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The Smoke by Simon Ings (book review).

February 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Smoke by Simon Ings (book review).

Simon Ings brings us an alternative Earth in his latest book ‘The Smoke’, where history has diverged at some point from what we know to produce something far more bizarre than usually encountered in alternative histories. This is due to the pivotal event where this world split from our own being a biological discovery rather […]

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The Missy Chronicles by assorted authors (book review).

February 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Missy Chronicles by assorted authors (book review).

In possibly a misguided attempt to bring in the doubters, welcome to ‘The Missy Chronicles’. The loveable psychopath is a woman now and, whilst I doubt she has embraced all the ups and downs of womanhood, no one mention the menopause please, we probably haven’t has enough of the work in progress that is the […]

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The Overneath by Peter S. Beagle (ebook review).

February 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Overneath by Peter S. Beagle (ebook review).

Peter S. Beagle’s latest book, ‘The Overneath’, isn’t a novel but an anthology. ‘The Green-Eyed Boy’ is a story about the youthful Schmendrick, big-nosed clumsy magician star of Beagle’s best-known work ‘The Last Unicorn’, which I haven’t read. It’s narrated by Schmendrick’s master, the magician to whom he is apprenticed, a great wizard called Nikos. […]

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Dreams Must Explain Themselves: The Selected Non-Fiction Of Ursula K. LeGuin (book review).

February 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Dreams Must Explain Themselves: The Selected Non-Fiction Of Ursula K. LeGuin (book review).

Ursula K. LeGuin died on 22 January 2018, narrowly missing the release of her last book, ‘Dreams Must Explain Themselves: The Selected Non-Fiction Of Ursula K. LeGuin’. This is 50 articles that she wrote between 1972-2004. Looking through her booklist that Gollanz provided at the opening of the book, I’ve only ever read four of […]

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Graphene by Les Johnson & Joseph E. Neany (book review).

February 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Graphene by Les Johnson & Joseph E. Neany (book review).

If you thought graphene was a newly discovered form of carbon, reading Les Johnson and Joseph E. Neany’s book on the subject places its earliest appearance to the mid-1920s. In case you didn’t know, carbon comes in many forms of allotropes. You’re all familiar with coal and diamond, but its molecular pattern offering up two […]

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Something Coming Through by Paul McAuley (book review).

February 19, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
Something Coming Through by Paul McAuley (book review).

When the alien Jackaroo come to Earth, they claim to be concerned only with the welfare of mankind. They provide access to fifteen extra-solar planets for mankind to colonise and from these worlds come a steady stream of alien artefacts from the lost Elder Cultures, artefacts that are little understood but that affect people in […]

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NASA Skylab: 1969 To 1979 (All Modules) by David Baker (book review).

February 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
NASA Skylab: 1969 To 1979 (All Modules) by David Baker (book review).

In many ways, looking back, the NASA Skylab was a makeshift idea on a budget. Take a section of the Apollo rocket and turn it into an orbiting workshop. Originally, this was to be a spent rocket in orbit and hence the term, ‘wet’ workshop. This was then changed to launching an unused section and […]

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Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad edited by George RR Martin (book review).

February 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad edited by George RR Martin (book review).

After the events of the third ‘Wild Cards’ book, ‘Jokers Wild’, a delegation of Aces and Jokers, led by Senator Gregg Hartmann and Dr. Tachyon are on a United Nations goodwill tour of the world in the fourth book, ‘Aces Abroad’. An undercurrent of this is to purposely quieten New York for a few months […]

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What Makes Your Brain Happy And Why You Should Do The Opposite by David DiSalvo (book review).

February 13, 2018 | By | Reply More
What Makes Your Brain Happy And Why You Should Do The Opposite by David DiSalvo (book review).

‘What Makes Your Brain Happy And Why You Should De The Opposite’ by David DiSalvo has been reviewed before back in 2011 but it has now been updated and revised for 2018. As DiSalvo points out, a lot of research in brain cognitiveness has been carried out in the past 7 years, showing this kind […]

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Throne Of The Bastards by Brian Keene and Stephen L. Shrewsbury (book review).

February 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Throne Of The Bastards by Brian Keene and Stephen L. Shrewsbury (book review).

‘Throne Of The Bastards’ follows on from ‘King Of The Bastards’ with no break in Rogan’s trail of mayhem. If you didn’t read ‘King Of The Bastards,’ then I should mention that this is a sword and sorcery tale by Brian Keene and Stephen L. Shrewsbury with the emphasis on the sword bit as its […]

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