universe book 1) by Deborah Harkness (book review).

September 18, 2018 | By | Reply More
Time’s Convert (All Souls Universe book 1) by Deborah Harkness (book review).

‘Time’s Convert’ is book one in the ‘All Souls Universe’ series by Deborah Harkness, it follows on from the ‘All Souls Trilogy’ but focuses more on the side characters. This book focuses mostly on Marcus, his past and his present, going from when he was a small child in the American Revolution to his conversion […]

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By The Pricking Of Her Thumb (A Real Town Murder) by Adam Roberts (book review).

September 17, 2018 | By | Reply More
By The Pricking Of Her Thumb (A Real Town Murder) by Adam Roberts (book review).

Adam Roberts is a great player with words, constructing lyrical prose and playful dialogue without any care as to whether it falls strictly within the rules of English grammar or whether indeed the words could be found in a dictionary. Private detective Alma, her partner Marguerite and several of the other characters she encounters like […]

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Live like an eco-Hobbit.

September 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
Live like an eco-Hobbit.

An energy-efficient eco-Hobbit home has been built by Lord of the Rings fan Jim Castigan deep in the woods of New York. It’s now for sale, too, if you’re interesting in riding out the encroach of the dark forces of Mordor. 

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The Tale Of The Tales: The Beatrix Potter Ballet by Rumer Godden (book review).

September 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Tale Of The Tales: The Beatrix Potter Ballet by Rumer Godden (book review).

I was watching a DVD of ‘The Tales Of Beatrix Potter’ recently, not having seen the film in a couple decades. I saw the film originally back in 1972 at the local fleapit with the ushers trying to dissuade me because other cinema-goers had been put off because it had no dialogue. Although I didn’t […]

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Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy book 1) by Robert Jackson Bennett (book review).

August 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy book 1) by Robert Jackson Bennett (book review).

When the whole genre of fantasy took off, mostly due the success of Tolkien’s ‘Lord Of The Rings’, we were deluged by trilogies of quest novels set in low tech societies which used some kind of magic. Some were excellent but, as time passed, the originality deteriorated. While this kind of fantasy is still popular […]

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The World Of Lore Volume 1: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke (book review).

August 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
The World Of Lore Volume 1: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke (book review).

It’s not uncommon for blogs and podcasts to be turned into books, but such publications aren’t always successful. A case in point is Aaron Mahnke’s ‘The World Of Lore’, a book based upon what is an undeniably successful podcast. Not only has the ‘Lore’ podcast run to over ninety episodes, it has even been adapted […]

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