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Vita Nostra by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko (book review).

July 18, 2019 | By | Reply More
Vita Nostra by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko (book review).

‘Vita Nostra’ has been translated from Marina and Sergey Dyachenko’s original Russian by talented translator Julia Meytov Hersey. How anyone goes about translating something so alien is beyond me, but what has emerged in English is a compelling yet often confusing tale of one girl’s education in the surreal, mystical and metaphysical arts. Sasha Samokhina […]

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This Is How You Lose The Time War by Max Gladstone & Amal El Mohtar (book review).

July 18, 2019 | By | Reply More
This Is How You Lose The Time War by Max Gladstone & Amal El Mohtar (book review).

Now here’s an odd book. It’s small and the text is double-lined, usually a sign that it is a Young Adult book. Except it isn’t. ‘This Is How You Lose The Time War’ by the dual authors Max Gladstone & Amal El Mohtar is for readers who like flowery descriptive prose than adventure text. There […]

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Our Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins Of What Divides Us by Avi Tuschman (book review).

July 16, 2019 | By | Reply More
Our Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins Of What Divides Us by Avi Tuschman (book review).

OK, I am not very prone at all to reading political books. What Avi Tuschman has done with this book, ‘Our Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins Of What Divides Us’, is look at whether out choices are innate than by free choice rather than which way your political beliefs you support. More so as fraternal […]

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The Jewel And Her Lapidary (The Jewel Series book 1) by Fran Wilde (book review).

July 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Jewel And Her Lapidary (The Jewel Series book 1) by Fran Wilde (book review).

Lin is a Jewel, a member of the valley’s royal family and Sima is her lapidary, a servant sworn to protect her and work with the magical gems that protect the valley. But when the king’s lapidary betrays the court, killing everyone but Sima and Lin, the valley is exposed. Many of the gems that […]

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Steve Gerber Conversations edited by Jason Sacks, Eric Hoffman and Dominick Grace (book review).

July 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
Steve Gerber Conversations edited by Jason Sacks, Eric Hoffman and Dominick Grace (book review).

Even if you don’t know comicbook history, you might still have heard of comicbook writer Steve Gerber (1947-2008). Reading the 28 page biography at the start of this book will fill you in if you don’t or missed out details. He was one of the first modern comicbook scriptwriters who chose to address issues and […]

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Science The Sh*t Out Of Life by Colin Stuart and Mun Keat Looi (book review).

July 11, 2019 | By | Reply More
Science The Sh*t Out Of Life by Colin Stuart and Mun Keat Looi (book review).

Seeing the title of this book, ‘Science The Sh*t Out Of Life’ by Colin Stuart and Mun Keat Looi, I did ask the publicist the obvious question as to how would you ask for a copy in a bookshop? The ‘Sh*t’ rhymes with ‘hush’ I was told. Good luck with that. I also suggested a […]

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All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka (book review).

July 10, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka (book review).

‘Groundhog Day with aliens,’ is how one might describe the Tom Cruise film ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’. Based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel translated by Alexander O. Smith as ‘All You Need IS Kill’, it was an intelligent and entertaining slice of military SF. As you might expect, the film didn’t follow the book exactly, but it […]

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Across The Void by S.K. Vaughn (book review).

July 10, 2019 | By | Reply More
Across The Void by S.K. Vaughn (book review).

S.K. Vaughn’s new novel, ‘Across The Void’ relies on a common theme of an isolated astronaut trying to survive. Commander Mayam ‘May’ Knox is brought out of hibernation in a disorientated fashion and finds herself alone on the damaged spaceship, Hawking II, during its Europa mission. Her only companion is the ship’s AI, which she […]

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Salvation Day by Kali Wallace (book review).

July 9, 2019 | By | Reply More
Salvation Day by Kali Wallace (book review).

‘Salvation Day’ is an SF adventure/horror story set hundreds of years in the future. The complex background is revealed in skilful exposition in the first two chapters, even as the story gets started, no mean feat. In truth, the early part is borderline info dump but get past that, it’s not long and you are […]

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Killing Gods: A Superhero Novel by Tony Cooper (book review).

July 5, 2019 | By | Reply More
Killing Gods: A Superhero Novel by Tony Cooper (book review).

One of the best reasons for writing a sequel is if the characters have more story to tell and if it is sufficiently different from their first outing to keep the readership enthralled while holding on to all the features that made the original idea captivating. It is not easy to do and many authors […]

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