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We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, translated by Clarence Brown (book review).

November 20, 2021 | By | Reply More
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, translated by Clarence Brown (book review).

Reading about ‘We’, it was originally released in 1921 by Russian author Yevgeny Zamyatin (1884-1937) and centred on a dystopia and got promptly banned for 60 years. It was also translated into English by Clarence Brown in 1993 and is considered influential on George Orwell’s ‘1984’, although no one says how he got a copy, […]

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Isolate: A Novel In The Grand Illusion 1 by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (book review).

November 17, 2021 | By | Reply More
Isolate: A Novel In The Grand Illusion 1 by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (book review).

Steffan Dekkard is a security aide to Councillor Obreduur of the Craft Party in the state of Guldoran. He lives in the Councillor’s house along with Obreduur’s wife and children and other staff members, including Avraal Ysella, a female empath. Ysella is also a security guard but both she and Dekkard double up as economic […]

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Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw (book review).

November 16, 2021 | By | Reply More
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw (book review).

I love reading ghost stories. I am also interested in learning about Japan, its people, culture and fiction. So when I got offered a review copy of ‘Nothing But Blackened Teeth’, a ghost story based on Japanese folklore, I jumped at the chance to read it. The book is written by Cassandra Khaw, a Malaysian […]

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Welcome To The Greenhouse: New Science Fiction on Climate Change, edited by Gordon Van Gelder (book review).

November 16, 2021 | By | Reply More
Welcome To The Greenhouse: New Science Fiction on Climate Change, edited by Gordon Van Gelder (book review).

‘Welcome To The Greenhouse’ is an anthology edited by Gordon Van Gelder. He asked 16 writers ‘who speculate about the future to consider the subject of climate change’ back in 2011. It should be emphasised this is commenting on impact of changing the climate, not offering solutions. There were two exceptions. The first is the […]

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Sanctuary by V.V. James (book review).

November 13, 2021 | By | Reply More
Sanctuary by V.V. James (book review).

‘Sanctuary’ is a standalone urban fantasy novel written by V.V. James. Meggie Knight has an interesting case on her hands. The star quarterback of the local football team has been murdered and it looks more and more likely that the daughter of the local witch is responsible. Now the mother of the quarterback and the […]

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Fleet Of Knives (An Embers Of War novel – book 2) by Gareth L. Powell (book review).

November 13, 2021 | By | Reply More
Fleet Of Knives (An Embers Of War novel – book 2) by Gareth L. Powell (book review).

‘Fleet Of Knives’ is book two in the ‘Embers Of War’ series by Gareth L. Powell. As this is a review for the second book in a series please be aware there may be spoilers throughout. ‘Fleet Of Knives’ carries on almost straight after book one, ‘Embers Of War’, in the series. This time Trouble […]

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In The Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland (book review).

November 11, 2021 | By | Reply More
In The Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland (book review).

‘The Ravenous Dark’ is a standalone fantasy book by A.M. Strickland. Rovan watched her father die to protect her and her mother from the fate of those with magic when she was a small child. Unfortunately, she exposes her magical ability trying to save her lover meaning her father’s death was for nothing. Rovan now […]

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Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (book review).

November 11, 2021 | By | Reply More
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (book review).

‘Project Hail Mary’ is the third standalone Science Fiction novel by Andy Weir and the second one I’ve personally read. Ryland Grace wakes up on board a spaceship alongside his dead crewmates on a mission he has no memory of. Slowly but surely, the enormity of his mission dawns on him and he realises he’s […]

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Putting The Science In Fiction edited/co-written by Dan Koboldt (book review).

November 10, 2021 | By | Reply More
Putting The Science In Fiction edited/co-written by Dan Koboldt (book review).

I do think that there should be more books like ‘Putting The Science In Fiction’ about. Not just covering the sciences, but popular mistakes that are compounded in fiction, especially films and TV programmes. Think of elevators/lifts and being able to climb onto the roofs from the inside. Total myth has become a lazy trope […]

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The Scholars Of Night by John M. Ford (book review).

November 5, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Scholars Of Night by John M. Ford (book review).

Divers have found a body in a German river. The corpse of the long dead WW2 American soldier is still in the driver’s seat of his jeep and still cuffed to a briefcase. Miraculously, the papers inside the case are able to be recovered. Documents that list agents and double agents for governments all over […]

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