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Chasm by Stephen Laws (book review).

February 5, 2020 | By | Reply More
Chasm by Stephen Laws (book review).

There were a couple of factors I wasn’t aware of when I accepted a pdf review copy of this book from PS Publishing: Firstly, that it was actually a new edition of a book that originally came out just over 20 years ago. In fact, this is the first book release of the complete, restored […]

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The Art & Making Of Fantasy Miniatures by Jamie Kendall (book review).

January 31, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Art & Making Of Fantasy Miniatures by Jamie Kendall (book review).

Part of the job of reviewing is picking out books that although I might not know about the subject generally, I do appreciate that some of you out there do and I can learn something about it. I don’t do RPG and have only a passing acquaintance with the associated miniatures that are your playing […]

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Buffy To Batgirl edited by Julie M. Still and Zara T. Wilkinson (book review).

January 29, 2020 | By | Reply More
Buffy To Batgirl edited by Julie M. Still and Zara T. Wilkinson (book review).

Firstly, I should point out that the title, ‘Buffy To Batgirl’ is a bit of a misnomer because the covers 14 TV series/characters with some overlap and in a longer range of letters. The sub-title will brief you better on the subject matter, ‘Essays On Female Power, Evolving Femininity And Gender Roles In Science Fiction […]

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The Savage Deeps by Timothy S. Johnson (The Rise Of Oceania book 2) (book review).

January 27, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Savage Deeps by Timothy S. Johnson (The Rise Of Oceania  book 2) (book review).

Set in a possible future, ‘The Rise Of Oceania’ series tells an old story, a war for independence in a new and inventive setting. As the oceans rise, humanity takes refuge beneath the water, creating cities thirty metres under the surface. Life underwater is tough and consequently breeds tough men and women. Any threat to […]

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Stars Uncharted by S. K. Dunstall (book review).

January 24, 2020 | By | Reply More
Stars Uncharted by S. K. Dunstall (book review).

I was quite impressed with the ‘Linesman’ series of books produced by the Dunstall sisters, Sherylyn and Karen, so when I got the chance to get my hands on an early proof of their new novel, I jumped at it. It was a wise move on my part. Let’s get one thing straight though, ‘Stars […]

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High Fire by Eoin Colfer (book review).

January 24, 2020 | By | Reply More
High Fire by Eoin Colfer (book review).

‘Lord Highfire’ was a magnificent dragon, flaming whole villages when angered and ruling his kingdom through fear and awe. These days he goes by the name of Vern and lives in a shack in the swamps of Louisiana. Times have changed. Vern still doesn’t trust humans, though, so he’s as surprised as anyone when he […]

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Athena’s Champion (Olympus Trilogy book 1) by David Hare and Cath Mayo (book review).

January 23, 2020 | By | Reply More
Athena’s Champion (Olympus Trilogy book 1) by David Hare and Cath Mayo (book review).

Odysseus has travelled to Pytho to seek the blessing of his grandmother, the famous seer known as the Pythia. Expecting this to be a mere formality before being officially pronounced as heir to his father’s kingdom, Odysseus is shocked when the Pythia’s revelations expose family secrets that result in his banishment. Fleeing alone into the […]

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Superhuman: Life At The Extremes Of Mental And Physical Ability by Rowan Hooper (book review).

January 23, 2020 | By | Reply More
Superhuman: Life At The Extremes Of Mental And Physical Ability by Rowan Hooper (book review).

‘Superhuman: Life At The Extremes Of Mental And Physical Ability’ is a popular science book looking into the science behind performance at extreme levels. Ranging from seemingly subjective qualities, such as bravery and musical ability to more quantifiable traits like memory and endurance, this book covers a wide range of topics. Bringing together science and […]

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The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez (book review).

January 22, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez (book review).

In some respects, you’re thrown in the deep end from the wrong direction with Simon Jimenez’ book, ‘The Vanished Birds’, and getting a different perspective as we follow the life of Kaeda on an agriculture planet where a starship arrives every 15 years to collect their crop. Presumably, some financial settlement is made although we […]

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Abaddon’s Gate (book 3 of The Expanse Series) by James S.A. Corey (book review).

January 19, 2020 | By | Reply More
Abaddon’s Gate (book 3 of The Expanse Series) by James S.A. Corey (book review).

Note for those who have only watched ‘The Expanse’, there are significant sub-plot changes between the TV series and the novel. The alien protomolecule has risen from Venus like ‘some titanic sea creature’ and travelled to the outer planets’ zone to form a Ring a thousand kilometres wide. A flotilla of science and military ships […]

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