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AlphaBit: An ABC Quest In 8-Bit, illustrated by Juan Carlos Solon (book review).

August 16, 2019 | By | Reply More
AlphaBit: An ABC Quest In 8-Bit, illustrated by Juan Carlos Solon (book review).

You can always tell when publicists are paying attention to us at SFC, they spot me reviewing books suitable for sprogs, although this is probably the youngest I’ve done as it’s for really early learner age. Juan Carlos Solon’s art is designed to look like 8-bit pixel art and for each letter of the alphabet, […]

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Am I Overthinking This? by Michelle Rial (book review).

August 16, 2019 | By | Reply More
Am I Overthinking This? by Michelle Rial (book review).

Now am I overthinking here? Michelle Rial’s book ‘Am I Overthinking This?’ on a page flick test is an assortment of photographic and simple art pages, some of it purporting to be the bell-shaped averages graph. When you read, the text is actually very simple but it is supposed to be. Are you sure you […]

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Electric Forest by Tanith Lee (book review).

August 14, 2019 | By | Reply More
Electric Forest by Tanith Lee (book review).

One of the problems with choosing from the plethora of books on offer is which one. Should it be something a friend with similar tastes has recommended, a new author you’ve not yet sampled or one of the ‘classics’. The term ‘classic’ is itself a minefield. Younger readers tend to think of them as on […]

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The Redemption Of Time (A Three-Body Problem Novel) by Baoshu translated by Ken Liu (book review).

August 13, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Redemption Of Time (A Three-Body Problem Novel) by Baoshu translated by Ken Liu (book review).

The ‘Three Body’ trilogy was an epic tale of alien invasion, stunning large-concept feats of engineering, long-scale social development and tragic tales of the individuals caught up in events beyond their control. It was a cult phenomenon in China when first published and, like many popular books, spawned its own fan fiction. The best known […]

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WWII: Codebreakers And Spies by Michael Smith (book review).

August 13, 2019 | By | Reply More
WWII: Codebreakers And Spies by Michael Smith (book review).

Author Michael Smith reveals in his introduction to his book, ‘WWII: Codebreakers And Spies’, that its only now with public release of classified information that we’re getting a clearer picture of what went on in this area of espionage during World War II. What makes this book of special importance is you have copies of […]

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The Fifth Season (book 1 of the Broken Earth) by N. K. Jemisin (book review).

August 12, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Fifth Season (book 1 of the Broken Earth) by N. K. Jemisin (book review).

‘The Fifth Season’ tells the story of a world very different from our own with a single giant continent that is regularly broken apart and put back together. This instability has shaped a very harsh society with each individual defined by the skills they can bring to a community. The useful survive a fifth season. […]

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A Fantasy Medley 3 edited by Yanni Kuznia (book review).

August 11, 2019 | By | Reply More
A Fantasy Medley 3 edited by Yanni Kuznia (book review).

‘A Fantasy Medley 3’ contains four short stories by four authors, three of them as a lead-in, preview or reader magnet into novel series featuring the same characters. Each can be read as standalone so unfamiliarity with the background is not an issue. First up is ‘Goddess At The Crossroads’ by Kevin Hearne, which features […]

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Every Thing About You by Heather Child (book review).

August 11, 2019 | By | Reply More
Every Thing About You by Heather Child (book review).

‘Every Thing About You’ by Heather Child is a techno-thriller set in near future Britain, where automation and personalisation technologies have developed at a fast pace. Freya is having a bad day. Her new smartface wakes her up early to get her to work on time and reminds her it was a discarded birthday present […]

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Cutting Edge Science by Colin Barras (book review).

August 9, 2019 | By | Reply More
Cutting Edge Science by Colin Barras (book review).

If you want a ready book on the current advances in science then look no further than Colin Barras’ book ‘Cutting Edge Science’. Even when I first started reading it, I thought this ought to be a biannual book to show how modern advances are going. An annual might be pushing it though. There are […]

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Jack Of Shadows by Roger Zelazny (book review).

August 9, 2019 | By | Reply More
Jack Of Shadows by Roger Zelazny (book review).

Best known for his ‘Amber Chronicles’, Roger Zelazny (1937-1995) produced a string of other Science Fiction and crime novels, often dealing with metaphysical or religious themes. I’m a big fan of Zelazny, and while I haven’t read all of his work, ‘Jack Of Shadows’ feels like the ur-Zelazny story. It has a mysterious, powerful but […]

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