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By The Pricking Of Her Thumb (A Real Town Murder) by Adam Roberts (book review).

September 17, 2018 | By | Reply More
By The Pricking Of Her Thumb (A Real Town Murder) by Adam Roberts (book review).

Adam Roberts is a great player with words, constructing lyrical prose and playful dialogue without any care as to whether it falls strictly within the rules of English grammar or whether indeed the words could be found in a dictionary. Private detective Alma, her partner Marguerite and several of the other characters she encounters like […]

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Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson (book review).

September 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson (book review).

I’m used to passing Brandon Sanderson’s massive tomes and was surprised when practically the novella-sized, ‘Snapshot’, passed into my hands. At least I can say I’ve read one of Brandon Sanderson’s novels. Although the process isn’t explained, a virtual reality snapshot is made of part of the city and police detectives Davis and Chaz are […]

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Distracted: Reclaiming Our Focus In A World Of Lost Attention by Maggie Jackson (book review).

September 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
Distracted: Reclaiming Our Focus In A World Of Lost Attention by Maggie Jackson (book review).

‘Distracted: Reclaiming Our Focus In A World Of Lost Attention’ by Maggie Jackson is an update of her 2008 book. Her contention is people are doing far too much on-line through various devices and not paying attention to the real world with a variety of examples is something we should all be familiar with. I […]

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Monsters You Should Know by Emma Sancartier (book review).

September 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
Monsters You Should Know by Emma Sancartier (book review).

Now here’s a book for your under six year-old sprogs to read and keep them checking under the bed to make sure there are no monsters there. Emma Sancartier brings you some simply painted and minimal texted ‘Monsters You Should Know’ as a glossary to some 17 world-wide mythological creatures out there that are not […]

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They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Mid-Century Era: The 1950s And 1960s by Didier Ghez (book review).

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They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Mid-Century Era: The 1950s And 1960s by Didier Ghez (book review).

The fourth book in Didier Ghez’ series ‘They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Mid-Century Era: The 1950s And 1960s’ moves us up a decade and five new more artists. These were selected by Disney to present some new style compared to what his team had created before. As an introduction, Ghez […]

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Cut In Half: The Hidden World Inside Everyday Objects by Mike Warren, photographs by Jonothan Woodward (book review).

September 4, 2018 | By | Reply More
Cut In Half: The Hidden World Inside Everyday Objects by Mike Warren, photographs by Jonothan Woodward (book review).

You’ve seen books before where illustrators do cutaway diagrams showing the insides of buildings and vehicles, haven’t you? Mike Warren goes one better. He has a 600,000psi waterjet cutter where a high pressure water beam pushing red sand is akin to high level laser that can zap its way through most objects. Warren notes it […]

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Game Of The Gods by Jay Schiffman (book review).

September 4, 2018 | By | Reply More
Game Of The Gods by Jay Schiffman (book review).

The first thing that struck me about Jay Schiffman’s debut novel ‘Game Of The Gods’ was the characters’ quirky names, which struck me as somewhat Vancian and made a nice change from the usual run-of-the-mill popular name derivatives. There are characters called Dariox Vinyl, Pique Rollins, Spiro de Yerusalom and Veriton Glass. Some of these […]

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After The Orange: Ruin And Recovery edited by Manny Frishberg (ebook review).

August 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
After The Orange: Ruin And Recovery edited by Manny Frishberg (ebook review).

‘After The Orange’ features twenty-four stories by a variety of writers contemplating the future of America and the world after 2032 or further ahead. The basic premise is that the current leader of the free world will make changes that have long-lasting effects. In the foreword, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough quotes an anthropologist discussing places and […]

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Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy book 1) by Robert Jackson Bennett (book review).

August 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy book 1) by Robert Jackson Bennett (book review).

When the whole genre of fantasy took off, mostly due the success of Tolkien’s ‘Lord Of The Rings’, we were deluged by trilogies of quest novels set in low tech societies which used some kind of magic. Some were excellent but, as time passed, the originality deteriorated. While this kind of fantasy is still popular […]

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Superman In Myth And Folklore by Daniel Peretti (book review).

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Superman In Myth And Folklore by Daniel Peretti (book review).

As the title of Daniel Peretti’s book, ‘Superman In Myth And Folklore’, shows its more an exploration of how the Man of Steel has become part of modern American folklore than the comicbooks themselves. I have to confess to not being surprised by this. After all, the USA is a mixed immigrant culture which, outside […]

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